At the university level, instructors will not always tell you everything that you need to do to succeed. One of the challenges of a college course is discovering what the expectations for you really are.
Thriving at the college level
The workshops, study space, and other resources at the Engineering Academic Center (EAC) are key to academic preparation.
Collaborative study required
Talking about the benefits of group study is easy. When you study with others, you reduce your chances of “getting stuck,” you reduce your chances of making mistakes, you get to see how other people solve problems, and you find out “where you stand” — how you are doing in the class compared to others.
Yes, talking about studying and working in groups is easy. Actually finding or forming a study group is not always so simple. But, even if you are a shy person, you should find a way to regularly meet with other students to discuss course material and work on problems.
Studying engineering is a full-time job (with overtime)
The amount of time required each week to thrive academically will not be the same for every student, nor will it be constant from quarter to quarter. But, in general, plan to spend 2-3 hours outside of class studying and doing homework for each hour spent in class each week. For a full-time student attending classes about 15 hours each week, this means 30-45 hours outside of class on school work. If we add all of that time together, the range is 45-60 hours per week dedicated to academics. The math is simple. And the result means that if you plan to perform well in your courses, you will need to organize your life around your studies.
Academic support programs
Two student programs provide academic support for all students, with emphasis on encouraging minorities and women to pursue engineering studies and careers. Study Centers, course co-enrollment, learning facilitators, and academic Workshops & Seminars are open to all students. Additional support is available to members of MSEP, WiSE, and STARS. See their pages for information about their programs. Again, anyone can join these programs:
- Minority Scholars Engineering Program (MSEP)
- Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)
- STate Academic RedShirt (STARS)
Engineering student computer lab
For pre-engineering students (but open to all engineering majors), the lab has 36 workstations in the main room, plus 3 small rooms for groups of 4 students to work collaboratively around one computer with a 46" monitor.
Location: Wilcox Hall, room 73
Hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday
Available for classes to reserve between 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Monday through Friday
To reserve: firstname.lastname@example.org