I have been unactive for a bit here. This is my last exam and just took it. It says I failed but I feel like I did not because the next round will be it for me. I have learned so much through this process I feel like I will be the guy at the office who knows it all by the time I finish this PDD. My thoughts.
The exam is for sure hard. It has content from all over the place which makes it harder to prepare for. My suggestions:
Pick a good set of drawings and learn a lot about each element that makes up a building from the soil to the roof. Study about everything on a site which you might need to detail or be involve with in some fashion. But learn about it all. Then learn about how this may change if you are in a cold climate or a hot climate how do all of these systems adapt or change and what are the forces that shape them.
I always thought PDD would be my strongest exam because this is what we do the most at work but in reality there is just so much we don't do and often times disregard. I bought all the books and highly recommend anyone to do the investment and become scientists of this stuff. I love learning maybe this is why I dont see the failure. I see it as a liability I am avoiding and claims that may arise if I dont know this stuff.
Also find others in the process and share books and resources. Being mindful of confidential information yet generous about knowledge and skills more than anything else. "Eventually we will all pass", I think I heard someone say this and I think it is true. Just do not give up.
I only regret that my wife and 2 children (almost 3) have to deal with my study madness once again (I put over 60 hours per week on my last few weeks). Now I have to make it up on my diaper duties and family time while the 2 months come and I continue (Do not stop), continue in the learning process.
Keep going guys we are closer and closer even if the results don't show it.
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