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I am in Basic electrical at Lincoln Tech and I do not really understand how to read schematics or the basic concept of electricity. can you recommend any helpful resource so I can increase my knowledge in this class.

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Bogi Lateiner, Owner and Technician at 180 Degrees Automotive Hi DeMonica! Lots of people struggle with reading wiring diagrams at first, so first start with being easy on yourself :) There are lots of books on basic electricity out there, when I was in tech school I spent many an hour sitting in the aisle at my local book store reading books on electricity! One book I found that helped out was put out by Bosch called "Automotive Electric/Electrical systems." But there are loads of them! My best recommendation though is to ask your teacher for that class if they would sit down with you after class and help you with the basics. Most teachers will be happy to do that if you show that you are really interested and willing to put in the extra work and time. Ask them to give you additional exercises you can practice with. The best resources are the ones you have at your school. And if your teacher isn*t able or willing to help, seek out another teacher at the school that you have a good relationship with. Sometimes hearing it stated differently by a different person is all it takes! Start with the super simple, a diagram of just a battery wired to a single load like a light bulb. Make sure you get the super basics first, power, loads ground, and the basics of flow of electricity. Remember that electricity flows like water, the path of least resistance! Than slowly add complexity rather than jumping into a diagram of a highly complex system on a modern vehicle, it can be overwhelming even to those who have been in the field for years.... start simple and work up. You*ll get a hang of it sooner than you think! hope that helps! Bogi 180 Degrees Automotive Connect with AskPatty on: YouTube: MySpace: Facebook: LinkedIn: Twitter: Flickr:

Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear DeMonica, Here are some websites that may help you. Good luck and don't get discouraged, sometimes it takes a while before it clicks! Hope this helps. Lori Johnson

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management DeMonica, One website that really helped me get through automotive school was Go to the *under the hood* section. Don*t get discouraged either - electric is one of the hardest concepts to understand. Keep working at it and most likely, one day it will just *click* for you. Good luck. Suzanne

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