Keep in mind the mobs themselves don't give xp, the missions do. So just do "main" missions, repeatable exploration and defend missions, maybe even a bit of PvP, and it shouldn't be too bad.
Not strictly true, you do get a few Skillpoints for killing an enemy ship, (or squadron for smaller vessels) but realisticaly it's useless unless you're only 2 or 3 points from your next spendable amount.
So I logged into STO prepared for it's differences from other MMO's, but knowing there would be some similarities... Well i am having trouble, cause so far it feels very new and different... which is a good thing in my mind, but my old MMO thoughts seem to not apply mostly.
You might find the Character Basics link in my sig to be useful (and the Skills: The Numbers article once you've read that).
good to hear. Makes me feel a bit better about the slow going. I am pretty sure I am still doing something wrong or inefficiently but at only Lt3... Whatever! I will learn.
So is there anyway to maximize points on a mission? Can i do more to end with more XP? or is it always the same reward no matter how good or badly you do? (aside from PVP ofcourse)
I may have missed someone saying so, but i'd say do the story episodes. They seem to level me the quickest and are more varied. I tend to do whatever quest pops up for me, and leveling pretty quickly. I don't do the fleet actions often, once or twice really, and explorations as i want gear for my ship after getting a new one. I do the patrol ones too, but those are more repetitive, good xp from what it seemed like though.
Don't take the same way of "grinding mobs" though, that's not a good way here.
I'm actually finding the leveling to be a bit slower after hitting Lt.Cmdr. I've taken every mission I can, even doing fleet actions and exploration missions. Sticking with the story missions has netted me some nice rewards but it has taken me two days, playing roughly four hours each day, to go from Lt Cmdr 5 to 6. Apparently I still have a lot to learn as I'm sure I'm doing something wrong. Maybe I need to stop clinging to my original BO's and get some better ones to make the tougher fights go a bit more smoothly.