Being able to get into one of the top engineering schools in the Philippines is an honor itself, however, everyone knows it doesn’t end there. It’s a long, unpredictable ride that every other engineering student struggle through.
Regardless, it’s manageable.
As a student, you have to bear in mind that everything’s doable. You just have to give it your best shot to succeed in your chosen field. As they say, it’s all in the mind.
But how do you make things easier in engineering? Look no further, here’s a quick survival guide on engineering school that you’ll surely find useful. You just have to go through a few hoops and loops, and you’ll definitely ace these learning techniques.
#1. Play It Smart
As they say, the only way to succeed in school is to play it smart. You don’t have to read everything on the textbooks to pull off that major exam. Often times, you can use a few shortcuts, combos, techniques, and other alternative ways to make your way through it. But how do you play the game?
Set a specific As soon as you get your hands on your class syllabus, make sure to set a specific goal, maybe an 80-90 percent passing score on your minor and major exams? Then, try studying through the lessons even before your professors set a schedule for the exams. Studying on the night before the exam can be really exhausting, furthermore, this can burn you out in the actual day of exam. That’s not helpful.
Look for alternative resources. Not everything on your textbook can answer your problems, hence, it’s only important to make use of alternative resources aka the Internet. Don’t worry, even the best engineering experts Google their way out in particular problems that they encounter in the field. Or even use YouTube to understand a particular concept. More so, looking from previous or possible exams in the Internet can be helpful. You may just need to align them along with your course topics to make sure you’re not just working on a 50/50 reviewing material.
#2. Unleash Your Brain’s Potential
Engineering requires the best minds, those that won’t just get by – but those that can provide great solutions to problems. As professors say, “It’s not the answer, but the solution that matters.” Hence, it’s only important to unleash the power of your brain, and know what particular studying style can work best for you. Here’s a few simple tips to help you with:
Warm up. By warm ups, we don’t mean stretching or jogging a few laps at your school court, rather a few prep exercises on tomorrow’s next lesson which you can outline from your course syllabus. Scan through references in the Internet so you can have an idea of what the topic would be about and generate a few questions that you think may be confusing about the topic. This way, your brain will be able to adapt to the lecture the next day smoothly.
Make use of the reverse learning technique. Most engineering students are familiar of this technique, given that in engineering, they focus more on the pattern and details of the solution rather than the answer. Technically, reverse learning technique is working from the solution to the question and then to a set of related concepts that would simplify or further explain the problem.
This is an efficient way to understand the way a problem is being solved, and go around formulas that you can use to solve the problem. After all, a problem isn’t answerable with only one solution. Often times, there are other ways to get to the answer.
Test yourself early and often. One way to make sure that you are able to really learn a particular concept in engineering is to test yourself multiple times. This is so you’d learn beyond one solution, and make up another that would very much make the problem simpler for you.
You can start by using a problem from your workbook, and not to look for any answers. Focus on solving the problem until you are able to write an answer, then when you’re satisfied, look into the actual answer and verify.
It’s also best to perform the reverse learning technique while you’re at it. That way you’ll be able to fully adapt the technique in learning.
#3. Key Takeaway
While it is true that engineering is tough, it’s still manageable. This is especially if you know how to face every problem that you may encounter head on.
More so, once you have been able to fully harness your potentials with these two important studying techniques, rest assured that you can work your way through complex subject areas smoothly. All you need to do now is practice and patience, and you’re good to go.