Video Courses

ELIF BAYRAM · October 1, 2021

About Video Courses

I have always wanted to create video lectures, and finally, here they are.


Because I know how hard it can be to read on your own, I am sure you know how I am a  big advocate of  “reading books.” But I admit it. It is hard to do it on your own. Especially when there are hundreds of pages to read for technical exams. So I created these video lectures to be your reading buddy. I read and study the books like you, create these animated video lectures to explain them further and add new quiz questions at the end to solidify your understanding.

The Method

Before each video lecture, there is a list of reference materials (specific chapters and sections from books and documents).

My method is easy;

  1. Read the material,
  2. Watch the lecture,
  3. Solve the quiz.

I believe that if you follow these steps, you will learn these contents for good.

More Details;

  • Please visit the Table of Contents to see all the contents covered in these videos.
  • As of March 2023, I have 9 hours of animated content and a total of 115 brand-new quiz questions distributed through the lectures. These questions are not the same as those already in PPD, PDD, or PA bundles.
  • These videos focus on more technical topics (for now). In Structures Portion, I discuss the issues like lateral loads, moment, equilibrium, shear & moment diagrams, and earthquake design.  I have been adding lectures covering all related topics of Sustainability, Site, and Environment, such as reading sun-path diagrams, passive solar heating, R-Value, K-Value, and U-Value, Passive Solar Heating… This section is also almost complete.
  • I also have a lecture called “How to Read Questions,” which explains my strategies to unveil the relationship between questions and the correct answer(s). In this video, I used three questions from NCARB ARE 5.0 Handbook to explain these methods. I will add more “How to…” videos like this to share my tips.
  • All questions in the videos (and more) are also provided in the Quiz format, so after watching the videos, you can solve all of these questions on your own to test how much you retained.
  • You can easily access your videos and quizzes via your phone or tablet.

Subscription Cost and Details

  • This purchase only includes access to Video Courses. All other question bundles (ADA, PCM, PJM, PPD, PDD and PA) are sold separately. They are not part of this product.
  • The monthly subscription cost for the videos is $15/month. This price will be subject to a change once I have more and more content on the website, but, of course, it will never have a $$$/month price tag. I INTENTIONALLY keep my prices affordable to support architectural workers’ efforts to excel in their practice.
  • Cancel your subscription anytime you want and come back anytime you want.
  • Because this is a monthly subscription, all sales are final.
  • Please use Google Chrome to get the best experience.

Free Sample Video

Here is a sample moment question taken from my video lectures. Please remember that this is just a portion of the entire lecture. Please subscribe to my Youtube Channel to watch more informative videos.


I will keep adding more and more videos to cover all technical content related to PA, PPD & PDD exams during 2023.  You will be informed via email whenever a new video is added, and you can immediately start watching them as part of your subscription. So stay tuned…



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$ $15/Month

Bundle Includes

  • 3 Exams
  • 20 Videos
  • 11 Quizzes

Ratings and Reviews

Avg. Rating
8 Ratings
What's your experience? We'd love to know!
Bianca Yin
Posted 3 weeks ago
Finally passed PPD!!

2nd review for Elif's video courses: the Sustainability section was SO helpful for my finally passing the PPD exam! Thank you, Elif!

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Yay!!!! I am sooo happy for you, Bianca! Congratulations!!!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
Also, thanks s much for your comment ❤️. I hope more and more people can hear about these videos and benefit at this affordable price🙏🏼

Posted 2 months ago
Helped me pass PPD

The Sustainability videos are the reason I passed PPD! 🙂 Thanks Elif for creating such easy to understand and on point content!

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Gustavo Presilla
Posted 2 months ago
Basics of structure calculations

Elif, as always you nailed again

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Posted 2 months ago

Haha! 😎 Thanks!

Posted 6 months ago
Great Videos!

Thank you Elif for creating these videos! You do a wonderful, thorough job explaining each topic. The videos with the helpful graphics do help me understand concepts better as I was struggling with that just by reading text books. Would be interested in seeing some content on HVAC systems.

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Posted 6 months ago

Christina, thank you so much for your kind review. Made me so happy…
Yes, I will eventually cover all technical content, and mechanical systems are next in line. I still have one or two more lectures on Sustainabilty and & Environment related topics, though. But next is HVAC.

Posted 6 months ago
I love your videos!

Elif, Thanks very much for your videos! They are absolutely excellent!

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Posted 6 months ago

Thank you so much! I am so happy to hear this. Hope they help!

Posted 6 months ago
I love your videos!

I very much enjoy your videos and how clear you make the concepts to understand. I like the graphics you add as well as all the additional questions, which really help solidify the concepts. The time taken to make structures simple is amazing. I just wish you had more, and I definitely could use some Mechanical videos, as I struggle with this area quite a bit. It is just not intuitive for me.

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Posted 6 months ago

I am so happy that you liked the videos. Thanks so much for noticing the time and effort. I working on more content and once I am done with all sustainability and environment topics, I will start on mechanical. But I hope you will be done by then. Best of luck!

Posted 6 months ago
Practice Questions

I think there are really great questions, however, I particularly like the depth of answers/solutions and constant reference to textbooks to read to fill in gaps in knowledge. I am also very pleased that there are now video courses as well. Elif does a great job of explaining concepts.

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Maria Whelton
Posted 6 months ago

I had been this testing for a very, very long time. I had struggled with structures and test taking in general. Elif has done a tremendous job in explaining, not only structures, but concepts in so many areas, and especially on how to approach the exam. It's as if my mind was finally opened to so many concepts. Don't memorize material, truly understand it....and Elif helps you do this!

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  1. Thank you for assigning reading material and creating these lectures and exams, and not charging us an arm and a leg! The NCarb study materials are hard to get through alone. I like how you explain things into simple terms. I like the settle video editing you do, like explain latent heat and zoom in on the ice in the glass. Thank you for your dedication to help the ARE candidates. Much love ❤️

    1. Thanks so much for appreciating my effort. I really work so hard on this content and keeping it affordable is one of my main priorities. Please help me spread the word about these videos so I can keep them affordable and accessible. I wish you the best of luck, hope you pass all of your remaining exams.

  2. I never thought I would enjoy watching Structures related videos, but Elif has done an incredible job in simplifying and explaining these complex ideas into educational, easy-to-follow and enjoyable short videos! Thank you for spending the time and effort to create these videos, I had previously attended some of your live structures sessions and found them so helpful! It’s so wonderful to now have access to these recorded videos whenever we need a structural refresher! Thanks again for everything you do and your undeniable dedication, I have been recommending your site and materials to everyone I know!

  3. Thank you Elif for making these videos! They are clear and concise and comprehensive for someone who has always struggled understanding structural concepts. You can tell you have put your heart and soul into making these courses, especially the videos. I very much appreciate that they are affordable and that you strive to help people pass the ARE exams. Thank you again for all your efforts during my journey of passing the ARE’s!!!

    1. Thank you sooooo much, Eleni! It is great to hear that the videos were easy to understand and helpful. I really work so hard on them, so it is great to be acknowledged. Also, thanks for pointing out the affordability aspect, means a lot! I wish you the best of luck with your exam journey! Hope you get licensed very soon!

  4. Elif, your videos are great! Clear and to the point. I like studying with questions. You should do more of the topics. I just joined. Completed the sustainability. It is clear an to the point. I like your approach to the skills for test taking. Thanks!

    1. Thanks so much, Berenice! It is great to hear that you liked the videos. I am working on more, it takes a lot of time. I wish I could produce faster but getting there. I wish you pass all of your exams soon! Happy studying and best of luck!

  5. Elif,
    These video are incredibly helpful and on-point. You don’t run around beating the bush and waste people’s time. You explained things in simple terms even the most complicated concepts. This is the best $15 anyone could spend studying for the exams. I dare say even far better than some of the pricey video lectures out there. This is a testament to your experience taking the exams, your hard work putting these questions and explanations together and your genuine desire to help ARE candidates cross the finish line. Please keep making them. These videos along with questions are highly recommended tools to pass the exams!

    1. Thank you so much, Joyce! It is great to be helpful to fellow architectural workers and to be acknowledged by them. Since day-1, I have dreamed of this platform being an accessible and affordable source for architects. This was and never will be a profit-driven business because I know how hard to pass these tests, and more importantly, I know how much an entry-level architectural worker is making in this country (or in the world). So ideologically, I believe in making the sources as affordable as possible to include all income levels. Education is a fundamental human right, after all. Even though it is incredibly time-consuming and challenging to produce video content, I feel this is my responsibility to the community. So I will continue to make them until I cover all contents for the six exams. I hope I can succeed.

    1. Hi Israel,
      I am working on videos every day. That is the biggest portion of my daily workload. It takes about 3-4 weeks to complete the content of a 45 to 60-minute video which is followed by another week of production and post-production efforts. I go through all the books NCARB listed, all the questions I have and NCARB has in their free practice exams, and many other online resources to get a full picture of the topic. Si it is time-consuming. My goal is to finish all technical content by early 2024. Following that, I will start creating lectures for PCM, PJM, and CE. I admit it is a slow process, but I promise I will do my best to get as many hours in as possible.