Keep these tips in mind as you start your years in college. Here first hand from BME Sophomore Emily Chinn her experiences and how these pieces of advice helped her as a freshman.
Form a Study Group
I met one of my study buddies at my orientation session and the other I met because the three of us all lived in Birnkrant and had the same BME 101 and chemistry classes. It’s nice to know that if I don’t understand something either one of them will or we’ll work through it together if none of us understand it. It’s also nice that if I understand something and they don’t, then I have the opportunity to teach it. I’ve always found that teaching something helps you understand it better. More than anything it’s nice to know that I’m not going through this alone. Engineering can be hard, always rewarding, but it’s definitely a challenging major. But as challenging as it maybe, I have my study group to work with.
Turn off the Internet!
It helps me reduce distraction so I can focus whatever math/chemistry/physics problem is in front of me. It only works for things that I don’t need the internet for, but in my general math and science classes, most of my homework or practice tests are done by hand.
More than anything sample problems are what have helped me study. A lot of my classes will give out old midterms or sample midterms/midterm questions as a resource for students. For math and science classes, there’s nothing I’ve found that helps more. Sometimes you’ll see repeated questions, but a lot of the time the important thing is that you see a certain type of question at least once and know how to approach that problem, especially at the difficulty that midterms will have. They’re a great way to practice a test before you even take it.