Hi! I know this isn't a new post, but I'm hoping someone can speak to my specific situation.
I passed 4 exams in a row (all except PPD and PDD). My strategy was to make a list of books, code chapters, contracts, etc. to read. I would read them and take notes, watch Pluralsight videos, and take quizzes/tests on Designerhacks. It was time consuming and nerve-wracking, but it worked!
I was shocked when this approach didn't work for PPD or PDD (failed each once). On my second attempt at PPD, I included Ballast practice tests, Karin's notes, and numerous youtube videos including the free Amberbook videos into my study routine. Obviously it didn't help enough. I scored the same, except one category better in one topic.
My request for advice is twofold:
1) What study strategy or resources would you recommend?
I leaned heavily on all the recommended books: Arch. Studio Companion, BCI, Site Planning and Design, IBC, MEEB, etc. I am a visual learner (loved Karin's notes!) and liked the way topics and notes were broken down in Pluralsight videos like they were when I was in school. I watched the free Blackspectacles videos, but had trouble with how they explain information like a stream of consciousness, plus they're pricey. I'm considering the new AIA study material, Amber books, Hyperfine, or YoungArchitect. If you've had any experience (good or bad) with them or another 3rd party, please share! Or maybe I just need a break after going at this strong for the last 1.5 yrs and review the same material! =) It's also worth noting that I think my problem with PPD and PDD is less with the content and more with the way the questions are worded/presented and the way I'm interpreting them. Has anyone else had this problem and found an effective way to work through it and pass?
2) How can I improve in the area of "Project Integration of Program & Systems?"
My score report was all Level 2's, except for "Environmental Conditions" and "Project Integration of Program & Systems," which were Level 3's. Since project integration is worth roughly 1/3 of the test, it seems like the best area to focus my studies. Unfortunately, it's not a topic that I can look up in the index of my textbooks! Please help!!!!
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