“How goes studying?”
The text from Nate is familiar…and these days I’m able to smile instead of grimace when it pops up. As I find myself well into crunch week, staring down the barrel of the CDS gun, I can’t help but start feeling a little reassured with my progress. My exam scores are all passing, and the vignettes are going really well. The only thing that is still throwing me on the graphic portion is successfully minimizing ceiling heights around clerestories (as seen in the Kaplan’s practice exams). Here’s hoping that they won’t be on the exam, or if so, that I’ve learned my lesson about reading directions.
By now my study tools and routine are pretty well set:
– As many practice questions (from NCARB/Kaplan/ARE Study Review 4.0) that I can mange
– a Schiff Hardin A201 or B101 lecture a night
– AIA Commentaries on A201 and B101 reviewed during the lecture an re-reviewed after
– Kaplan and ArchiFlash cards for an hour or so.
The process: study rigorously, eat a cookie, repeat.
Tonight will be more of the same, with an extra hour thrown in to do a mock vignette exam. I feel like I have a good grasp on the software, but I need to work on my speed. Also, make sure I don’t swear under my breath as much…as much as I’d love for a run-in with the Prometric proctors.
T-3 days. I’m looking forward to 5pm on Saturday already.