Engineering students tips

Apply before you go.

Eyo all, first post but been around for a while. Just got back from my school's career fair. I went in already knowing a few posted internship positions for each company that I was particularly interested in (and the smaller companies seemed really happy about that), but all the bigger companies wanted to know was whether I'd applied yet. They tended to brush me off a bit when I said not yet, sooooo... yeah.Learn from my mistake! If there's a place you really want to work for, or a position you'd really like, apply for it before you see them at the career fair. They'll be forced to tell you something other than "apply online" too ;)

Before Dropping $15 for Chegg, Check has worked out solutions for every problem in a lot of different textbooks. Try it out and thank me later.

Know Your Calculator.

This might be obvious to some, but I think a lot of us neglect what our calculators can do. Spend a half hour a day learning new tricks to put that thing to use. Today I taught myself how to interpolate on my TI-84, and its beautiful. SO MUCH TIME SAVED.

Before Dropping $15 for Chegg, Check First.

Now that the Chegg mafia has taken out textsheet and litanswers and if you're still looking for free textbook solutions you might want to check out Slader. They now have a larger number of engineering books. They don't seem to have everything, but it beats having to pay. I used to use them for Calc back in the day, but just now realized they have my electric circuits book and I'm pretty shocked how spot on it is ( Their Physics also looks pretty legit too: Just sayin'

Really get to know your professors.

This might be kind of obvious, but if you're struggling with finding internships and the like, really get to know your professors and develop a good student relationship with them. They are truly invaluable with connections and can help you find opportunities you might not have even thought of or were even considering. I finally managed to get to know a professor I liked this quarter, and out of the blue, he encouraged me to look into working with him next summer for an internship - bypassing any blanket online application process and all that headache. I don't know who this will help, but seriously, if you like a professor and his style, or even if you don't like him/her, get them to like you. You never know how they can help you out and save you the headache of applying to dozens of internships only to get no reply.

Make time to relax

Doing well in school isn’t about getting good grades and outperforming your classmates. It’s about leading a balanced life that’s focused on contributing to others. To lead a balanced life, it’s important to set aside time for relaxation. Block out time for relaxation in your weekly schedule to ensure that you don’t burn out.

Make academics a focus in your life.

Studying takes time and effort. Get organized, ask for help and put forth effort aimed at improving your study habits now. The lessons taught in middle school are building blocks for high school and college. Starting good study habits now will help you later in life. It does take more effort to study and to become organized; however, academic success will make you feel good about yourself and your parents smile.

If you are struggling, ask for help.

Start by talking to the teacher. The guidance counselor generally has a list of tutors in the area. Some high school students need to complete community service hours to be in clubs or in honor societies. You may be able to get a free tutor.

Talk about assignments with friends.

Discussing assignments with friends is another great way to study. This is very helpful when studying for novel tests. Friendly discussions about books help deepen understanding.