Studying Engineering at University: Everything You Need to Know

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MEMORY—
HARD-WIRING
YOUR KNOWLEDGE

The most common study problem for engineering students is dealing with the workload. You will feel you have a mountain of things to remember. You have many formulae, lists and tables to learn, but you can't begin to study because you're working through so many examples and tutorial sheets.

There are ways around these problems. In Chapter 2, we talked about active learning. Here we'll demonstrate how to apply active learning to specific study material.

Why are we discussing study and memory at this early stage—don't exams happen at the end of semester? Consolidating knowledge into memory takes time. The sooner you start, the better your results will be.

Many first year engineering students feel overloaded with work and a little confused. Partly that's because of the amount of material, the quick pace of delivery, the large class sizes and the lack of individual supervision. However, you will make progress as long as you are flexible about your study strategies. For example, perhaps you did well at school by putting in long hours going

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