Rolling Clock: 7 days left before I lost 4 of the exams + retake of PPD if I didn't pass it yesterday.
Fails on PPD and PDD
I had transitioned from ARE 4.0
Many other posts have great input on what to study, and since I had to buckle down and study before I lost many of the exams, this is what worked for me:
I created folders of categories on my computer. (Acoustics, Code, Details, Lighting, Foundation, Site, Planning, Project Management, Seismic, Thermal and Moisture, etc - total of 38 folders)
Here I saved EVERYTHING. Any diagrams I saw in a book, I took a pic and saved it. Any info I found on the internet, saved it. Any concepts I was weak on, saved it; and on and on. I was able to then quickly look at a piece of info and compare, for example, BCI info on acoustics versus MEEB etc. And the weekend before the exams, I quickly tabbed through all the saved info.
I'm a super visual person (as we all are) and this helped me tremendously.
Since it was my last chance, I also got one month of Amber and purchased Hyperfine (highly recommend) and Designer Hacks. Heavily relied on ARE Community, ASC, BCI, IBC 2015, FEMA and some on MEEB.
I have a 2 year old daughter and 4 year old son. At the start of the PPD/PDD journey they were 1 and 3. I did CDS, SPD and PPP before I had kids.
Studying was mainly done in the evenings (son: 'mama what are you doing? me: 'I'm studying'. son: 'can i help you?' me: 'sure' son: 'whats that?' me: 'its a free body diagram with roller connections, it explains that...' son: 'it looks like a vehicle, i wanna go race cars, can we go race cars? MAMA!!! lets go!!!'
My work hours are a little crazy (as I'm sure it is for all of us). If I have a big deadline, I can be up till 4am..
For the last chance effort. Studying was done anytime I could grab. Lunch time, morning getting ready, car rides (when I wasn't driving). I made sure to study everyday for 8 weeks even if some days it was only for 30min..
Its a process. And if I put the ARE exams aside, what I enjoyed was the learning part, just not the test taking part ;)
If I didn't have the pressure of the rolling clock, I would have studied for PDD and PPD separately. Although some info overlaps, they really focus on different ways of looking at the content.
This forum is fantastic. Good luck to everyone on their journey to licensure.
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