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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
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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
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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
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This note was uploaded on 06/12/2011 for the course EGN 3000 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '09 term at University of South Florida - Tampa.

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