20 effective study tips and techniques for students of mathematics and engineering courses



Being an engineering or mathematics students can be very cumbersome and stressful due to lots of brain racking calculations that you will be encountering during your course of study but engineering and mathematics is very vital and important to the society that we cant do without it, it may be a bit complicated but when “the going gets tough the tough gets going” and thats why we will be offering twenty effective study tips for mathematics and engineering students to encourage and help them for the good work that they are doing to make the society a better place to live in.
Tip #1: Take good notes, and keep them all
after your classes are over.
Engineering textbooks can be dense, but
endure through the tedium. Do your reading –
all of it – and keep a highlighter and page
markers handy. After the class is over, keep
your most useful and well-written textbooks
as reference. Your notes, annotations, and
highlighting will be invaluable later on. You
may even want to keep a “Rules of Thumb”
notebook, allowing you quick access to your
most-used formulas.
Tip #2: Get to know your professors.
Develop a relationship with your professors so
you feel comfortable approaching them and
asking for help. Get to know one or two key
professors particularly well, and turn to them
for help with your homework, insight into the
industry, and even job or program references.
Tip #3: Ask questions, both in class and out.
Your professors want you to learn. But if the
only thing you ever ask is, “Will this be on the
test?” then you are not taking advantage of
their knowledge or willingness to help. Ask for
additional examples to clarify difficult
equations and concepts. More often than not,
your fellow students will thank you for
speaking up, and your professor will
appreciate your active investment in the
material.
Tip #4: Try to solve a problem before asking
for help.
No one wants to do your homework for you.
You’ll be more likely to get help if you’ve
already begun the effort. Even if you’re totally
lost, make a legitimate, prolonged effort to
solve a problem before asking for help. When
you do seek help, be prepared to discuss what
you tried already, and bring your scratch paper
showing your attempts.
Tip #5: Form a study group.
Working alone can get exasperating if you find
yourself stuck on a problem. Working with
others will not only introduce other viewpoints
to approaching a problem, it will also provide
encouragement and camaraderie in the face of
frustration.
Tip #6: Teach someone else.
One of the most effective ways of ensuring you
understand something is by explaining it to
someone else. Before you move past a subject,
make sure you not only answered the question
but also can replicate and explain the process.
Each new subject and concept will build on
the last, so don’t move on until you’ve
mastered each new idea.
Tip #7: Diversify your engineering classes.
Take classes in all sorts of engineering, even if
they are not your concentration.
Understanding not only the subject matter,
but also how other types of engineers
approach and solve problems, will lend insight
into your own field, from biomedical to
mechanical to chemical to environmental
engineering and beyond.
Tip #8: Take classes outside engineering,
particularly design classes.
The most successful engineers are insatiable
learners, so seek to broaden your skill set
generally. A design class can teach you how
to represent information visually and how to
talk about an idea from a big picture
perspective. A writing class can hone your
skills for communicating your ideas to others.
A business class can prepare you for
organizational tasks and leadership roles later
in your career.
Tip #9: Hone your communications skills,
including conversation, writing, and
presentation.
The best and most innovative ideas in the
world have no hope of growing past the
drawing board if you are unable to
communicate them effectively. And today,
most technical communication between team
members and leadership happens over email,
which is a form of writing. Learn to present an
argument simply and without agenda, and
always read your emails through once or twice
before sending.
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Tip #11: Build your portfolio.
Participate in as many hands-on projects as
possible, especially those outside the
classroom. Future employers look for both
coursework and relevant experience, and a
well-organized and articulate portfolio will be
invaluable during your job search. Your
practical project experience will also reinforce
the “in theory” knowledge you gain in class.
Tip #12: Get a summer internship.
One of the best portfolio buildings blocks is
the summer internship. Internships do more
than build your resume; they demonstrate to
potential employers that you can commit to a
long-term role and work as part of a team.
Tip #13: Build your network.
Do not wait until you need a job to start
building professional relationships. In addition
to getting to know your professors and peers,
attend extracurricular lectures, workshops, and
networking events, and get to know as many
people working or studying in your field as
possible. Take a genuine interest in the work
of others, ask lots of questions, and don’t be
afraid to seek guidance or advice from those
of advanced experience. They were once
neophyte engineers too!
Tip #14: Scour the resources of professional
engineering associations and companies.
Professional engineering associations, such as
the National Society of Professional Engineers,
are an invaluable resource for jobs, advice,
and networking. Identify organizations that
share your values and interests, and make as
many contacts as possible.
Tip #15: Skip the honors class.
In the engineering field, your GPA matters. If
you struggle in calculus, don’t kill yourself in
Honors Calc; take the easier class, learn the
material thoroughly, and take the higher
grade.
Tip #16: Learn when to lead and when to back
down.
Engineers often work in teams, and every team
has one or more leaders. You should feel
comfortable in both leading and following the
directions of others. Hone your leadership
skills and learn how to effectively influence
group decisions, but recognize when your
contribution should be to take orders and
follow direction.
Tip #17: Work on the problem before the team
meets.
The best results occur when a group discusses
ideas that have already been fleshed out by
individual members. Learn to do your own
work and self-motivate. Always arrive at the
team meeting with ideas in mind.
Tip #18: Be a perfectionist.
In the words of one engineer, “In the working
engineer world, a 99% correct product can
cost millions of dollars in damages.” Adopt
the mindset of practicing something until it is
perfect, as opposed to going as quickly as
possible and settling for a B. When your work
is 100%, even if it is slower, it is valuable.
Tip #19: Identify your inspiration.
What made you decide to study engineering?
Who do you look up to in your chosen field?
Learn about how individuals and companies
have sought and found success, and replicate
their behaviors.
Tip #20: Take heart and persevere.
Engineering is a difficult course of study for
everyone, no matter their IQ or test scores.
Frustration can lead to feeling like an
imposter. Every future engineer has struggled
through seemingly impossible problem sets,
cranky professors, and gut-wrenching exams.
In the face of inevitable small failures,
recognize that you are challenging yourself
like never before, and push on through the
difficult experiences.
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