You would think with arefoum being down I would get more work done. All that time spent reading post-exam thoughts, and reviewing vignettes, and generally lurking on PPP/SPD/CDS forums (“I passed and so can you!” comments are fun) would go to working on my structures notes. Yes, you would think that… and you would be wrong.
“Hmmm…I wonder if it’s working now?” *refresh* “Nope.”
*10 minutes later*
“Hmm… how about now?”
I’ve spent a good chunk of time wondering when, or if, the forum will come back. As of this posting it still hasn’t, but it’s my naive hope that it will spring back to life sometime during the work week. And if it doesn’t, well, then I suppose we’ll all get through it. Between Kaplan, ArchiFlash, old textbooks, and Google, I think I’m in pretty good shape for materials, and in my last post a few people had some awesome workarounds. Regarding thread posts, JD said: “Google-search a question (for example: are forum CDs vignette overlap dimensions), within the google results page, click on google’s chache. Access to the google cache varies per browser, but this will display most of the thread, minus images.”
AREweanArchitectyet (another awesome ARE blog you should read, btw) found an old backup of the FTP files from ARE3.1 days. Contracts are out of date, and the old 3.1 exam structure is used, but it’s still useful to have! Here’s the link for your use! I’m seriously relieved to have heard about this one…I really do rely on the FTP info when I’m getting started on an exam.
I cranked through a good chunk of Kaplan over the weekend. I didn’t meet my goal of finishing it, however. I have two more chapters to get through: Wind, and Notable Buildings & Engineers. If I can tear myself away from Antiques Roadshow (guilty pleasure) or, God forbid, actually get it done before its on, then I will still be in good shape at the end of tonight. I’m excited to start working through the Kaplan Q&A book, words I never thought I would type, but my next priority will be finishing my study guide. Now that I have a basic understanding of everything I think/hope the guide will go together much faster. That being said, it’s still going to take some serious time, coffee, and ice cream. I hear Ben & Jerry’s is a good study aid.
So far the exam content is all making sense. I’m not sure how many of the random equations that Kaplan mentions (eg: calculating shear in a notched beam) I will have, or choose, to memorize, but my general feeling right now is that if it’s explained in the book, I should damn well know how to do it on the exam. I took the quizzes at the end of each chapter and scored a 70% or better pretty consistently. Recalling and solving equations is still giving me some trouble, but I seem to remember that being an issue in school as well. At least I know where my weaknesses are.
My goal is to finish my study guide by the end of the holiday weekend. I don’t know if that’s insane or not. I do know, however, that it’s probably sad that I’m excited to have next Monday off from work because it will give me 8 more hours of “good” brain time (I study/work better in the mornings/afternoons than in the evenings). It’s going to be a busy week for extra curricular activities. The Timbers take on Valencia FC in a friendly on Wednesday evening and we have our first Cascadia Cup match against Vancouver on Saturday. After finally getting a win yesterday versus Chicago, I’m psyched for both. And speaking of psyched, Nate has a gallery show opening on June 1 for a photography project he’s been working on, and I get to help him out on that a bit as he prepares.
Given all this neat stuff going on, I need to buckle down and work hard in the moments I have free. It’s certainly doable with a bit of willpower. I think step number one will be blocking areforum so I don’t keep refreshing the page again and again…. *click* Nope. Still nothing.