As a aspiring architect who cares about the environment, On May 23, 2015 I took the LEED Green Associate Exam which is a credential that is offered by the US Green Building Council. This is a credential that certifies that someone has knowledge about green building principles. As a result of this, I want to provide some advice on how to do well in the exam. This is not a MOOC, but I think that the same principles that can be used to do well in an exam like the one I took can also be used to do well in MOOC’s.
For the LEED exam, I used the Poplar education practice exams, I also used a study tool called quizlet. This is a tool that allows you to create your own decks of material to study and has an awesome mobile app for studying on the go. What I did was, I created a set of the glossary of words used in LEED you can access it here. And I also used another sethere that covers the material in a more comprehensive way.
I suggest getting the quizlet phone app and using this to study when you have free time. On the bus, at lunch time, anytime that you have your hands free and can spare. I think this is a great way to study because it allows you to use time that you would have wasted otherwise. I would also suggest doing at least four practice exams before the final test, taking one every week until the exam and writing out all the things that you get wrong so you know where you need to improve. That’s what I did and I am happy to say that I passed the exam. Now these tools can be applied not only to exams like the one I took but to MOOC’s that are less technical and more about retaining knowledge and general principles.
My journey in LEED has just begun and I am excited for what I can do with the knowledge to further sustainability practices throughout the world. So what have you done in terms of personal development for you career? When it comes to learning new skills, I commit to acquiring as many new skills as possible in order to make myself competitive and MOOC’s are a way of getting that edge because they keep you learning and growing. Even if what you are studying has nothing to do with your career.