An Engineering Student Survival Guide

Tips For An Engineering Student
Nick Voeks, College Freshman
Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove, IL

I thought that this piece of information was very useful for Engineering. You can work out the problems at hand and ask the instructor if you need help. I want to be a businessman like my father who sells computer parts and knows a ton about engineering. I want to follow in his foot steps. If I want to succeed in Engineering like my father, then these tips should and will work for me in the future.

How not to blow up a reactor!
Len Davisson, College Senior
Sierra College, Rocklin, California

An intimate paper suggesting several ways an engineering student might improve study habits, the suggestions and recommendations come from both the Myers-Briggs and Felder/Silverman indicator models. The author uses several common assumptions students have regarding learning styles that stem from a heavy dose of high-school fallacies, including the counter-intuitive learning methods encouraged by instructors and the confusion created when a student new to college encounters a situation where their own learning style is not represented.

Using an example from the text, a student might complain when it is no longer acceptable to simply memorize and repeat formulas, counting on the professor to know what is best for the student. This article counters that argument by informing the reader that after college, there are no resources available aside for the students own abilities - and where missing 1 out of 10 answers might get a student an 'A', designing ten reactors and having one blow up doesn't get the student a raise.

For advice, this article reiterates the need for properly run study-groups, and developing a willingness to locate answers and solutions to the task at hand from whatever resources the student can imagine, including the professor, other 'bright students', and resources within an over-wordy textbook.

In its summation, the article spells out several methods of learning that might have previously been lacking from the students radar, and compares the group study, textbook, and professional advice to what will most likely happen when the student leaves college and begins to work in the field.

this article will help engineering students to succeed
College Freshman
Austin Community College, Texas

I found this article very interesting because they put real situations that often happens to a engineering student, and they also adviae you what to do when you are confused in a math or physics problem.

They also tell you how to work in groups and how many people should be in that group. Because when there is a big study group ,there are persons who don't work because they see that other people are solving it for them.

This article also motivates you to help other people not to get stuck in their homework problems because when you help other people you also learn more about it.

Sage Words
College Senior
UAF, Fairbanks, AK

Overall, this site provides some very good advice for engineering students. It is in plain English which makes it easier to understand. Also, it takes a tough love approach to its presentation, which students at this point in their education need.

Though specifically geared towards engineering students, the information and advice given on this site can be extrapolated for use by any student. Would definitely recommend to a student for reference.

Learning is a Lifelong Endeavor
Gerry Grismore, Grad
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA

The article clearly notes that an engineering education can be viewed as a starting place. Don't expect to be "spoon fed" complete information, but recognize that you must continue to dig out more information. One's engineering experience will be a continual learning endeavor. Learn how to put the course information into a broader context. This way, you will be best prepared to develop new theories, practices and products throughout your career.

When in any class, most of your attention is directed to "passing the class". You must absorb all of the information delivered to you. In addition, however, it is necessary to put a context around the information so that you will be able to retain the most important points and further extend the concepts later in your professional life.

An honest and truthful account of Engineering School
Tom, Grad
University of Maryland, College Park, College Park, Maryland

Mr. Felder hits the nail on the head within the first 4 paragraphs. He's 100% correct about the reasons why most students don't succeed in their courses, despite having the capacity to excel.

I've seen this myself, while I was in college, as well as with the tutoring students I spend time with. As soon as you can take ownership for finding solutions yourself, and digging deep into the material, your whole academic world changes. It becomes about going deep on practice problems and projects, and coming out the other side with a hard-won practical understanding of the material.

Great article!

Amazing tips for students
Ahamed Barakath, College Sophomore
Sierra college, Grass Valley, CA

Such amazing tips for students! My favorite was how the student is responsible for making the subject clearer, whether looking up real life applications or examples of some sort.


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