So far, my strategy for re-studying has been to start with with the basics and work my way, slowly, through more advanced concepts. Looking back over my notes (it’s really nice to have a study guide to start with, by the way) and my posts here revealed that I glossed over a lot of information during my first attempt. I still don’t think that I missed anything, but I do recall moments in the exam when I quietly kicked myself for not getting into the level of detail that I should have. I’ll be damned if that’s the case again.
Last week I worked through an overall assessment of where I stand. My biggest concerns are really getting a handle on mechanical, electrical, lighting, and acoustical systems. I’m feeling alright with passive, fire, and pluming, and I’m not quite sure where I need to improve on conveyance and security. Addressing those will be the goal of this weekend. I should probably also dust off the vignette and give that a go, too.
This week I’ve spent the better part of the evenings tying to wrap my head around the basics of electricity. I was doing alright until I got to transformers, and then all came to a standstill as I stared at single and three phase configuration diagrams. I read, I sketched, I googled, I YouTubed, everything was either too vague or ridiculously complex to help me figure it out. Yet after banging my head against the desk a couple of times something must of rattled right, because I could comprehend just how Wye and Delta connections work. That, or walking away for a milkshake was the break I needed for it all to sink in (unnecessary calories included). My next goal is to address different voltage and amperage types, their characteristics, and common values for residential and commercial applications. Like transformers, I’m assuming it’s not that difficult once I’m really in the right mindset. The challenge is getting there.
The studying process for a retake is surprisingly different than the first time around, and I’m I starting to notice that perhaps I’ve gotten myself overly worked up for BS 2.0. For the first attempt I tried to learn as much as I could, with the mindset that a well rounded approach to learning the content would be the best strategy. With a retake I’ve found myself almost pessimistically believing that what I knew before wasn’t good enough. I’ve noticed that I’m obsessing over studying and making sure I understand every little detail before moving on to the next topic. That’s a big red flag. If I keep up with this frenzied attack I’ll stress out or burn out long before exam day on the 25th. Quite frankly I think I already am. Stepping back and looking at the big picture, and then zooming in on the most critical details is really the best approach. It worked 6 out of 7 times, so perhaps it’s time to take a little of the advice I tend to dole out. Keep the faith and keep plugging away. It’ll all make sense eventually.
I mean it’s a multiple choice exam…it’s not like we’re preparing to fight the Decepticons.