During their engineering studies, students get engrossed in a caboodle of assignments, projects, exams, and more. To seamlessly glide through the tense phase, students must master the art of studying. Students often look up ways to study enough to “pass” their engineering examinations.
Sometimes, students study too hard but not get the result they desired. The secret of preparing for exams isn’t limited to studying hard, there is more to it. True education isn’t about scoring grades but also about understanding how to learn.
Here, I compile a few effective ways that students can apply while preparing for their engineering examinations.
Prepare Your Ground Rules
Before preparing for the examinations, students need to set some basic ground rules; such as plotting a study game-plan – sketching a study plan that includes creating a daily schedule of tasks, to-do list (sort out what is important), and lists of the books you need to read.
As you follow this plan and study you can cut down many extra-hours that you would have invested to study. Further, it will also direct you towards what is important.
Gather your class notes. If you don’t have one, then borrow from your friend and duplicate (xerox) it. Reading with rough notes and a textbook will help you to identify the important points and better understand the topic.
Strengthen Your Basics
The overwhelming engineering syllabus makes students skip and skim textbook chapters and jump to the end resulting in poor knowledge of subject roots. Gaining the basics of the subject pertains to the acquisition of fundamentals upon which more complex applications rely.
Engineering undergraduates generally overlook on the elementary roots of the subject and go over complicated topics and struggle to apply the ground principles.
Students need to strengthen their subject basics to become proficient in their engineering and to perform well in their exams.
Don’t Cram But Understand
One of the most common mistakes engineering students make is that they rote learn. Cramming through a subject can sail you through the examinations; however, it won’t help beyond that. Students need to make a habit of understanding a subject while memorising it.
Engineering curriculum has practical exams as well. Students who are used to memorising a subject without understanding it first will find it difficult to apply their newly acquired knowledge in the laboratory. Undergraduates should focus on understanding the subject and replicating their understanding through application.
By practising these three tricks, engineering students can not only glide through their examinations but also gain lucrative career opportunities. In the ocean of engineers, it is up to you if you want to become an engineer with substance or want to get lost among other water droplets and waves.