PENCIL & PAPER PE EXAM TIP – Have Organized, Familiar References

With the calendar counting down to the last Civil pencil-and-paper PE Exam in October 2022, there’s still time benefit from one of the key advantages of this exam format – that you can take whatever references you want into the exam.

The process of assembling the reference materials to take into the exam is a vital part of your preparation, that is why I made it one of the cornerstones of the Dr. Tom Method we use in our Civil PE Exam Review courses. Deciding what to take and preparing your references for easy access to information, requires much thought, resulting in better retention of that information. I have seen this consistently in many years helping engineers to pass the PE Exam. The more effort our students put into preparing and organizing their references, the better they do on the exam.

How you organize them is your personal choice, but I recommend that you use a system that groups all information on a single topic together in one easily accessible location. You want to eliminate lots of searching through multiple references as much as possible. What’s most important is that you are familiar with your references and know where to find what you need quickly.

Beyond the exam, the materials you generate in preparing for the PE Exam are also materials you can use once you become a licensed professional engineer. You be able to enter the exam with the sense of confidence and accomplishment that you had collected, created and brought to the exam the materials that you needed to succeed, and leave with a wealth of materials you can use in your life as a PE.

There is clearly an advantage in preparing for and taking the PE Exam with materials you gather and create yourself, as well as great reward in passing the PE Exam knowing you were the one who compiled the reference materials. And for these reasons alone, my advice is to take and pass the PE exam now, before the change takes place! – Dr. Tom

“I participated in the 20-Week Review class for the Civil: Water Resources and Environmental exam. All of the hours put into studying and developing the materials following the Dr. Tom method paid off as I passed the Exam. Taking the 20 weeks to absorb the material and develop organized references I believe was also critical to my success. I will recommend anyone taking the test in the future to use the Dr. Tom courses, they were worth both my monetary and time investments.” – Chris Bakey, PE, Cochranville, PA

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New Robots Help Disinfect High-risk Areas

ultraviolet robot cleaner in hospital room

Even before the novel coronavirus outbreak, researchers have been studying ways to reduce acquired infections in group settings like elder care. A TIME story features a team of researchers from Ireland that has developed a robot equipped with ultraviolet light to kill harmful pathogens, yet be safe for use alongside residents.  They named the new robot Violet, and are working on testing its capability. Other companies are working on implementing similar technologies. UVD Robots, from Denmark, is already in production and shipping disinfecting robots to hospitals. This technology is sure to help control future outbreaks of infectious disease and keep more people safe—a perfect use for robot technology. – Beth Sciaudone, DTC Civil Water Resources & Environmental Instructor

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A Salute to the Engineers of United States Military

As we celebrate Independence Day, everyone here at Dr. Tom’s Classroom would like to pay tribute to the many engineers who serve in the United States military. We appreciate their dedication and contribution to preserving our freedom. Their work is an inspiration to us all.

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Better Prices with Flexible Payment Options

At DTC, we realize that the uncertainty of these times makes embarking on preparation for the PE Exam even more daunting than usual. That’s why we’ve committed to these new pricing options. We want to make it as stress free and affordable as possible for you to get started on your way to becoming a PE.

With our new Test Drive option and our Pay-As-You-Go option, you can now try out our courses for only $50 before you buy the full course, and there’s no obligation beyond your initial purchase. Then pay all at once and save or spread those payments out. You can save even more if you Pay Up Front.

We are all in this together, and we hope these flexible payment options will be helpful. Please stay safe out there!

“I was happy to find people who cared about me and my success on the exam. The structure and support that I received from Dr. Tom’s Classroom was paramount to my success during the exam. I truly appreciate the efforts put forth by Dr. Tom and all others that make this review possible.”
– Chris, PE, Toms River, New Jersey

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FEATURED FREE VIDEOS – Dr. Tom’s Civil PE Exam Strategy Videos

Part 1 – Which Exam Should You Take?

You may already know which PM Exam you will be taking, but we recommend that you take time to watch Part 1 of Dr. Tom’s Civil PE Exam Strategy videos for the general information about the exam. He goes over the exam format and discuss the importance of thoroughly reviewing all the areas covered in the AM exam and the review time required to obtain the 56 points needed to pass the exam. He also look at the pros and cons of choosing each of the Civil PM Exams, because choosing the right exam is the first step to success.

Part 2 – How To Take the Exam with Confidence and Pass

Passing the PE Exam requires more than just knowing how to solve problems. You need a solid plan for organizing your review from day one and for solving problems on exam day. In this video, Dr. Tom goes over his recommendations on how to best structure your review before the exam, and his strategies for problem-solving on exam day. If you have prepared properly, then you should be able to walk into the exam with confidence in your ability to tackle whatever the exam my throw at you. That’s half the battle in passing this exam.

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FEATURED TESTIMONIAL – A Path to Passing

“I am proud to report that I received a passing score on the exam. I must admit that I am quite surprised to say the least. If a retired US Navy test pilot who has not looked at undergraduate engineering for over 30 years can pass using this course, then this is positive proof that the DTC method is effective

I followed the course to the letter and even built in an extra 2-weeks of review following the 20-week course. This included taking the NCEES practice review test over 3 times. In retrospect, the only thing that I could have done differently was to trust in the review and the Dr. Tom process for test taking. I am now a believer in the DTC method.

Passing the PE has been a life long personal and professional goal and I am thankful for all of your help. By the way, prior to taking this course, I had signed up and paid for one of the other courses and found it more of a MERM addendum rather than a path to passing. Thank you again.”
– Steve, PE

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Tires Can Clean Water – Who Knew?

UW-Madison engineer Jim Park standing in front of a pit filled with pieces of used tires.

Used tires from vehicles are typically seen as waste that needs to be disposed of. A researcher from the University of Wisconsin-Madison is challenging this perspective with research to re-purpose this potential resource. These tires can have applications for removing chemicals from stormwater runoff. – Daniel Findley, DTC Civil Transportation Instructor

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Try Before You Buy with Our New TEST DRIVE Option

With our new Test Drive option and our Pay-As-You-Go option, you can now try out our courses for only $50 before you buy the full course. We’re so sure you’ll like what you see that there’s no obligation beyond your initial purchase.

“I am really enjoying the course so far. I am getting quite a bit out of each lecture. It’s so refreshing to have someone actually break down each and EVERY step. Most other sources skip portions and it causes a lot of confusion and lost time.” – New DTC Participant

At DTC, we realize that the uncertainty of these times makes embarking on preparation for the PE Exam even more daunting than usual. That’s why we’ve committed to these new pricing options. We want to make it as stress free and affordable as possible for you to get started on your way to becoming a PE.

We are all in this together, and we hope our flexible payment options will be helpful. Please stay safe out there!

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