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EGS 1001C Introduction to Engineering Succeeding in the Classro

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					  EGS 1001C Introduction to
                Engineering
Succeeding in the Classroom

  Professor: Dr. Miguel Alonso Jr.
Ice breaker!
   Pair up with someone you don't know and
    learn as much as you can about each other
    in five minutes
   Introduce your partner to the class
   Things to include
       Name
       Engineering Discipline
       Why they chose engineering.
Outline
   Introduction
   Attitude
   Goals
   Keys to Effectiveness
   Test-taking
   Making the Most of your Professor
   Learning Styles
   Well Rounded Equals Effective
   Effective Use of Time
   Accountability
   Overcoming Challenges
Introduction

   Important goal: succeed in all
    classes and get your degree!
   Depends on
       Individual student and his/her
        style, temperament and strengths
        of the student
   This section focuses on
    teaching strategies to help you
    succeed in your engineering
    career
Introduction
   Pg. 163 Passage
   Reluctant to try new things
   New environment, new study methods and
    techniques
   Expectation is different and require much more
    preparation outside of class
   Instructors are only a guide to the material
   Methods presented work, but are not set in stone
   Intended to be a starting point
Attitude
   Attitude is the first thing that must be controlled
    when tackling any challenge, including studying
    engineering
   Expect Success and try to dwell on the positives, not
    the opposite
   Approach everything with a positive attitude and tell
    yourself “I will do this” instead of “I’ll try to do this”
   Feel as if you have already accomplished the task
    and use that to fuel your drive
   Classes are opportunities to succeed, not to fail
Attitude

   If you encounter hurdles along the way, learn
    how to deal with them and overcome them
   Don’t sell yourself short by deciding that a
    certain class is to difficult -> many times this
    becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy
   You may or may not like certain professors
   Example 7.1 - Discuss
    Goals
   Setting clearly defined goals early on
    is a key to your success!
   If you don’t know what goals to set,
    research your careers a bit more in
    depth.
   Set attainable goals
   Once the goal is reached, set a
    “stretch goal” to push yourself to
    produce more
   Often seems unreachable, but is
    usually met!
Goals
   Set a time limit for the goals
   When will the goal be accomplished?
   Long-term goals
   Short-term goals
   Example, what do you want to do with your engineering
    degree?
   “Why am I doing this?”
   Short-term or intermediate goals should b e stepping
    stones
   Use academic breaks to refresh, and establish
    intermediate goals within a time frame
   Short-term goals should be rewarded to keep motivation
Goals
   Get into your groups
   Example 7.2 Class work
   Get into your groups and list personal goals and
    exchange them with group. Get feedback and then
    each group will present a power point in class.
   Long term, intermediate, and short-term goals with
    rewards
   Clearly define your goals and write them down. Look
    at them daily.
   Periodically examine your progress towards your
    long term goal.
   Resources, pg. 167
Keys to Effectiveness

   Once goals are set, the next step is to
    achieve them!
   Effort and effective, not necessarily
    intelligence are keys to success.
   Take two hours of study outside of class for
    each hour of lecture!
Keys

   Take time to study
   Go to class
       Read the assignments and focus more on parts
        that are covered in the lecture
       Early vs. Late classes
       If you miss…
       Could be a goal
Keys
   Make class effective
       Participate, ask questions if you don’t understand
       Can’t see or hear? Do something about it!
       Be proactive!
       Prepare for class prior to the lecture
   Keep up with the class as it goes along
       Take the time to learn the concepts
       Don’t wait until test day
   Take effective notes – Strategies on pg 169
Keys

   DO HOMEWORK!
       Work as many problems as possible
   Careful with solution manuals
   Group Study
       Select a good study spot
       Make it interesting
Test taking

   Tests are the main form of evaluation
       Prepare by:
           Studying the course material and working out previous
            tests
           Take practice tests (Ask professor for assembling a
            simulated test)
Test Taking Tips and Guidelines
   Come Prepared
     Extra pencils, paper, calculator (learn how to use it)
   Skim over the test
   Do easy problems first
   Keep track of time
   Goal is points
   Write down what you know and don’t leave questions blank
    (partial credit)
   Concentrate on problems that will produce the most points
   Leave time (if possible) for a final review at the end
   After the test, redo it!
Make the most out of your
professor

   Office hours
   Reasons to know your professor
       Experienced professional
       Job References
       Teaching the course
       Experts in their field and can help you understand
       Assign your grades ( if you work hard, and they know it, the
        may nudge you up if your are borderline)
       They know employers
       Scholarships
       Lab work
Learning Styles
   Our brain is constantly learning! Neurons are
    created even in old age or physical injury.
   Each person has a unique learning style, and
    you are never to old to learn something new
   Preferences worksheet
   Example 7.3
Homework
   Take a typical week in your life for this semester. Break it up into
    categories of attending class, studying, working, playing, eating,
    sleeping, physical activity, intellectual pursuits, emotional health,
    and other.
          your time spent on each area. Are you spending the time
     Total
     needed on your studies?
     Isthis the kind of schedule that will make you successful? If not,
     what will you change to make it better.?
   In your groups, prepare a power point presentation to be presented
    at the beginning of class highlighting each persons schedule and
    changes that can be made to make it more productive and ensure a
    successful semester.

				
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