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The Texas Society of Professional Surveyors SIT/RPLS Test Prep Study Groups

(Previously SIT Forum) Goal: To assist Land Surveying para-professionals and SIT's in preparing for the TBPLS examinations to become an SIT or a RPLS, respectively.

What is a Study Group?

A study group can be helpful when you are trying to learn information and concepts and preparing for class discussions and tests. Read to learn about the benefits of a study group below. Then read on to learn about how to start a study group and the characteristics of a successful study group. Finally, be sure to read about the possible pitfalls of a study group.

Benefits of a Study Group

A study group can be beneficial in many ways. Here are the most important benefits: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. A support group can "pick you up" when you find that your motivation to study is slipping. The other group members can be a source of encouragement. You may be reluctant to ask a question in class. You will find it easier to do so in a small study group. You may become more committed to study because the group members are depending on your presentation and participation. You will not want to let them down. Group members will listen and discuss information and concepts during the study sessions. These activities add a strong auditory dimension to your learning experience. One or more group members are likely to understand something you do not. They may bring up ideas you never considered. You can learn valuable new study habits from the other group members. You can compare your class notes with those of the other group members to clarify your notes and fill in any gaps. Teaching/explaining information and concepts to the other group members will help you reinforce your mastery of the information and concepts. Let's face it - studying can sometimes be boring. Interacting with the other group members can make studying enjoyable.

Getting a Study Group Started

Study groups don't just happen. Here is what you should do to get a study group started: 1. Get to know your classmates by talking with them before class, during breaks, and after class. When selecting a classmate to join your study group, you should be able to answer YES for each of the following questions:

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Is this classmate motivated to do well? Does this classmate understand the subject matter? Is this classmate dependable? Would this classmate be tolerant of the ideas of others? Would you like to work with this classmate?

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Invite enough of these classmates to work with you in a study group until you have formed a group of three to five. A larger group may allow some members to avoid responsibility, may lead to cliques, and may make group management more of an issue than learning. Decide how often and for how long you will meet. Meeting two or three times a week is probably best. If you plan a long study session, make sure you include time for breaks. A study session of about 60 to 90 minutes is usually best. Decide where you will meet. Select a meeting place that is available and is free from distractions. An empty classroom or a group study room in the library are possibilities. Decide on the goals of the study group. Goals can include comparing and updating notes, discussing readings, and preparing for exams. Decide who the leader will be for the first study session. Also decide whether it will be the same person each session or whether there will be a rotating leader. The leader of a study session should be responsible for meeting the goals of that study session. Clearly decide the agenda for the first study session and the responsibilities of each group member for that session. Develop a list of all group members that includes their names, telephone numbers, and email addresses. Make sure each group member has this list and update the list as needed.

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Characteristics of a Successful Study Group

Once started, a study group should possess the following characteristics to be successful: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Each group member contributes to discussions. Group members actively listen to each other without interrupting. Only one group member speaks at a time. The other group members work collaboratively to resolve any concern raised by a group member. Group members are prompt and come prepared to work. The group stays on task with respect to its agenda. Group members show respect for each other. Group members feel free to criticize each other but keep their criticisms constructive. This can encourage group members to reveal their weaknesses so that they can strengthen them. Group members feel free to ask questions of each other. At the end of each study session, an agenda including specific group member responsibilities is prepared for the next session. Above all, the positive attitude that "we can do this together" is maintained.

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Possible Pitfalls of a Study Group

A study group can be a very positive learning experience. However, there are pitfalls to be avoided. Here are some cautions: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Do not let the study group get distracted from its agenda and goals. Do not let the study group become a social group. You can always socialize at other times. Do not allow group members to attend unprepared. To stay in the group, members should be required to do their fair share. Do not the let the session become a negative forum for complaining about teachers and courses. Do not allow one or two group members to dominate the group. It is important that all members have an equal opportunity to participate.

The information you just read will help you decide when a study group is appropriate for you and will help ensure its success.

What is the plan to achieve these goals?

To achieve these goals TSPS State and the Education Committee specifically, as charged by the TSPS President, will create a structure, wherein each major metropolitan area's Chapter will create a Study Group for accumulating and distributing information regarding the examinations for each the SIT Examination and the RPLS Examination. This information will be pooled for redistribution to others, first within the Chapter and secondly at each quarterly board meeting with other Chapter's Member Study Groups. A Chapter Study Group will then set aside a regular time and day to meet for two to four hours to discuss study material. Each Chapter should have a representative that will attend the TSPS State quarterly board meeting and meet with the other representatives to share data. If there is duplicate material from one or more sources, the group will review the material to decide if a) one is better than the other, b) the material is relevant and can be cross-checked for accuracy and c) if the differing materials can be combined to benefit the group.

SIT Examination Assistance:

The Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying developed its own examinations prior to 1988. When considered together, the Board's Fundamentals of Surveying exam and Computations exam were equivalent to the NCEES's Fundamentals of Surveying exam as it existed at that time. Since that time additional technology subjects have been added to the examination for a more complete test. The TBPLS (Board's) exams covered the following topics: Survey Calculations Algebra Trigonometry Measurement Analysis Data Adjustment Survey Astronomy Writing Survey Reports Boundary Law, Deed Research Case Law Survey Planning Process Field Data Acquisition Survey Plat Preparation Land Development Principles

Each exam topic is a specific percentage of the Test. The Chapter Study Group members will divide up the topics and research their specific topics and prepare the information for discussion. All material presented must also include the source of the material. Multiple sources that agree would have more value to the group.

Learning Resources:

Websites:

http://www.how-to-study.com/study-skills/en/studying/38/study-groups/

Books:

Fundamentals of Surveying: Sample Examination, Third Edition (Paperback) $50.00

Designed to prepare you for the NCEES PS exam, the Principles and Practice of Surveying Sample Examination simulates the actual exam with realistic problems. This sample exam closely mirrors the complete exam experience by covering the 5 primary topics tested, plus the level of difficulty, length, and question format.

http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-Surveying-Sample-ExaminationThird/dp/1591260469/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270862242&sr=1-1

1001 Solved Surveying Fundamentals Problems, 2nd ed. (Paperback) $148.50

This books really covers all the basics in Surveying, from Boundary Law to GPS. If you want to prepare yourself for a national exam, you should have it. I would say that once you learn everything in it, you are at a level between the LSIT and the LS. Contains lots of precious information and will help you find the weak points in your knowledge!

http://www.amazon.com/1001-Solved-Surveying-FundamentalsProblems/dp/1888577126/ref=rcx_ser_title?ie=UTF8&s=books#noop

Surveyor Reference Manual, Fourth Edition (Hardcover) $129.95

The Surveyor Reference Manual is the most comprehensive reference and study guide available for surveyors preparing for the Fundamentals of Surveying (FS) exam. New chapters on GPS, electronic distance measurement, geographic information systems, economics, job costing, and ethics have been added to this edition to meet the current NCEES survey exam specifications.

http://www.amazon.com/Surveyor-Reference-Manual-FourthAndrew/dp/1591260442/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1270862242&sr=1-5

FS Sample Questions and Solutions Book $12.95 ISBN: 978-1-932613-20-9 This book provides 85 sample questions and solutions for the FS examination.

http://www.ncees.org/Exams/Study_materials.php?exam=FS&product=1P

Individual Research from Previous Examinees:

Assistance: 1. Defining eligibility for the certification (SIT) or license exam (RPLS). 2. What you send TBPLS . 3. What TBPLS sends you. 4. SIT and the NCEES, what you should know to pass the test. 5. What TBPLS requires you know for SIT/RPLS test. 6. SIT Candidates need to contact the TBPLS office early and often.

RPLS Examination Assistance:

The Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying requires testing unique to Texas. Specific knowledge of Texas land boundary and legal issues will be tested. The Board's Analytical and Legal Examinations are required for professional license in Texas. The TBPLS (Board's) exams covered the following topics: Boundary Law Deed Research Case Law Writing Survey Reports Survey Plat Preparation

Each exam topic is a specific percentage of the Test. The Chapter Study Group members will divide up the topics and research their specific topics and prepare the information for discussion. All material presented must also include the source of the material. Multiple sources that agree would have more value to the group.

In this specific case there are few manuals dealing with Texas Boundary Law and Legal issues. Case Law, some of which may be gathered from TBPLS at their website, http://www.txls.state.tx.us/sect00/homepage.html under Boundary Law & Legal Principles, is usually the very good study material. The best study material would be anything gleaned from someone who had recently taken the test and passed it. They may help with the format, type and style of examination questions. This will help the first time examinee to understand the examination and be better prepared.

Learning Resources:

Websites:

http://www.txls.state.tx.us/sect00/homepage.html TSPS State Website also has the "Store" which is the heart of TSPS Publications, many of which are long standing texts which would be helpful in preparing for the RPLS Exam. Please see Manuals & Study Materials. Many of these books can only be purchased through TSPS due to copyright laws. The direct link below will provide a list of books available through TSPS. Please see recommended books below. http://www.tsps.org/publications/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=3&option= com_virtuemart&Itemid=1

Books:

TSPS Publications may be your best source of Boundary and Legal reference material, although some reference material may be out of print (M.E. Spry). In this case there are a number of surveyors that may have one you can borrow/rent. Some National Level Boundary texts also provide good sound boundary examples that are recognized in Texas. Recommended Books available from TSPS. Survey Manual For Texas copyright 1969. Study Guide for Texas Surveyors It's Still the Law in '90 Texas Surveyors Association Technicians Short Course Manual, Revised 1976 Decisions by Ken Gold (2nd Edition)

Recommended Books available from outside sources. Evidence and Procedures for Boundary Location Boundary Control and Legal Principles Clark on Surveying and Boundaries Definitions of Surveying and Associated Terms Manual of Surveying Instructions 1973 Legal Topics in Boundary Surveying

Individual Research from Previous Examinees:

The best study material would be anything gleaned from someone who had recently taken the test and passed it. They may help with the format, type and style of examination questions. This will help the first time examinee to understand the examination and be better prepared. Many seasoned surveyors may have retained their study material which can be invaluable as sample questions. The material must be discussed thoroughly until all the members of the Chapter Study Group have a working knowledge of all the material. This is why it is critically important to set aside a regular time and day to meet for two to four hours to discuss study material. The sacrifice of making time for study group will pay dividends later. ~~ More to come ~~

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