This week's book giveaway is in the OCMJEA forum. We're giving away four copies of OCM Java EE 6 Enterprise Architect Exam Guide and have Paul Allen & Joseph Bambara on-line! See this thread for details.
No really, there aren't any tips and tricks how to become an architect. You said that you know what to study, so why don't you begin with that? Anyway, what will be the point of getting SCEA without any knowledge (besides dishonesting the exam, of course)?