10 Tips for Excelling in School

A few tips on how to get the most out of your engineering courses:

    1. Always take handwritten notes, either in a ringed notebook or on loose leaf stored in a three ringed binder.
    2. Draw illustrations and charts whenever you can.
    3. Make a note (highlighter, underline, etc) of anything you don’t understand.
    4. At the end of each day, re-type your notes so that you have an electronic copy.
    5. Take this opportunity to clarify anything you made note of previously that you didn’t understand.
    6. Link to any websites or online references that are of use for understanding.
    7. Make a note of any concepts you still don’t understand.
    8. Bring these to your professor during office hours to get clarification.
    9. 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.
    10. 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.

 

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