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  1. The exam is getting closer, make sure your calculator is approved: and you are trained on its functionality. #TestTipTuesday
  2. Here is the answer to Friday's practice portal question.
  3. Here is a practice portal question for you to enjoy. We will post the solution on Monday. Have a great weekend.
  4. Augmented Reality... what is it really? If you have a smartphone, chances are you’ve been using augmented reality without even realizing it. From sending filtered selfies on Snapchat to catching Pikachu on PokemonTM Go, or even giving still images life in the TotalAR mobile application, augmented reality has made its way into our everyday lives. So what is Augmented Reality, exactly? Augmented Reality, or AR, can be defined as an “enhanced image or environment as viewed on a screen or other display, produced by overlaying computer-generated images, sounds, or other data on the real-world environment.”i So in Snap Chat, for example, AR comes to play when one adds a filter to a picture via face recognition. AR technology has become so popular throughout the few years that it is starting to make appearances in various professional work environments such as education, medicine, and mechanical engineering. Since you’re here, you’re probably wondering how AR can be used in mechanical engineering. We break it down in some examples on our blog: Read More References i. Augmented Reality. Retrieved from browse/augmented-reality ii. Cundle, M. Augmented Reality in Engineering. Retrieved from designspark/augmented reality-in-engineering
  5. If you are preparing for an exam, you may have a good understanding of what pre-exam anxiety feels like. Studying for an exam can be extremely nerve-wracking, but it doesn’t have to be! By ensuring you treat your body right by staying in shape and watching what you consume, many factors that cause anxiety can be avoided. We’ve listed some of our favorite tips and tricks to avoid FE, PE, or SE exam anxiety on our blog: Read More
  6. Here is the solution to our practice problem. We hope you enjoyed this one. Stay tuned for more practice portal questions.
  7. Today we have a fun practice portal question. We're looking forward to seeing how many people get the right answer. Revisit this post tomorrow for the correct answer and steps to solve. School of PE
  8. PE Civil Exam day will be here in 17 Days 14 Hours. Our OnDemand Bootcamp will help prepare you for success. Learn More
  9. Do you live by a river, stream, or any other waterway? If so, chances are you cross a bridge often during a commute- whether it be to work, to school, or just to another part of town. Although there are many structural and civil engineers who can be credited for developing the bridges we have and use today, there is one engineer who is largely credited for bridgework and development. In fact, he is considered the “Father of the Iron Bridge.” His name was Squire Whipple. About Squire Whipple Squire Whipple, a civil engineer, lived from 1804 to 1888. He was born in Massachusetts, but later moved to New York State where he received his education in engineering. For his secondary education, he attended Fairfield Academy in Herkimer, New York. Whipple greatly exceeded in his college studies, as he graduated from Union College in New York after being a student for only a year. After graduating from college, Whipple began his career as an engineer. Surprisingly enough- his career did not begin with a focus on bridges. Instead, he performed a lot of engineering work that dealt with railroads and canals. One of his inventions was a lock, which helped weigh canal boats. Whipple’s Bridge Work After focusing on railroads and canals, Whipple soon shifted his focus to bridgework. During his career, he obtained two patents for his bridge designs: ● Bowstring iron-bridge truss ● Lift drawbridge Whipple also dedicated his time and effort to develop a 146-foot iron railroad bridge. This bridge was constructed by Watervliet, New York. Publications: In efforts to share his immense knowledge for bridge building, Whipple published the book, Work on Bridge Building, in 1847. Consisting of two essays and original plans for iron and wooden bridges, Whipple’s insight to bridge construction is still used in many civil and structural engineering university classes today. In fact, you can view an online version of his book here.
  10. Here is the solution to the practice question from yesterday.
  11. Who can solve this question from our practice portal? Comment below, and we will post the solution tomorrow. School of PE
  12. Here is the solution to yesterday's practice portal question.
  13. Here is a sample question from our practice portal. We're excited to see how many people will get it right. Post your answers below, and we will post the correct solution tomorrow.
  14. Practicing and preparing is key to passing the PE Civil exam. School of PE has some exam tips that will help you pass the exam and begin your career as a professional engineer. 1. Schedule Study Time One of the easiest ways to ensure you are prepared for the exam is to create a study schedule. Dedicating a set amount of time each day for exam review will allow you to make consistent progress in your preparation. Even 15 minutes per day can keep you focused on learning all of the material you need for the exam. 2. Exam Reference Materials Create a binder with color-coded tabs and fill it with essential reference materials so you can promptly access any information you need during the exam. You do not want to waste valuable time searching through excessive material you brought to the exam. 3. Engineering Math and Calculator Functionality Take time ahead of the exam to make sure your calculator is NCEES approved. Consider taking a refresher course on calculator functionality to ensure you are prepared on exam day. Also, consider taking a basic engineering math course to make sure you have mastered the fundamentals. 4. Get Plenty of Rest Sleep is a crucial part of preparing for the PE Civil exam. Getting a full night’s rest the night before will boost your concentration during the eight-hour session, lowering the risk of losing focus and performing poorly. 5. Take a Review Course Even when the exam date is approaching, there is still time to attend a review course. School of PE offers a Bootcamp OnDemand review course to give students relevant materials and valuable resources in a time crunch. School of PE hopes you find these tips useful. Check out our review courses to take your studying efforts to the next level.
  15. Did you know that the School of PE offers customized Corporate training packages? School of PE has taught students for 15 years, and we'd love to help your organization. Learn More
  16. Exam time is rapidly closing in. If you would you prefer some expert one on one tutoring from one of our Instructors just let us know. School of PE is ready to help. We have many instructors who tutor in their specific areas of expertise. Allowing for you to have an experience customized to your needs. Learn More About Tutoring
  17. School of PE is offering up to $250 on our Live Online Thermal and Fluid Systems Exam Review course. Promo Code: Thermal50 at checkout.
  18. Exam time is getting closer. Our instructors are ready if you want personalized Tutoring services.
  19. While it is true that those who take an NCEES exam during or right after college have the information needed to take the exam fresh in their mind, efficiently preparing for your chosen exam with a strategic study and preparation plan can lead to success. As we’ve worked with many students who haven’t been in the classroom for 30+ years, we’d like to say we know a thing or two about what helps those students out the best. So why do people believe this misconception? While it is true that those who take an NCEES exam during or right after college have the information needed to take the exam fresh in their mind, efficiently preparing for your chosen exam with a strategic study and preparation plan can lead to success. As we’ve worked with many students who haven’t been in the classroom for 30+ years, we’d like to say we know a thing or two about what helps those students out the best. Read More
  20. You’ve probably heard the phrase “Get those brain juices flowing…” and it makes sense that the flowing of said “brain juices” would be beneficial in studying for the FE Civil, PE Mechanical, or SE Vertical exam, right? So, what is the best way to promote information consolidation? Our answer: Practicing Problems. Actually practicing a set of problems may seem simple enough, but psychological studies have proven that there is a lot of science behind what makes practicing problems effective. In fact, practicing has been found to be one of the most effective techniques for studying because of the boost in cognitive functionality when doing so. Read More
  21. People always talk about their Mount Rushmore's of pro athletes. If you were building a Mount Rushmore today with the most significant Engineers who would they be? List them below, looking forward to seeing everyone's Mount Rushmore.
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