Who are we?    We are Ben and Mark and together we created Archizam. This project started as a study tool for us as we tackled the ARE’s. We quickly learned that writing and taking practice exams was the most effective way of studying. Most study methods lack a key element, recall. You read chapter after chapter of the Handbook of Professional Practice only to forget 80% of it. So how do we combat that forgetfulness? We have to practice recall rather than just reading. This is the goal of Archizam: to give you relevant practice questions and solid feedback so you can study smarter and remember quicker.

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I’ve been obsessed with the science of how we learn and how we can learn easier. When I began my ARE journey I was woefully unprepared, wrongfully assuming that all my years of schooling had taught me something about studying. It had not. After about a year and a half of studying and little show for it, I changed tactics and began researching the “science of learning”. Someone had to have a better approach to studying than simply “read all the content”. What I learned completely changed my mindset. With some newfound passion I scheduled my remaining four exams each 2 weeks apart and completed the ARE’s within 2 months. A big part of that process was creating Archizam, and I want to share that experience and this resource with everyone who has found the ARE’s a daunting journey.

Ben

Mark

I have known I wanted to be an architect since age 7, and I have always focused on learning to become a registered architect.  I have had a long journey through life to complete the AXP and take my Architecture Registration Exams.  I studied when I could, and spent many late nights and weekends reading and taking notes.  My master plan was 60 days of focused studying for each exam, but life kept complicating that.  Meanwhile, I found that I needed more than reading study guides to pass the exams. ARCHIZAM helped me question the subjects and develop a deeper understanding of the topics I was supposed to be learning.  12 years after graduation, and several years later than my goal, I proudly passed my final exam.  I want Archizam to be a resource to every person who has doubted their knowledge or struggled with the confidence to pass the ARE's.  

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