A few tips on how to get the most out of your engineering courses:
- Always take handwritten notes, either in a ringed notebook or on loose leaf stored in a three ringed binder.
- Draw illustrations and charts whenever you can.
- Make a note (highlighter, underline, etc) of anything you don’t understand.
- At the end of each day, re-type your notes so that you have an electronic copy.
- Take this opportunity to clarify anything you made note of previously that you didn’t understand.
- Link to any websites or online references that are of use for understanding.
- Make a note of any concepts you still don’t understand.
- Bring these to your professor during office hours to get clarification.
- Even if you don’t need to go to office hours, always make a habit of going once and a while so that professors get to know you. If you apply to graduate school, you’ll need some professors to use as references, and the more options you have, the better.
- During class, or labs, don’t be shy to take pictures of concepts or instruments/experiments, so that you can use these as references later. You can add these to your electronic notes.