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Penn State University Contact: Ron Gebhardtsbauer, FSA, MAAA
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rug16(at)psu.edu
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Old 06-12-2007, 11:23 AM
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DON'T STRESS TOO MUCH!

Shapiro's "teaching" technique is to basically show every formula, proof, and corollary from the book and ask the class to tell him what they mean. You will see no real examples and you will leave more confused than when you walked in. Count on it.

The key is learning the formulas and symbols and recognizing that nomenclature is standardized. Once you do this, you can reason through any problem thrown your way.

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Oh and the homework...check out the math library, you may find an old actex manual of some value.
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Ditto to what psu02 said about recognizing the symbols and nomenclature. If you plan on taking FM during or immediately after 410, then buy a study guide and read through Kellison a bit.

Just appease to him early in the class by answering a question that way he won't pick you out of the crowd and make fun of your t-shirt.
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Regarding the homework and class exams, our TA was an easy grader (since he went through Shapiro too). You will get half credit for just putting pictures and a few more points for putting semi-correct formulas.
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Definitely pay attention to the pictures.

Shapiro's basic exam grading is this:

State your givens=1 pt.
State your find =1 pt.
Draw a representative picture=3pt.
Formulas and solving=5 pts.

Your TA will definitely be a Shapiro student. In fact they will probably be taking the Life Con classes.
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Also ... as a former Shapiro TA, my suggestions wouldbe to take the "gimmie" points (i.e. from PSU02 post, "given", "find", "picture") and if all else fails, write all the formulas you know on the topic as legibly (is that a word?) as possible .... after reading people's scribble for hours as thery try to BS for points, you'd be surprised how nice it is to see an organized solution (even if it's wrong) with nice handwriting.
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I graduated in '97 and it doesn't sound like anything's changed. I would suggest studying for the applicable exam (or at least going through the study manuals) at the same time you're taking the class. When I began to study for theory of interest and life cons a lot of things that Shapiro went over in class suddenly made sense.
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you guys are telling diana too much crap!

just attend shapiro's class. On tests, write down what they are asking, what to solve and draw a pic. you'll get a B, no stress and get to drink. Very minimal time should be spent in this course.
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I'm with rawl here.... I never cracked the Kellison nor Bowers et. al. books once during all three semesters with Arnie. Just write the givens, what to find and draw a picture, and you'll be fine. Then you can go out drinking with rawl. ... ugh... I bet my liver would've appreciated it if I had stayed in and studied some nights.
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