amber book, boot camp and black spectacles. Help!

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    Meeta Morrison

    Hi Lorna, I used Boot camp and it gave me the kick I needed. It was really inspiring to be in the Boot Camp community and get feedback, advice and motivation. Michael Risica Has compiled a set of resources that was great for studying.. I learned so much about the test and the profession as well.

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    Lorna Alvarado Oyola

    Thank you so much! There are so many resources that is hard to choose.

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    Elaine Wong

    I would take Black Spec out of the equation. Its really broad and if you are on your own, like myself (I am in London), BS is not enough i think. I am tempted to use Boot Camp but similar situation is that I will run into the problem with time difference. 

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    Michael Lawson

    I used Amber and Black Spectacles because they were both upfront about what it would cost and what I would get. I haven't seen what the boot camp would cost anywhere. I will say though, you don't 100% need any of them. The bulk of my learning came from the primary sources listed in the ARE handbook. These third party materials or group study sessions are for practice or for diligence. They will not provide the required learning for the tests nearly as well as a primary source. I'd recommend starting there. 

    If you're in Japan, it must be hard to find study buddies, but this community could get you part of the way there. Definitely keep sharing your progress, lots of people here will hold you accountable. 

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    Lorna Alvarado Oyola

    You guys rock. Thank you all for the responses. I am using the reference materials. Also have been using the PPI book and the practice exams and they seem pretty good. :)

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    Katie Merten

    Lorna, 

    Since you're in Japan, the Bootcamp might be the way to go.  He should be able to accommodate your time zone in the weekly meetings, but it still might be tough.  However, you will not be the first person he's had in the Bootcamp from another country! 

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    Michael Riscica

    Michael Lawson, 

    The cost of the boot camp is clearly defined after you click the button for the program your interested in. The price is not the same for each program.. 

    I disagree with you on advice about starting with the reference documents. AIA Contracts and most NCARB recommended references were not created to be studied. They were created as references for practicing architects. ARE Study materials were created to be studied. I highly recommend starting there and then later moving towards the reference documents. I will agree that there are many great resources in their list, however each of us learns differently. 

    I am a visual learner (which is how i arrived at architecture) reading giant books that were created to be references isnt always the best way to study for each person. We all have different skills, learning styles, experiences, educations and beliefs. Please be open to acknowledging that everyone has a very different experience on these exams. 

    Thanks for your advice and keep working hard. 

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    Michael Lawson

    Thanks Michael R. I didn't see the price before, probably didn't dig deep enough. I would definitely echo the sentiment "Please be open to acknowledging that everyone has a very different experience on these exams." Since everyone has different learning styles, our recommendations only go so far. Each individual will choose their own path. I sincerely hope you know I am not directing any comments at or against you or your Bootcamp. I simply did not use it, and had a very different experience on these exams. There can be lots of overlap though. I don't think I've heard of one person who used a single resource to successfully pass all the exams. 

    I am also a visual learner, and luckily many of the referenced books have great illustrations that I liked to copy by hand to help me learn. The Building Codes/Construction Illustrated are great examples. I definitely recommend drawing as much as you can when studying if you like learning that way, it really helps everything sink in (and it is a lot more fun). 

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    Lorna Alvarado Oyola

    Thank you so much Erik! 

    Your input is very helpful, specially when there is so many sources of information that I have to use wisely. 

    I hope this post helps others, because these exams are challenging, time consuming and wallet draining. 

    I appreciate everyone's advice.

    ~Lorna

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    Jordan Rhodes

    IMO👎🏾= Black Spectacles
    Ppi/Brightwood/Ballast are cost effective and accurate to the actual exams.

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