3 Replies Latest reply on May 31, 2018 11:40 AM by Matt Thomas

    Accountability and thanks

    Matt Thomas

      i found out something interesting yesterday at my tech school(not my university). I happen to look on the publishers website(and in the forward) for my book. Turns out, my book is for the MID-LEVEL user. So some of the questions i have had about dims, were to be all ready known..like holding the shift key or diametrical or radial dims. So my frustration should have been at the school, not the book, for picking this book for those whom had never used solidworks or had proper diminishing training. I did confront one of the professors(we have 2 of them at the tech school.) and brought it to their attention very nicly. I even stated that i have not recieved alot of training in the past on dimms. The reply was "This book is not mid-level, it is beginning. We have had many begining students come in, sit down, do their work without asking questions to any of the professors and did just fine"  Not gonna lie, kinda hurt the feelings a little bit(yes, im proud to announce that i have feelings and im a grown man haha) but i have learned to deal with peoples feelings for many years:) maybe they were not feeling well that day..


      Anyway, would like to say thanks for all the help EVERYONE has given me, this includes those at the tech school as well. I do take accountability for any drama i may have caused around my book because i was frustrated at why i couldnt figure it out, had to search for all the answers on my own, was paying for the class whilst no professor that taught SW was at this campus, and turns out, the book is for mid lvl users. (I have switched campuses and it was worth it because now i can work along side the professor and ask him when im stuck, still no lectures but that is something i will have to deal with.)


      once again, thanks and have a great day. I look forward to being an active member on this forum and hopefully soon, being able to contribute knowledge to others like you have for me:)

        • Re: Accountability and thanks
          Rubén Rodolfo Balderrama

          Give us some chalenges and you try to help to another users too, We share knowlege here.

          Have a great day pal.

          • Re: Accountability and thanks
            Rebecca Bennett

            If those other students are not asking ANY QUESTIONS, they're probably missing out on A LOT.


            I feel this whole shut-up-and-learn attitude towards leveled learning is the norm.  If you know "this", you must know "that" kind of pompous assumption.


            You spoke your peace, good on you.  Never stop pointing out the inadequacies of a system, if we don't, it never gets any better.

            Now, let's kick some SW ass!

              • Re: Accountability and thanks
                Matt Thomas

                Yes, i do have an issue with how some tech schools run things. This one i am at follows the procedure of "follow the book step by step, and if you get stuck, ask a question"  there are no lectures or  a review of the tutorials to follow that day. Bare minimum would be a 5 minute video showing some tips and tricks for that specific project. However, that is not how they do it here. At the university, yes, but its a 2 year wait.. Luckily the teacher at the university gave me access to his 30 minute videos and all assignments and a student serial(9020) key to register with solidworks so i can get more training.


                "Never stop pointing out the inadequacies of a system, if we don't, it never gets any better." Is this not what we do everyday as solidworks users, designers and engineers? if we dont, people can die.. i take my job and skills seriously as an engineer, even if i am still a engineering student.


                thanks for your reply