Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:25 PM
Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:34 PM
Yea, it's a ton of stuff, I felt overwhemed when I started studying but after a while it's just a way of life. Remember that there can no victory without sacfrifice. As others have touched upon, family life suffers when we engage in this quest for PE - awesomness. Manage it as best you can and good luck.
Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:42 PM
Posted 19 September 2011 - 05:43 PM
Posted 19 September 2011 - 06:12 PM
Posted 19 September 2011 - 07:39 PM
I took the PE three times. The first two times I studied, I spent it feeling guilty that my husband was watching our young son. The final time I devoted an hour a night Monday-Thursday. My husband assured me that taking the time was fine. It was much better for me to be distant during that attempt than for it to compound over many attempts. I even studied while he was in the hospital for a brief health scare.
It sounds like you're trying to take everyone's study philosophies and do them all. Sure, reading the CERM worked for some people, but I can assure you I didn't do it. I glanced through each chapter to see what was in them, but I didn't read them like a book. Would it help you? If the answer is no, don't stress it. You're way ahead of the game studying now for April. Work your six-minute solutions and see what seems to be lacking and focus there.
And carving out time where you can helps...is the hour commute feasible via carpool or public transit? That would open up studying.
Best of luck!
Posted 19 September 2011 - 08:10 PM
, I hear you. I understand the feeling. But, if I had to guess, I'd say you are going to make it. It sounds like you are doing fine (if a bit overwhelmed).
If this helps at all:
You don't need to know everything! I skipped plenty of topics in my studies. I am not a Structures person. I hardly studied anything Structures. I hate environmental(chemistry) type problems. I skipped those. If I didn't like or grasp a topic, I moved on. Study your depth topic hard and hit on the AM topics you understand. You don't need a 100%, you just need to pass. I passed the 8-hr (Transpo) this past April.
Most of the practice problems, like you, were taking me 20+ minutes each. Don't get discouraged. I think most of the practice exams/problems are harder than the actual exam. Still do them, but don't beat yourself up when they take over 6 minutes. The NCEES exam is pretty accurate.
It sounds to me like maybe you have too many resources? That in and of itself can be overwhelming. I'd try to narrow it down to a select few, if you can.
Print out and follow the NCEES syllabus for Geotech and stick to it like glue. Don't spend one minute studying a topic not on that syllabus (Ex. I wouldn't do the Water/Transpo 6 minute depth problems if I were you).
I know not everyone can do this but, so that I limit the disruption to my family life, I start studying after my wife and baby go to bed (10-11ish) and I study until 2am (and up at 6:30 - ouch). I do this 6 days a week. (I am still studying for the CA-Seismic.)
You can do it. And you have time too. Keep at it consistently and you'll feel better as the time grows nearer. Good luck.
P.S. this thread after Aril 2012 to tell us you passed, ok?
Posted 20 September 2011 - 12:47 AM
You are not along in this pattern. I have done the same thing, started almost a year before the test. Unfortunally, I haven't passed it 3 times (to my shame). My family sick to hear the word "PE TEST". Every spare minute is coming to study and make one more problem. I guess, this is the way to achieve something. Some people take it easy, some have to work hard for it. Good luck and don't get tired of it. its a long way to go, work for it and it will pay off. that's the way I believe.
Posted 20 September 2011 - 12:54 AM
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Posted 21 September 2011 - 10:08 AM
Then I found these online review sessions from Texas A & M:
These were the trick to my sanity!!
I watched the video, pausing it throughout the example problems, and working every step of the problem on my own along with the video. Then I would spend the next couple of days working problems for the discipline I just watched. Next week, move on to the next discipline.
It helped me immensely!! The videos replaced my "reading" of the CERM and I was able to work problems faster and easier. I still kept the CERM very much by my side and use it a reference rather than a teaching tool.
I guess it depends on how you best learn. But I wanted to send you this option I found. I take the exam in October so I'll let you know how it goes... but this definitely helped get me past my initial road-block and helped me get some momentum!
Posted 23 September 2011 - 02:51 PM
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