The information given here is simply the opinion of one guy
who did electrical work from 1967 until 2001and has taught
electrical courses since about 1973. Please confirm all aspects
of this information with others before acting on the contents.
Hopefully you will find helpful details here which will make
your career choice easier to follow. Cheers:>) David U.
Same Time Same Place
Find a place where you can arrange all your course materials and leave
them. Then each day at a set time, for a specific amount of time, go to
that place. Sid down and begin studying. Establish a routine. Thirty
minutes every day is much better than 3 and 1/2 hours all at one
sitting on only one day each week.
Tell your Family and Friends
When you have established a place to study and a study schedule, make sure your family
and friends know about it. Only in this way will you be able to minimize
distractions. You need your family and friends on your side to be
successful. Ultimately everyone will benefit from your success.
Improve your Vocabulary
Look up every word you do not know as you come to them in any study
exercise. Have a good dictionary handy. Make a list of the new words
with definitions that you are learning.
This is an obvious study technique which has great power. Reading each
assignment once is great. Twice is better. Taking a test the first time
produces areas which you can see you need to work on. So after improving your
understanding of each question on a test, retake it. Work through each
code reference and each calculation until you can do them all from memory.
That's a good thing.
Flash Cards Help
Children are not the only students who benefit from flash cards. You
can, too. Use 3x5 blank cards and a black felt tip pen. Write a word on
one side. Definition on the other, for example. Make flash cards for
anything you want to memorize. Then let anyone help you. Take the flash
cards with you in your pocket. Whip them out when ever you have a spare
Make Audio Tapes
If you have a long commute, you may want to use audio tapes of code
articles to improve your memory. Use any inexpensive cassette recorder.
Read 60 minutes worth of code into the recorder. Put article numbers
included on a sticker. Repeat the process until you have tapes for
Chapters 1, 2, and 3. Then during your commute, plug in a tape and
listen to yourself.
Let Others Help
When you encounter an aspect of your study that you do not understand,
ask someone for help. People who can help you will like to help you. Let
them. Equally effective is for you to help others. Both of these activities
will help. As many people have said, you only really understand a topic
when you can explain it to others.
Make To Do Lists
Study time like most activities is best applied according to a specific
plan. Make a list of what you need to accomplish each week. Work
backwards from your goal to where you are now. Then list every task to
be done. Divide the tasks by the time available to determine how much
needs to be done and when. List the work to be accomplished then work your list.
Read At A Good Time
If you find yourself falling asleep when you try to read, consider
trying to read at a different time of the day or in a different place.
The National Electrical Code will put anyone to sleep. But face facts.
The NEC is THE book to get through for success.
Establish A Study Group
Two or more people getting together to study can really help one another. One
person may understand topic A but not topic B. Another person may
understand topic B but not A. In a study group setting, anyone can ask
any question. Anyone else may be able to answer. Easy for me to say.
Bring Questions To Class
If you are luck enough to participate in a classroom setting where an
instructor is available to answer questions, bring any question you come
up with to class. On a tablet, write out questions no one in your study
group can answer. A separate yellow tablet works best for this since it
is readily identifiable in class.
Skip What You Know
When you encounter a topic that is easy for you, just do a few problems
then move on to what is difficult for you There is no reason to waste
time on what you know. Study what you don't know.
Visit Job Sites
Fortunately in the electrical trade, many people already know how to do
the work. You can learn from them. By looking over what others have
done, you can record images of completed installations in your memory.
Then when you are reading about a specific topic, you'll have an image
to go along with just words. A picture is worth those famous thousand
words for sure.
When you are working on a job, with other more experienced electricians,
ask them for help to study a topic. Ask them how they learned. Follow
their suggestions if you see a benefit. If you develop this ability, you can go right far.
Yep. An effective study tip is to accept mistakes as normal. No one
knows everything about anything. Why try to be the exception? Therefore
if you are never going to be perfect, just work to get as close as you
need to be. And if along the way you don't do well on a test or two, no
big deal. Go back over the material until your errors are reduced. For
sure, improvement is more likely with effort. Perfection is unlikely
regardless of effort. Close sometimes is good enough. Well sometimes it
just is! This is particularly true if working for perfection will cause
you never to reach perfection, be frustrated and quit. Get all you can of the trade knowledge
available to you. But accept the fact that you'll never know it all. Welcome
to the club. I've been a member since forever.
- Build a Collection
A good selection of reference books should be available to you as you
study. A dictionary is the most important to have. Remember to
Invest In Yourself. This will pay great rewards.
Manufacturers of electrical tools and material produce beautiful trade
literature mostly given away freely. These days you can request videos,
CD's and booklets from many companies. And online data is increasing
exponentially daily. This information is readily available.
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