With midterm season in the air, I’m going to share one of the best tips I’ve received since freshman year: form a study group! Whether it’s math, science, chemical/biomedical/electrical/civil/mechanical/industrial systems etc. –really any class for any engineering, I’d say wading through homework and projects is much better with a few friends by your side. After all the saying goes “two heads are better than one,” so four or five heads must be even better!
I’ve had to take a few programming focused classes so far involving homework heavily emphasizing MATLAB and Mathematica skills. These programs are huge assets to completing problems efficiently; thus, I was a bit intimidated and nervous coming in for I had prior knowledge on any sort of coding. But I soon discovered that these worries were premeditated.
The class itself provides enough guidance and practice to adjust to coding language and by working with a group of friends, I am able to see mistakes I’ve made and realize that there’s multiple ways to approach the same problem. Sometimes talking through a problem helps me notice steps that I’ve missed or typos I’ve made. Homework also becomes more enjoyable when I can laugh with others about silly mistakes made too!