How to study for the ARE Exam 2, Project Management

Intro to the ARE Exam 2 If I had to describe the ARE Exam 2, I’d describe it as a somewhat difficult exam pretending to be a really difficult one. The ARE Exam 2 is harder than the ARE Exam 1, in part because it contains a lot of the material from the ARE Exam …

How I passed the ARE Exam 1, Practice Management, in 2 weeks

Summary This is a post from Christian Lemon from the ARE 5.0 Community. He reviewed Ballast’s ARE 5.0 Review Manual and did their practice problems. He also read Professional Practice: A Guide to Turning Designs into Buildings and watched the Schiff Hardin lectures. He advises everyone to know their financials and basic accounting. He spent …

How I passed the ARE Exam 1, Practice Management, in 1 month

This is a post from Patrick Edwards from the ARE 5.0 community. He mentions that he first made the mistake of just reading the Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice back-to-back, but didn’t find it helpful. What he found helpful instead were these 6 steps over the course of a month: Start by familiarizing himself using …

How to study for the ARE Exam 1: Practice Management

Intro to the ARE Exam 1 If I had to describe the ARE Exam 1, I’d describe it as an easy exam pretending to be a difficult one. It’s easy because the topics on the ARE are not difficult and the questions aren’t particularly challenging.  The ARE looks difficult, though, because it’s poorly organized. The …

We shouldn’t be using R0 to measure the rate of COVID-19 transmission

There’s a pretty extraordinary clip that I saw on Twitter the other day of Angela Merkel discussing the R0 of COVID-19 in Germany. In it, she explains that R0 is how many people, on average, that an infected person transmits the virus to before they recover. If R0 is greater than 1, the number of …

Asymptomatic shedding of viruses is the norm

*edited to be more clear about relationship between shedding and contagiousness Recently, there’s been scientific and media attention on how people can spread COVID-19 without showing symptoms. This is obviously a public health threat. However, this is also something that really should not be news. Most infectious viruses can be spread without people showing symptoms. …

How to make bird flu (H5N1) cross over to humans

After writing my last post on why humans keep getting deadly viruses from bats, I got some interesting questions on why some viruses cross over from animals but most do not. What needs to happen for a virus to start infecting humans? Or, perhaps more pertinently, what new viruses do we need to worry about …

Why do human beings keep getting diseases from bats?

Humans get a surprising number of very infectious diseases from bats. We get SARS (including the recent COVID-19/SARS-CoV2), Ebola, rabies, and possibly mumps. These are all incredibly infectious, deadly diseases. This seems weird because human beings aren’t in particularly close contact with bats. They’re nocturnal, don’t have large city populations (for the most part), and …

How to study for the MCAT

This post shared by Trevor Klee, Tutor. 1. Your overall MCAT studying process a) Start with a diagnostic test. What are your specific strengths and weaknesses? Use the error log app to discern the patterns. -The error log is like flashcards, but more flexible and better for analytics. b) If you’re missing content, review the Khan Academy videos for …