The last post I covered 2 of the 5 keys to DOMINATING the Engineer in Training Exam now, here is a recap:
1. CONSOLIDATE YOUR RESOURCES
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2. CONNECT YOUR MIND TO YOUR PHYSICAL UNDERTAKING
Ask yourself what your goal is. I know this is probably an obvious answer, “I want to pass the Engineer in Training exam!”. Take it a step further than that, you will really set yourself in the right mindset to dominate the EIT exam.
3. THE POWER OF YOUR CALENDER
It’s typical for us Engineers to look for a fast forward button, to want to jump past all the “fluff” and get on to meat of the business. With every successful project in your life, there was a successful schedule attached to it. Preparing for the Engineer in Training exam is no different, scheduling how you are going to get from being un-certified to a certified EIT is worth your time. When you sit back and brainstorm/schedule how to get from point A to point B, you will set yourself up with a greater probability for success. By scheduling, you have the opportunity to expose possible obstacles, processes, and other restraints that are ineffective in getting the job down. You are able to effectively weed out the “fluff” that will really bog up the end result.
4. DEVELOP SUCCESS THROUGH SELF INFLICTED PAIN
Prior to you even starting your studies, get your hands on the best practice exams out there. I know the thought of sitting down for and giving yourself an exam is just ludicrous, but trust me, it pays off. When you take your first practice exam, you will probably realize just how much work you have ahead of you. More importantly though, you will get the sense that the task at hand is doable. Taking a practice exam sets a baseline, a point A, and gives you the feeling for what the format of and the type of questions will be asked during the exam. This helps you focus your studies to ensure you are retaining the relevant information at all times. Finally, prior to the exam I suggest you take another practice exam. This time you will dominate it, get through it with ease. This will instill a stroke in confidence as you head in for the actual EIT exam.
5. WATER YOUR STUDIES
Have you heard the saying, “you get out what you put in”? Are you getting plump vegetables out of your garden without any effort in taking care of them? The knowledge you will gain through your studies can be seen as the seeds to your success. However, you need to water these seeds to ensure they blossom to their greatest potential. With that, I stress diversifying your approach to studying. It’s obvious you will be hitting books, this is the crux of all study sessions. Integrate the water, the fuel, to help flourish and ingrain the theories you are learning from day to day. Talk to fellow engineers, join focus groups, meet with professors and colleagues.
I created EngineerInTrainingExam.com as an organized, open, and free forum dedicated to enhancing your productivity during the Engineer in Training Exam study process. I encourage you to use this free resource, this water, to your advantage by engaging with fellow engineers going through the same process. Every aspect of the website is developed on the premise of enhancing your studies, so open the floodgates. And remember, I am dedicated to being their when you need me, to engage personally, and help you flourish to your full potential.
I hope you found these tips helpful, there are more to come. But for the time being, Good Luck and take care of yourself and your loved ones!