I'm not a big writer in the forums, but I've followed many of your posts and written a couple of things here and there.
Now is my turn to say I've passed my last division (PPD) and with that, my last ARE division with 4 days to go until the Clock ran out. Afterwards, I would have lost three exams and effectively had to retake the entire ARE if you were to factor in PPD with those potentially lost three exams - a SEVERE penalty. Thankfully I successfully avoided becoming a victim.
My closing feedback:
I had a hard time with certain subjects throughout this ARE process simply due to how I think, consume and process information. For me, passing took a lot of self-awareness in that regard. Ultimately, I think what helped was...
(1) Don't blindly consume your study materials hour-after-hour, day-after-day... Test your knowledge regularly. When you're tired of reading, tired of taking notes - find a quiz and take it, find a practice test and just do ten questions or however many you have time to do in the moment. Be an active and not passive learner and think critically about what you're absorbing.
(2) Practice within the truest simulated environment, and that was Black Spectacles practice tests.
(3) DO NOT study the day before your exam. I've even had friends tell me don't study 3 days before the exam... I was not successful on that front, but I did take either the weekend before the week of my exam off (usually by happenstance) but I think it was a contributing factor to success twice. On my PDD re-take I was literally on a flight home from a weekend at a wedding and I was online at Black Spectacles on the 5 hour flight, taking a Practice Exam on that tiny little flip down table on the plane. Three days later, I passed, but I did NOT study the night before. I was anxious during the weekend before the test because I was barely studying, but I was having fun and my mind was likely relaxed and the things I'd been absorbing the week before were working their way into my synapses (supposedly).
(4) Study anywhere. Get something accessible on your mobile device and if you're on the bus, look at it. If you can play it over your speaker (Black Spectacles videos on auto play) - do it. If you have 10 minutes for a PP2i quiz, make it, take it, review it.
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