This is a guest blog by Michael Turner
As focused as you may be as a student, this path to career satisfaction is also a challenging one. Get all the help you need to survive and thrive through your academic career with these tips while on the road to becoming a successful engineer.
Get the FE Book
As an aspiring engineering student, you will want to prepare properly for the NCEES exams. The Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) book will help you to do just that.
Primary engineering topics are addressed in this book, which includes some of the most common equations used in engineering. How these equations are used in systems is also well covered, giving you an edge when writing the exam.
Take Advantage of the Tutoring Center
Be proactive about your studies rather than procrastinating. Prepare questions in advance to ask your lecturer to gain a full understanding of a particular topic. Also, tutor sessions can assist you to finish coursework, like assignments ahead of time, to help you stay up to date with all the work you need to complete for each semester.
Get Involved in Study Groups
Talking with peers about coursework tends to give you reference points to understand and memorize concepts. By getting involved in one or more study groups, you gain additional benefits from discussions that help you to develop long-term memory. Long-term memory enhances understanding, instead of simply regurgitating concepts like a parrot.
Get a Head Start on Your Work
Register early for each semester by purchasing textbooks for one to two modules. Start studying during vacation time to get ahead of the workload and to get a better grasp on more difficult topics. As a survival technique, this is probably going to be one of the best you can use to relieve study pressures.
Supplement Your Learning
Do not be satisfied with lectures in isolation. Look for extra tuition on sites such as Coursera and others. Supplementing your learning with the experts will also give you an advantage in getting up to speed with tough subjects. You will also gain additional insights from online platforms that are not necessarily available in classes.
Master Your Calculator
Learning to use a calculator with advanced features can constitute a module all on its own. The quicker you master this process, the more likely you will be to support your studies. Also learn how to do equations manually if you are not allowed to use your calculator during exams.
Benefit From Lab Experience
It goes without saying that you are probably passionate about engineering. If this is truly the case, then spending time in the lab offers even greater benefits to supplement your coursework. Become absorbed in lab work and record all your results to support your learning curve while contributing your share as a committed team player.
View Failure in Perspective
If you do fail a course, then see it as an opportunity to do better next time rather than beating yourself up about it. Writing exams for the second time is always easier, and your knowledge retention will be greatly improved. Take failure in stride if this happens because it is just one small bump along the road to success.
Take Time Out To Relax
While using excellent time management tools to schedule your workload, it is also vital to take time out to relax. Your mental and emotional health promotes a positive outlook on your academic work, so make time to spend with friends and to have fun.
Taking an engineering course is ambitious and prepares you for a bright career path. On the road to success, it is critical to prepare in advance to ease your journey. Supplement your learning from a variety of sources. Take advantage of every opportunity offered to you. Take care of your mental health along the way to achieve balance, and always remember to have fun on this wonderful journey.
About the Author Michael Turner
Michael Turner worked in an engineering firm for almost a decade before switching over to a new career to fulfill his interest in the writing field. He now works as a senior thesis and dissertation writer for a very popular assignment writing service. When he’s not at work, he loves swimming, playing tennis, and reading novels and lifestyle magazines.
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To your success,
Anthony Fasano, PE, LEED AP
Engineering Management Institute
Author of Engineer Your Own Success