Study Tips from a Recent Board Exam Passer

Board exam review for chemical engineering: study tips from a recent test-taker 

Hey everyone! I’m a recent graduate of chemical engineering and reviewed at Auxesis Review Center, and I just wanted to share some board exam review tips for those of you who are about to take the big test. It can be pretty daunting. Most of the time I felt so anxious, and the knowledge I have feels like it was never enough to pass the boards! But if you follow these simple tips, you’ll be well on your way to passing with flying colors. 

1. Get organized: One of the most important things you can do when preparing for your board exam is to get yourself organized. Create a study schedule and stick to it. This will help you make the most of your study time and ensure that you’re covering all the necessary material. Trust me, you don’t want to be cramming the night before the exam! 

2. Create a study group: Another great way to prepare for your board exam is to create a study group with your classmates. This is a great way to discuss difficult concepts, review material, and bounce ideas off of one another. And if you’re feeling extra motivated, you can even hold each other accountable for sticking to your study schedule! Perhaps, you may find ‘the one in your study group ;p 

3. Understand the concepts: Simply memorizing information is not going to be enough to help you pass your chemical engineering board exam. You need to understand the underlying concepts in order to apply them correctly on the test. So, as you’re studying, make sure that you’re really understanding the material and not just memorizing facts and figures. Also, finding concepts in Perry’s Chemical Engineering Handbook will be a great way to reduce the workload on your brain! Remember, it is okay to highlight and put tabs on the book (but do not write anything!) 

4. Take practice exams: A great way to gauge your progress and identify areas that need improvement is to take practice exams. These can be found in many review books or online. Taking these exams under timed conditions will also help prepare you for the pressure of the real thing. Auxesis Review Center regularly gives practice exams, so make sure to utilize those and re-review the solutions with your study group. 

5. Play the ARC App: If you are bored, sick of solving equations, or just stuck in traffic (or on a boring date!), just open the ARC App and answer the questions leisurely. As the questions were gathered from the past chemical engineering board exam questions, you will find it helpful to remember the answers. ARC App also has a section named Brain Blast to help me memorize formulas from maths to Chemical Engineering Laws, all being productive while in the traffic for hours! 

Preparing for your board exam doesn’t have to be stressful if you follow these simple tips. Just remember to get organized, create a study group, understand the concepts, and take practice exams. Do all of this and I’m sure you’ll pass with flying colors! Best of luck! 

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