5 Ways to Nail Your Engineering Degree

By Jocelyn | Last modified 05 Oct 2022
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It comes as no surprise that engineering is one of the most popular courses at universities. 

Ranging from mechanical engineering to oil and gas engineering, many students may find this course intimidating because it pushes them both intellectually and physically: . 

One day you're in class solving questions with formulas, and the next you're out in the sun doing fieldwork. 

It may become tedious over time, but keep reading as we will share with you a couple of pointers that can help push you through your engineering degree.

Best ways to ace your engineering degree

1. Prepare ahead of time.

Avoid arriving unprepared to class. Instead, spend some time going over the materials before class so that you are not confused when the professor explains things to you. This step seldom takes more than 30 minutes to complete, and with so many materials to cover, this approach will surely save you a lot of time. 

Most importantly, read the title and chapter objectives, and identify any jargon you have never heard of before so it does not seem strange when you hear the same term again in the lecture. That being said, you should understand that it's fine if you don't comprehend everything. The most important thing is to be familiar with the concepts and any question can always be directed to your lecturer in class.

2. Be curious and ask questions - unapologetically.

Engineers are naturally curious, so don't be afraid to ask questions in class. Many students wait until the last minute before the test to clear their worries, which causes unnecessary stress and anxiety. If you're shy about raising your hand in class, talk to your lecturer after class. If anything, it will most likely be easier for you to understand their explanations than figuring things out on your own. 

Additionally, clearing your uncertainties will only make you more confident in asking questions in class. If that isn't enough, put what you've learnt into practice in real-life situations. If you are asked to do anything as basic as changing a light bulb, just do it because the experience you get will help your study.

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3. Pay attention in class.

One of the most effective ways to ace your degree is by paying close attention to your lecturer. It may look simple, but staying focused in class can be tricky nowadays with distractions from your mobile phones or even from your friend sitting next to you.

So, try to concentrate in class and take out your notebook to scribble down the important points. Listen for keywords and topics that may be useful to you when answering quizzes or assignments. Also, remember that the professor is there to help you, so if you don't understand something, reach out to them for additional guidance. 

4. Create your schedule of tasks to complete.

To succeed in an engineering degree, make your own schedule. Make a list of the tasks you must complete each day, and always allow yourself at least one day to review your work and correct any errors. Aside from that, the scattered one or two-hour free periods in between can also be used to complete your assignments so you can have enough time to wind down at night rather than ramping up for work.

Following your schedule is critical because it will not only keep you on track, but will also make you more punctual and help you build daily habits. Of course, there will be gaps, but persevere until you find your ideal timetable that balances everything, including your social life. You will gradually improve and become more prepared for anything that comes your way.

5. Join a study group.

Sometimes, when you complete your homework alone, you may get quickly disheartened if you are not able to answer several questions. This is why you should consider joining a study group. Study groups can be fun and motivating because there is a good amount of healthy pressure to keep everyone focused. 

Other than that, having a study group helps each member to stay committed to their studies as well as avoid procrastination. Even if they are unable to solve the problem, they can provide suggestions to you that may help in solving the problem. Keep in mind that a productive study group should only be three to four individuals, including yourself because more than that will be distracting.

There could be a thousand ways to earn an engineering degree with flying colours but it all comes down to your determination. You will not get anywhere if you do not prepare and take any initiative to move forward. As the expression goes, you reap what you sow, and your future self will thank you for all your efforts one day.

 

Written by: Benedict

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