Pre-note. I did a search but did not find what I wanted. If anyone knows some good threads about the subject, then please direct me to them.
Hello, I am a current computer engineering student entering my second year, at the University of Toronto. If I had to do it again, I probably would have gone to a state school just because the average GPA's here in Massachusetts is slightly higher than it is in Toronto.
Now my marks were ass horrible. I understand that I did not manage my time well enough. I only started studying with a group of people near the last quarter of the school year.
I read an engineering book in the days before class started. I know you're supposed to manage your time, and sleep a lot, and ask your professors questions, and manage your time, and attend classes, and take extensive notes. I understand this, however most of the engineers at my school try really hard. Even the worse ones would get A's and maybe a few B's at my high school. How is it that there are certain people who do better than the rest of us?
I know that some of the students, the foreigners especially, study harder than me. I know that there are other students who are incredibly gifted. They get better grades than me. I understand that they absorb more knowledge and subsequently do better on the tests. But I don't understand what causes the non-gifted people who only work moderately hard to do extremely well on tests.
So I decided to take a look at my courses for this year: Skule Courses - SKULE
and I found this midterm exam from last year: http://courses.skule.ca/exams/custom/20099/ECE244_2009_ts_1260374480.pdf
Just taking a look at questions 1a, and 3a, I know that I once knew how to do those problems, however I've now forgotten how. Your advice to me would be simple: ask a teaching assistant during your weekly tutorial or through email (since the profs are always busy) how to do these problems in case the professor repeats the questions. This is simple.
I then reread my textbook and do the practice problems for a general understanding of the test, do a few more practice tests, and look over my notes for hints on what else might be on the test. During this week, my blood caffeine levels run dangerously high.
Is there anything else I can do to predict what else might be on the exam? I just don't feel like doing all of these things can guarantee that I even make the class average of C+.
Marks outside of tests are not generally difficult for me, only time consuming so I'm not concerned about these.
TL: DR, what are the tricks to studying for your engineering exams?