TSA tips


General TSA Tips


TSA events can be difficult sometimes if you aren’t being pointed in the right direction. I’m not talking about the big rules and regulations you can find online. I’m talking about the tips and tricks of the trade that aren’t written down anywhere. That’s what I’m here to do. I’m here to give you a list of tips that you can use to help yourself or team get the gold!


1. Be Proactive

You do not want to be starting your architectural model or animatronic robot the night before regionals. Okay, that might be a bit of a stretch but the best way to succeed is to start early. You might think that you’ll be able to get everything done with plenty of time but there are always those other variables. Your computer might crash, and you lose all your files for your report. Or the materials you are using stop working, and you don’t have time to order new ones. If you give yourself enough time to sort out these hiccups, the 1st place trophy can still be yours!


2. Make a Timeline

If you are really into the events like OnDemand Video or Video Production, you know how important it is to have all your shots figured out before you shoot. This can also be applied to a lot of other events too. Making a timeline is the best way to help keep things organized and make sure they get done. Your timeline should consist of what need to be done, how you think the basic idea is going to go, and then when it should be done by. If you are working in a team, this can be great tool that will help keep everyone on the right track. The track of success!


3. Get Professional Help

A lot of the events that TSA offers have professions that do the same kinds of things in the real world. If you are doing Engineering Design, you could go talk to an engineer. If you are doing Architectural Renovation, an actual architect in the field will be able to immensely help you with all their knowledge. Sometimes a professional look at your project can make the difference and get you the gold.


4. Be Respectful to the Judges

This is a very important one. Say your speech or presentation wasn’t as good as you would’ve liked but still could be in the running for a Top Ten Place. If you go into the speech or presentation with a negative attitude, the judges are going to feel that and will subconsciously be tougher when judging you. On the other side, if you go in very cheery and confident, the judges will feel very positive about you. So always remember to shake the judges hand and thank them for their time. They are holding the key to get the gold.


5. Be Confident and Positive

Always keep this in mind when you are doing a project: there are times when things look hopeless when you can’t figure out your problem in Problem Solving or the question in Tech Bowl. Fear not! If you are confident in yourself that you will figure it out, then it will come! Always stay positive and you will get to your goal!

These are just a few tips I think are important for success in TSA. If you have any other tips you think are helpful, email me at treasurer [at] patsa.org (subject: TSA%20tips) , and I’ll be sure to put them into next article! Good luck beginning your new projects for the year!