PDD passed through online proctoring. Done with ARE

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    Elif Bayram

    Congratulations Haoxian!

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    Haoxiang Yang

    Hi @Elif, A pleasure to hear congrats directly from you! I used your ARE Questions. I found it super helpful. Thank you!  

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    Linchao Ma

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    Cheng Zeng

    Congrats! Great to know that you survived the new format and online proctoring, that's a great encouragement for us currently on this same track now.

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    Joseph Petrarca

    Congratulations!!! thanks for sharing your experience and advice with the group!  I HIGHLY agree with your point #1 above.

    I am old school...I do use flash cards...but...not old-style dumb flashcards.  NOT "What is a vapor barrier?", "What is the R-value of 3 1/2" fiberglass batt?", "What is a Thermal Short?"....yeah- you have to know that stuff...but we are way beyond just memorizing little fact-lets.

    Especially in PDD...i draw out important details.  I'm a visual person.  Drawing the things helps me to remember.  I used different color pens to make my drawing smore clear...ex: roof membrane blue, underlayment or insulation, green, flashing is red....etc.  Also put down any cogent remarks. Like on a parapet detail..."Note the stainless steel pins that retain the coping stone...and make sure the coping drains INWARD towards the roof"

    Because it's not a book, I find these to be very digestible,  When I am studying later, reviewing, I start with the whole pile of cards I made....anything that seems like I still don't know cold goes onto a pile.  The stuff I am totally good with goes into another pile.  Wrap an elastic around it and don't look at that stuff again.  Next round of studying, repeat the process so that your "Done" pile gets bigger and bigger, and your "To go" pile gets thinner.

    Additionally, as you point out, when I'm studying one resource and the topic doesn't seem very clear to me...go to another source and research it so you end up with a firm knowledge base from several perspectives.  My cards are all labelled at the top PDD 5.0- Waterproofing, PDD 5.0  Thermal and Air....etc.  So that I can regroup them into logical groups later if i need to or if they got too randomized.  Similarly, if you find a video or something that tackles a subject...you could label it like this ...PDD 5.0 Hyperfine Video-Electrical  1/19, 2/19, 3/19, 4/19.....etc.  so that you not only keep the hyperfine content separate but you can reorganize it into the order in which you studied it.

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    Haoxiang Yang

    Joseph Petrarca
    I'm glad we have similar thoughts about strategy. You card sounds amazing.

     

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    Haoxiang Yang

    I'm happy to share my progress tracking spreadsheet. It includes each chapter of each study material and estimated time. Just leave a request in the comment I'll send to your email.

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    Zahidul Khan

    Hi, Haoxiang:
    Congrats and thanks in advance.
    ZahidulKhan@hotmail.com

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    Yuchen Wen

    Haoxiang, Congratulations that you finished all exams!

    and the idea of the spreadsheet is really worth a shot.

    thank you for sharing in advance! rebeccaelizabethaa@gmail.com 

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    Haoxiang Yang

    Zahidul Khan Yuchen Wen
    I've sent it your way. Good luck.

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    Zahidul Khan

    Hi, Haoxiang:
    For some reason it's not still showing in my inbox.
    Thanks,

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    Zahidul Khan

    Just received. Thanks.

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    Gang Chen

    Congratulations! It is good to hear people pass after the new online test is introduced.

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Darci Chamberlain

    Congratulations! Thank you for sharing in advance! darci.chamberlain@gmail.com 

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    Ddai

    Haoxiang,
    Congratulations...and thank you for sharing your experiences and tips. I too just started with Amber book video and very much like its framework of where to focus on. Also, I'm starting to learn OneNote.
    Did you take all the exams in two weeks as suggested from the Amber book?
    It would be helpful if you can share your progress tracking spreadsheet. 5ddaica@gmail.com
    Tia

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    Haoxiang Yang

    Gang Chen
    Thank you! I think we went to the same college. SCUT right?

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    Gang Chen

    Yes, South China University of Technology (SCUT).

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Joseph Petrarca

    After everything I heard about so much overlap between PPD and PDD.... I was surprised that they were much more distinct than I thought. PPD was more challenging because of all the structural, sieismic, mechanical, electrical., ADA.... And the large amount of IBC. PDD was much more about details and almost nothing about code and larger mechanical and electrical systems. If I took PPD, I'd want at least another month before hitting PDD ... Depending on how much detailing on commercial and institutional buildings you have done.

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    Haoxiang Yang

    @Jay Tran,
    Please reference Joseph’s description of the difference between pdd and ppd, which I completely agree. One month between the two.

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    Kateryna Rogynska

    Hi Haoxiang, would love your study spreadsheet! Thanks so much in advance 

    k.rogynska@gmail.com

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    Gang Chen

    Haoxiang,

    If you are interested, I can add you to the SCUT School of Architecture alumni WeChat group in North America.  You can email me at plantingdesign@yahoo.com

    Gang Chen, Author, Architect, LEED AP BD+C (GreenExamEducation.com)

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    Gina Conn

    Haoxiang, thank you for taking the time to share your experience on this exam. I passed all divisions except this one, and I agree with the notes above regarding PPD vs PDD, they are not as similar as some sources claim. If you’re still willing to share your spreadsheet, I would be so grateful. Ginaann01@gmail.com. Congratulations on your pass, wishing you much success in your career.

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    Saloni Sheth

    Hi Haoxiang, congrats on finally being done with the AREs!! If you are still sharing your study plan spreadsheet it would be much appreciated! Thanks so much!

    salonisheth1@gmail.com

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    Ya-Chu Hsu

    6666

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    Diane Colucci

    Haoxiang, Congratulations!! I'm always so happy & inspired when fellow test takers pass this ARE. I really like the idea of this spreadsheet framework. If you are still sharing your study plan I would really love a copy. Congratulations again and thank you for sharing!

    dianecolucci@gmail.com 

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    Hugo C.

    Hi, Haoxiang -

    Congrats!!!

    Are you still sharing the spread sheet? If so, could you please send it to hcarv9@gmail.com ?

    Thank you!

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