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Unformatted text preview: 1 Schiavone: Engineering Success 1 The Keys to Success The most successful engineering students exhibit the following characteristics in their approach to study Characteristic Associated Behavior Commitment • Decide to be successful. Failure is not an option! • Set appropriate goals • Stay focused • Stay determined to succeed • Believe in yourself and your own abilities. You are college material, and you can do the work! • Remember: You are doing this for you and for no one else! Application • Apply yourself fully to attain your goals • Work hard – you cannot be successful without hard work! Strategy • Work smartly and efficiently • Maximize effectiveness • Learn the rules of the game and play accordingly Perseverance • Don’t give up after the first, second, or even third tries • Expect to get stuck at some point. Adversity is inherent in engineering study: it’s part of the process • Keep going, and work through your adversity • Stay focused on your goals • Use power thinking! Ingenuity increases with perseverance Associations • Associate with people that maintain a positive attitude; people that will help you attain your goals • Avoid underachievers and those who do not share your objectives Schiavone: Engineering Success 2 The Keys to Success Working Smart : The Rules of the Game & Before starting a course, be familiar with the prerequisite materials & Most engineering courses start from where the prerequisite course ended & If you are “fuzzy” on the prerequisite course material, spend some time reviewing & If in doubt, ask the course instructor & Make the most of lectures and classroom time. Lectures are used by the course instructor to… & ...highlight the most important material & ...demonstrate important problem solving techniques & Textbooks should be used as a supplement, and not a substitute, for classes & Write structured, clear solutions to all problems & A clear solution procedure makes it easier for you to identify errors & A clear solution procedure makes it easier for the course instructor to grant partial credit & Keep any problems you have completed available for later study. A compendium of detailed solutions facilitates exam review & Know the difference between a solution and an answer & Assignments indicate a required standard, and represent the most important portions of the course material & Practice solving problems, and ask if you need help. Forming study groups with other students may be helpful 2 Schiavone: Engineering Success 3 The Keys to Success Working Smart : The Rules of the Game (continued ) & Develop an effective examination technique & Simply knowing the material does not necessarily translate into success on examinations. You must specifically train and study towards each exam & Rehearse for each exam & Use old practice tests from previous semesters & Work in a quiet place, and try to avoid being interrupted & Time yourself, so that you will be working under the same constraints as will be present during the real exam...
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- Spring '09
- Control Engineering, Engineering Success, Schiavone