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  1. Congrats on the FE pass! As LyceeFruit mentioned, there are numerous threads on this. Two you didn't mention in your post are Engineering Pro Guides and Zach Stone's course. These are both good providers who are active online and continuously improving their products. Have a read through this website (an alternate, no-review-course approach) and decide if doing a course is right for you. Everyone is different. For some, a review course is very useful and is the the right thing. For others, it can be the wrong study approach as it can potentially 'teach you lots of stuff' but not help you learn how to pass the exam. This is different for everyone. Good luck!
  2. Yay!!! I remember having a few of these 'click' moments. THE BEST! These were really great for my mental health in the last few weeks before the exam. There were just more and more 'oh THATS WHAT THAT MEANS' moments. SO good. I'm so happy for you! I'm sure there is more to come!
  3. Interesting. I went and looked at the TOC to see what you were talking about and noticed a spelling mistake (face palm). Whatever! I was tired! Anyway, I think that must have come from the PPi book section on DC? I generally lumped everything 'DC' under that section, and I recall reviewing thevenin/norton because it was in someone's sequence of review items. I don't see it directly listed in the NCEES breakdown from my year, nor do I see it in Eng Pro Guides book, so I doubt it is super relevant. I also learned that in college and then never touched it again....ha!
  4. This is exactly what i did when that happened! Should have mentioned that. It was only a handful of problems that I 'copied'. 😃
  5. I uploaded my TOC on this website (Under Step 2). It was for the Oct 2017 exam, so it'll need tweaking. I did spend a lot of time on it though, starting from the exam topics breakdown provided and then tweaking/moving/revising/changing as I figured out what 'went together' and what didn't. It worked really well for me in the end 😃 I mention this in the writeup, but I also added little 'notes' to the top right corner of each page to help me quickly find stuff within the sections. Something like 'motors; DC; theory' for a problem that was about DC motors, and was a theory based problem (vs. math/number based). I was able to navigate my binder really quickly because of this. Good luck!
  6. I sorted every problem I did into 'sections' of a table of contents I created. The TOC grew, changed and morphed as I studied and realized what 'went together' and what didn't. (Power PE). I uploaded it on this website (PDF) so others could use it as a reference point rather than having to come up with their own from scratch. It needs to be revised/tweaked obviously as the exam topics change slightly each iteration. I found that with my TOC and disciplined sorting of problems, I was able to keep track and use the crap out of my practice problem solutions during the exam. A highly recommend this method.
  7. Howdy and good luck! I was where you are a couple years back. The last month. Such a roller coaster of confidence, doubt, questions, concerns, triumph, and bad days. I wrote up my experience/method here. You may find it useful to read through if you are trying to gather/structure your prep materials/resources. I think it was right around this time that I was google, searching, and trying to close gaps in my knowledge. I found some additional materials and this point and really used my last few weeks successfully. Best of luck!
  8. I'll second Engineering Pro Guides! There are 2 exams and also the 'technical study guide' has practice problems in each section.
  9. When I hit roadblocks with certain question types, especially late in the game, that is when I went to youtube. Inevitably I would find someone who explained something in a different way or said the key thing I had been missing.
  10. For those taking the October, 2019 exam - this is the 9 week mark before the exam. Guess what!? You still have lots of time left to prepare! This is exactly how many weeks I had to prepare between when I signed up and when I took the exam back in 2017. YOU GOT THIS!! I wrote up my 9-week study method in a mini-website (I started writing a reddit post and quickly realized I wanted it formatted into a couple of pages rather than one big wall-of-text). I posted this to reddit last year around this time and got good feedback from people with similar study brains to mine. My goal with this post is to encourage everyone who is currently studying - you got this! You've got lots of time! If you've been studying for many weeks now and feeling overwhelmed or lost, hopefully this injection of positivity and a concrete method option for the next 9 weeks can help re-focus you. If you are currently feeling overwhelmed/stressed, take a step back, clear your head, and examine your study method. Make a plan. Don't let the Negative Nancy's get you down. Website: https://spreadsheetdirtbags.com/howtopassthepeexam/ Also - I am happy to answer any questions I can about studying/prep. I wrote back in Oct 2017, but I'll do my best with any questions!
  11. I feel this is very accurate and agree with your thoughts!
  12. Something else I did was condense my binders. I originally 'over-stuffed' my binder and it wasn't easy to navigate. I ended up making a second, 'auxiliary' binder where I put the same tabs, but put 'extra' or 'duplicate' info. So, say there were two nearly identical practice problems - I'd put just the one in my 'main' binder and then put the other in the appropriate place in my 'auxiliary' binder. Generally this 'auxiliary' binder was a holding zone for things I thought I wouldn't need, but wasn't brave enough not to bring. This kept my 'main binder' manageable in size and easy to navigate. I think if you have multiple binders, that's a workable solution as well, since you can just grab the appropriate binder for the question at hand.
  13. I can't help too much with this as I haven't read the MERM (lucky me!). I didn't study from a book though (there's an electrical equivalent to the MERM, also massive and complex). I studied by doing practice problems and exams, then seeking info on areas I struggled with. I found the Eng Pro Guides study guide a little later in my studying when I was digging around for info on a specific section I was struggling with. I ended up reading it cover to cover and it helped fill a lot of holes for me. I didn't have it from the beginning though. Generally speaking my study method involved a lot more doing than reading. Like, as I read the Eng Pro Guides study guide, I did all the practice problems with my own detailed solutions. I wrote up my method here. It worked really well for me, I felt prepared, and I passed!
  14. I started out with the idea for formula sheets - thinking I'd want a bunch of them in my binder. I quickly realized though that they aren't all that useful if you haven't worked problems with them and familiarized yourself. I went the route of focusing on practice problems and practice exams. They key was that I wrote out long form clean solutions to each one, and I would write out the formula I used and put a box around it so it was easy to find in the solution. Throughout the solution, if I used a formula or code section, I would explicitly write it out and then box it. (i.e. I would write the formula FIRST and then below it I would re-write it with the numbers/values specific to that problem in the right place, then write '= ___' and continue down the solution. I then sorted these problems/solution sets into sections from a table of contents I created. In the end, I never used any 'cheat sheets' or 'formula sheets' but instead went to the section of my binder that was most similar to the exam problem, reviewed the problem's I had done in my studying, and then used those solutions and the formulas/methods in them to solve the exam problem. This worked really well for me. It's hard to summarize in a single paragraph - I wrote the whole method up on this website. You can also download my Table of Contents from there. However, I would recommend editing/adjusting the TOC to match the most current exam subjects (published by NCEES). I did put formula sheets from Engineering Pro Guides technical study guide at the beginning of each section for reference if I knew how to do the problem already and just needed to grab a formula. Also as an option for 'hail Mary' attempts at solving problems that I was totally stumped on. I think the key here is not to start out with the idea of collecting formula sheets - but to start out solving problems and then collect relevant formulas in a place where you know how to find/use them.
  15. Hello! I'm not civil, but I did compile a list of resources that I vetted as best I could through research and discussions with others. There are a couple of Civil Exams in the Civil section at the bottom of the page. I think you are on the right track looking for practice exams! Do as many worked problems as you can - it is the best prep!
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