Enroll in the amber book (AB) and take notes the whole way through. Make physical flash cards for each AB flash card you don't know on the first flip (there will be many). Take all of the practice exams and take the corresponding NCARB exam after the AB exam, explanations for both provide a great balance of information. Watch all the https://www.youtube.com/c/archicorner videos if you're cooking dinner, want to take a break from studying or waiting in line at the DMV. Never study after 12AM - you wont remember anything. Try your best to stay excited and study in the morning before work, do it with coffee or tea to stay buzzed. Don't study for more than 4 hours at a time. I like to bounce around with the categories of information so its all in the same compartment of my brain. Take at least 3 exams the first Monday after you finish completing ALL the practice exams and reviewing them. Regardless of your success with the first 3 exams take a week for reviewing the AB practice exams and NCARB practice exams for your next 3. Take your remaining 3 exams. You will pass. I did not join the AB 40 min of competence because I got tired of listening to Micheals voice (bless Micheal Ermann). Do the 40 min if you need the community or you're really stumped on a subject. I personally felt like there were too many dull moments in the sessions to warrant my time. You don't need any other books. I did buy a case study from Hyperfine, it wasn't worth it, many errors and lazy review style. What you get from Hyperfine is available on youtube. Buy some books if you like books. I like all the suggested study material NCARB recommends. They're just for my library though. Dont need them. Malama pono
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