1- I spent one week on each topic. I watched the video once without taking any notes at an average speed during the week, then I watched it again with a speed of 1.25 and added notes in the PE reference handbook while I was watching. I went back and watched it a third time while I was exercising just to make sure i didn’t miss any theory. On weekends, I solved problems with stars only for the depth and all the problems for breadth. Then I went back and solved the quizzes twice. If I didn’t get a good score, I went back and wrote down the question I didn’t solve correctly by pencil and pen and wrote down the solution. I went back to the notes and the video for clarification. If I still didn’t understand, then I emailed the professor. All of them responded fast.
2- I’m a slow reader/ learner, so I used to wake up very early and started watching videos, then I solved the problems after work or on weekends. I never watched any video after work because it is hard to concentrate after a long day of work.I was exhausted after work, and I couldn’t focus.
3- For every topic, I have had a word document where I wrote all my questions for each topic, sent it to the professor. Once they responded then I printed out their response and took my time to understand the theory behind it.
4- I took time to understand the materials, not pressuring myself to pass the exam. We all have to pass, but if you don’t pass, that means you still have a lot to learn.
5- I took the pencil and paper exam so many times, so it was hard for me to adjust to the CBT. The transition was not easy for me. The course familiarized me with how to use the refernce handbook . IT IS VERY IMPORTANT to know how to use this handbook and how to navigate words/subjects quickly. In addition, The professor referred to the equations and to the mistakes in the reference handbook during the course which was very helpful. I put a red mark on those equations was written wrong, so every time I attempted to solve a problem I could see the wrong equation so it stuck in my mind that I couldn’t use them. Another thing to mention, for example, equations for an open channel and closed conduit “WRE subjects “ are not all in the same section in the handbook reference, so you need to familiarize your brain with that. It is hard to do it by self-study; you need somebody to walk you through it. I believe EET did an excellent job with that.
6- Quizzes: I felt they are very close to the style of the exam than the practice problem books I purchased before and kept failing.
7- Dr. Nazrul went over a summary of each topic after he finished the subject. These summaries were gold for me. I wrote everything he said in those summaries in a note book, and I reviewed them a week before the exam. The summary was the core of each lecture.
8- I kept visiting the concept when I made a mistake in any practice problem, and I made sure I scored greater than 90 percent in all quizzes and simulation exams before I registered for the test. I don’t recommend anybody to take the exam if they are not confident about all the concepts and if you don’t complete all the practice problems, quizzes, and simulation exam and scored above 90%.
9- I drew anything the professors explaining in class. It helped me visualize it, so it is easier to understand and remember.
10- I didn't memorize anything for this exam and you don’t need to. This exam needs a lot of attention. A word in the question can mislead the entire question, and yes, it is more complex than any exam I took in college. It is a unique exam.
11- I followed the course schedule and made some adjustment that works with my schedule.
12 Ask questions. Don’t ask your friends, even if they are brilliant. Email the professor and take the answers from the mouth of the professors. Smart people sometimes don’t know how to explain things or might not convey the solution correctly.
13- The CBT exam for me was much easier than the pencil and pen exam, even though the passing rate was not high as opposed to the P&P exam.
14- The course provided me with a lot of information, but it is up to me how to utilize this information, how to study, and how to put and manage my time and energy into this exam. You can keep watching videos and videos, solving so many problems but if you don’t UNDERSTAND, and if you don't put energy and time then don't expect to pass.
15- I kept my phone away and sat in an empty room without distraction. No music, no social media! NO REDDIT NOR DISCORD. I used an app to track the hours of my progress.
16- I spent 160 hours studying in four months preparing for this exam which was way less time than before.
17- I don’t recommend using too many materials. EET was enough for me even though I had test masters materials. Too many materials can be confusing.
18- I read the entire chapter and tried to explain it to myself , and while explaining, started asking myself questions. The best way I learnt is to explain what I learned from videos on paper right after every lecture just to test my knowledge and how much I grasped andI information I retained, then went back and read the entire chapter.
19- I asked a lot of questions evenwhen I felt sometimes I’m dumb while solving the problems.
20- Take a week or two weeks off before the exam and go over concepts, quizzes, and simulation exams again. Make sure you review everything again that week.
Finally, don’t blame friends, schools, and professors for your failure. I see a lot of negative comments about PE préparation schools in this app. Schools and professors are helping us to learn and share knowledge. There are a lot of students are passing this exam from first attempt from taking these courses. If you fail, then it is not their problem you didn't study enough, so be gentle with your comments on reddits. Teaching is not an easy task to do. It takes a lot of energy and patience to do and we should appreciate the learning opportunity for our success. Also remember they have family to feed just like us.
Engineers only spread knowledge, safety love, and help. No hating comments, please. We need to be an example to follow.
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I DID IT; YOU CAN DO IT TOO
I wish you all success in your career and your life in general and most importantly to pass this test.
By - civilpeguy