Prepineer Digest 001
Introducing The Prepineer Digest! Tools, Resources, Updates & More!
Welcome to the very first Prepineer Digest!
With 2020 being nothing short of a “bummer” for us all, I am setting out to help guide you in making 2021 nothing short of “phenomenal” – through struggle there is always opportunity, let’s position ourselves to take advantage of what is to come.
The Prepineer Digest will drop every week with the goal of providing you fresh resources, updates and tools to help you succeed and thrive while preparing for the FE Exam.
I have so much to share with you, but I don’t want to bombard you with posts, emails and other distractions throughout the week. So, I realized that instead of sending out several communications per week, I could put everything in to one handy, helpful format that you can rely on.
I want the Prepineer Digest to help you take action in your personal goal of becoming a licensed engineer. I want it to help you move forward with less struggle and more clarity and confidence with proven tools and resources designed to help you succeed.
So let me know what you think, it shall evolve over time, but the ultimate goal will always be to serve and inspire you to keep pushing forward.
Justin Dickmeyer, PE
What’s featured in this weeks digest
In this Prepineer digest we are hitting on all levels, taking you from where you are today and inching you forward towards that next stage in your prep, here is the rundown:
- Start with a quick tip that’ll ground your mindset where it needs to be to get moving: Simplify…just take *a* step
- Need some reps in practice, we’ve got you covered, walking you through a practice problem in Chemistry: How do you find the Oxidation Number?
- Maybe you need to know what to expect on exam day, we touch on scheduled breaks: Can I go to my car during my scheduled break?
- Do you need some inspiration to get going…to keep going? Read a snippet of the story of one of our past students who had literally dropped out of the industry altogether due to his struggles with passing the FE Exam: The inspirational story of Zach Shepard, PE
Click where you’d like to start, or check out each resource individually, whichever way you go, enjoy!
Simplify…just take a step
Hands down the greatest obstacle to getting started on any journey is just knowing where to start.
The majority of students I work with come in overwhelmed by the shear magnitude of the FE Exam. It doesn’t matter if they are just graduating or have been out of college for years, when we haven’t seen the subjects we are being tested on since our Freshman year, some heavy emotions surface.
Couple this with the reality that we are now entrenched in to a life full of ever growing commitments, the FE Exam tends to take a back seat until we find a “better time” to get after it.
Truth is…there will be no “better time”.
I have seen seeking a “better time” balloon in to a year, 5 years, even a decade down the road before one decides it’s time to take action – if they do at all.
This doesn’t need to be your story.
Instead of looking at the entire specification as a whole, take a single subject – Mathematics – and commit to hitting it little by little over the next few weeks to a month.
A lot will come of this simple first step.
First, you are going to actually take *a* step, allowing yourself to start knocking off some of the cobwebs by establishing a routine, a cadence. Through cadence comes confidence and a feeling that you “can actually get it done”.
More than that, you will literally be 11% complete with the journey – Math can make up 12 of the 110 problems on the exam, not to include the complementary elements found in all the other subjects.
That’s a pretty major win.
Bottom line, to get anywhere, you have to get moving first. Successfully preparing for this exam is done one step at a time.
If you never get moving, you are guaranteed one thing…
You will never get there.
Take “a” step today, you won’t regret doing it.
How do you find the Oxidation Number?
For most, Chemistry isn’t a subject we are too pumped on studying. Though once we realize we need to just be “dangerous enough” in understanding the basics, the overall sentiment tends to recede.
In this video, we dive in to an FE Exam Practice Problem in the subject of CHEMISTRY, specifically revolving around the OXIDATION NUMBER.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I go to my car during my scheduled break?
Strolling in to your testing center on the day of your FE Exam might initially feel like a shake down given to a felon walking in to prison.
Question is, at any point during the exam is there a way out?
Let’s get in to it…
Zach Shepard, PE
I wanted to close this Prepineer Digest with the inspirational story of Zach Shepard.
Look, I don’t know where you stand today in your career.
Maybe you are riddled with uncertainty of what the future holds.
Maybe you are in cruise control, with fingers crossed that some turn of events will reinvigorate your enthusiasm.
Maybe your are borderline hanging on to hope that engineering is actually the direction you want to go.
This was where Zach was.
His story is very unique, in fact, he dropped out of the industry completely because he was so discouraged having failed the FE Exam multiple times.
But he circled back to give it one last go.
“Looking back over these last several months, Prepineer was a ledge to grab on to, to hold on to, it gave me the strength, the pathway, to be able to prove to myself that I had more in me than I thought I did.
I was roughed up…I needed a lifeline, I got in to Prepineer and I didn’t look back.
I knew, no matter what I encountered, I had the team at Prepineer that I could rely on. Knowing and having that feeling, made all the difference.
It’s a long, tiring, very trying road…and on that journey, you are going to need people, Prepineer makes everything more attainable.”
I wanted to share this snippet of Zach’s story because he was about as far gone as you can be after 5 failed attempts.
He didn’t give up though, he committed to taking small actions each day, leaning against the emotions that came with tackling the exam, and today, Zach is a licensed engineering in multiple states.
You can be the same.
Just take “a” step.
Until we meet again my friend, may God bless you and your family! 🙂