Oh wow is it time for the obligatory, “Sorry I haven’t posted, I’ve been studying…” blog post? Time sure does fly when you’re getting stuff done (or trying to at least…life has a way of getting hectic at just the right times).
With 10 days to go, I finally feel like I’m getting something accomplished. I’ve made it through all of the information on wood, heavy timber, and light frame construction, as well as building code, accessibility, and a little bit on doors, windows, and thermal/moisture protection. There’s a lot of information to fit into this tiny brain, and I think I’ve started purging information like phone numbers and birthdays of loved ones in order to fit it all in. I’m still struggling with Construction Types as keeping everything straight from Type IA to VB has proved challenging for me. Tonight I’m moving on to Masonry and more miscellaneous materials like interior finishes. Also, thai food for dinner, which I’m pretty psyched about.
I ran through 85 Kaplan practice problems during lunch yesterday and got a 54%. Not great, but when I looked at the breakout of content areas I found that I scored quite well in the Wood division. That’s a good sign. I’ve fiddled around with the ramp vignette but haven’t touched the stair or roof yet. Hopefully I can work my way through one of those today. It occurred to me as I was getting ready this morning that I haven’t read the Dorf chapters on these vignettes yet, probably a smart thing to do ASAP.
Anyone know how to get a few extra hours in the day? It sounds like I could use about 8 more.
I don’t feel as if I am at a point where I need to push the exam back. I have until next Tuesday to ultimately decide, but so far I’m feeling okay as long as I keep up the high intensity pace. Studying for this exam feels hauntingly similar to PPP. It’s feels almost impossible to know when you’ve reached the point where you know it all. I suppose that’s the case for architecture as a whole though, we never can really know everything. Fortunately for the most part it’s all incredibly fascinating and I’ve found myself loosing track of time more than once while reading.
So here’s to another busy night, and hopefully another update soon.