The real reason you don’t follow through (and can’t pass the FE Exam) With a new year comes new aspirations reinforced by a reinvigorated spirit to get after an opportunity that comes from the chaos of a years past. But, last year, it all started the same way – what happened? Why are we still […]
Our Hamster Wheel (and what would passing the FE Exam mean) Let’s be real, we as engineers are pretty good at creating our own hamster wheels. Rung by rung. And this my friends, is holding us back from taking the FE Exam. Until it won’t. Let’s get in to it. From day one, our lives […]
The Middling (and your FE Exam prep) As it is with any worthwhile pursuit, there will exists two extremes that will determine where we will end up at the end studying for the FE Exam. On one side, there is unaccountability. On the other, vulnerability. One tends towards a hopeless trajectory of mediocrity, while the […]
Routine & Cadence (and attempting the FE Exam) Going in to a new year allows us an opportunity to turn a page. Maybe a page many of us have had an eye on for some time now. If attempting the FE Exam is the page you are gearing up to flip, then I want you […]
Your greatest struggle passing the FE Exam Life is full of struggle. From daily commutes to personal relationships, as human beings we are always seeking one thing: Ways to ease the tensions that exist. But what about those struggles that come from pursuits that we decide to take on ourselves? These struggles tend to be […]
Studying for the FE Exam and my lessons from a mountain bike trail Whether it be riding a mountain bike or studying for the FE Exam, getting back in to doing something you haven’t done in a while will present it’s challenges. From lactic acid to feeling like you can’t remember a thing from college, […]
Your FE Exam Study Schedule Sucks Welp, if that’s not the most click baitiest title of all time, then I don’t know what is? But for real, your FE Exam study schedule, heck, all of our schedules suck – that’s it. Let’s discuss. We are on record for being the most horrible estimators of all […]
Why do you even want to do this? Seriously, why do you want to do this? I know this may come across tongue-in-cheek, but for real, why do you even want to go through preparing for and taking the FE Exam? Let’s discuss. If you are anything like me, the moment you walked across that […]
We go 4 (ahem 5…) years limping through engineering while in college, yet, now in the real world, we expect the process of becoming a professional engineer should just be a formality. Question is, is this a proper way of approaching this whole process…
Run solo, or find a group to study with? When it comes to passing the FE Exam, the answer is neither and all of the above. The reality of it all is it this…it takes an ecosystem
We’ve all heard the saying that “perfect is the enemy of good”…and this rings true for so many of you studying for the FE Exam. One of our greatest qualities, and struggles, as engineers is our attention to detail, the striving for perfection in everything that we do. We naturally overthink in an effort to ensure quality – as we should.
Getting started preparing to take the FE Exam should be simple – until it isn’t. What should be a trivial task of studying – something we have done a thousand times before – ends up being a battle, both mentally and logistically. Test prep post-academia is a different game, and sometimes we just have to be a bit “shallow” in where our motivations come from to get us going.
Whether you like it or not, these four words are on the minds of everyone – and I remember clearly the first time I heard them…
99% of the time I am in a fairly stable…I don’t talk much of that 1%
Failure after failure, I couldn’t figure out what I was doing wrong…
The last thing you want to hear is that your experience since graduating hasn’t counted one iota.
Some will say when they retake the exam it is harder than what they experienced previously.
Nobody ever wants to Balance a Chemical Equation, let’s change that.
Use Mohr’s Circle to determine the Stress on an object, not your brain.
It didn’t take very long to acquire a strong sense of “I don’t belong here”.