Making the transition academically from high school to college requires students to realize that there are greater academic expectations at the college level. Students in engineering often have to alter the amount of time they spend studying and the way they study in order to be academically successful. The key to academic success in college is to learn and select new study strategies appropriate for the academic task, monitor your academic progress, and evaluate your learning process.
• Go to class and take notes.
• Make sure you label example problems, equations, theories etc.
• Be sure to write down any explanatory remarks your professor makes about a problem (i.e. how do you get from one step to another or why a particular method was used with which particular conditions).
• After class, read over your notes and either condense (humanities/social science classes) or expand (engineering classes) your notes in the left hand column of the paper.