“Do Your Own Homework” to make Preparing for the Board Exams easier
Doing your own homework, not just copying your classmate’s work, will mean an easier preparation for the board exams.
The Learning Phase
All subjects are difficult the first time around. This is the Learning Phase — where you learn a topic’s theory and solving process. Let’s call this ‘learning the basics.’
Learning the Basics
Learning comes in 2 forms: Passive and Active Learning.
Passive learning is to grasp ideas by watching others perform. Examples are observing others do it actual, attending lectures, or watching how-to-videos.
Active learning is to apply these ideas on your own. It gives you experience.
Doing things on your own gives you experiences of failures and successes. Successes teaches you what to do, failures and missteps gives you what NOT to do. Both are important.
Being given a homework and doing it on your own gives you experience.
Copying another person’s work may give you a passing grade, but it won’t help you pierce the learning phase.
Strong Fundamentals = Easier Preparation
“Doing your own homework” may seem trivial, but strong fundamentals and experience will result to an easier time preparing for the board exams.
Beyond the Board Exam
After passing the board, working with other trades is inevitable. Clashes of ideas are common. Not knowing to defend your case could result to embarassment or losing your job.
Common cases on-site:
- Why pipes aren’t allowed inside columns, beams, shear walls, etc
- Why water shouldn’t be added to ready-mixed concrete
- Why ‘top bars’ should be kept near the top
If you did your assignment, winning these arguments would be a piece of cake. ;)
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