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Author Topic: Average study time for general and Extra  (Read 1212 times)
KD4RLV
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« on: May 10, 2016, 05:31:36 AM »

Hi there,
What is the studying time for General and Extra?..It's been years since, I have had my tech license, and it's time for me to stop putting things off and take the exams. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in Advance.
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W2EM
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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2016, 12:35:30 PM »

Check this out:

http://www.eham.net/ehamforum/smf/index.php/topic,107562.0.html

You can do it at your own pace.  Read a chapter every night or whatever.

People have different ideas on this subject but this works for a lot of hams.
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« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2016, 02:18:11 PM »

Don't judge your progress by other people's standards or you will just set yourself up for failure.
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SWMAN
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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2016, 07:19:23 AM »

 I didn't really study for my Tech or General. I just looked over the Radio Shack books and looked at a few sample questions in the back. I guess I just got lucky. I figured if I failed I would just take it again. So I did get lucky. But a lot of the things asked were just basic and I already knew. Good Luck, Jim W5JJG and 73
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KM4OBL
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2016, 08:19:43 AM »

I  had no electronics background and have a terrible memory.  It took me a couple of months for each test (to the point of getting zero questions wrong on practice tests).
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AA4HA
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« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2016, 06:01:56 AM »

For someone with technician-level skills and understanding to get competent enough to understand the concepts and to properly pass a general exam..

These are my observations of how successful adults are at integrating knowledge;

Between 40-120 hours of actually reading the materials, understanding the concepts, doing the exercises and then taking practice exams.

When I say "doing the exercises" it does not mean just jumping on to a practice exam site and repeatedly taking tests until you get a passing score. It is about going through the study guide, doing the lessons and working out a few problems until you gain an understanding of the concepts before you progress on to the next chapter.

I have been teaching communications and electronics subjects to adult learners for about 30 years. Most of the students were about on-par with the skills of a technician-class license holder (some electronics familiarity but not in depth).
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« Reply #6 on: May 21, 2016, 03:45:38 PM »

I would say a week to 10 days in the evening after work depending how much stress your job puts on you, High stress 3 or 4 weeks,  the questions are easy.
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