Engineering is a notoriously demanding field of study. In order to do well, you will need to learn how to prepare for semester exam in engineering, manage your overwhelming amount of coursework, build successful study habits and also schedule yourself during the semester exam.
Make a time table for studyCalculate the time left for examination and make a time table that consists of all the subjects/topics. Give proper breaks in between your preparation periods to avoid over exertion. Don't try to take more time for enjoyment & rest breaks.
Read your syllabus carefullyIt is very important to read your syllabus properly and very carefully. Try to read your syllabus chapter wise instead of random topics. Highlight important topics and Know ‘Easy section’ of the syllabus. This is the fantastic strategy that will help you score more marks in exams with less effort. One may find such easy sections using blueprints as well as referring previous years question papers. Analyze each subject using this way and arrive upon the easy sections. Make sure that you prepare them well at any cost.
Take advantage of your professor's office hoursDon't be afraid to connect with your professors and ask them questions. They want to help you learn. And they can give you extra hints on what to expect to see on the test. They always try to give you tips to crack your exams.
Try to make summary notesTry to make short notes, hints and formula's list rather a huge bundle of notes. This will optimize your time and will help in quick revisions. Use more diagrams, flowcharts and symbols rather textual content wherever possible, because diagrams, flowcharts and symbols make much quicker impressions in mind than written text, as result you will be able to memorize things quicker.
Skip time taking topicsTry to skip those topics which are taking more time to understand and have not very much weightage in the examination. Consider these topics at last, if you are left with some extra time.
Study with a group• Possibilities are, some of you will understand things that others don’t, and conversely. In a group, you can trade knowledge and help each other through things. It will also help you stay alert and focused. Discuss to other students in your class, fraternity, or sorority to form a study group.
• Meet in a silent, private place where your group can concentrate.
• Come prepared to your group meetings, with an idea of the topics that needs to be covered.
• Be an active participant by offering your knowledge. Teaching someone else how to work through a problem can concrete your own understanding.
Do as many practice problems as you can.• You can’t depend on memory for engineering and science exam. Repetition is key; how you work through problems in practice is how you will work through them on the test.
• Work through as many types of examples as you can to make sure that you can use your knowledge to multiple situations} and variations. You can rework assigned homework problems or look for additional problems in your text book.
• Evaluate each problem to figure out what kind it is: general derivation, straight calculation, or design problem.
• Determine exactly what formulas you require for each problem.
• Engineering problems are likely to have multiple parts. If you get stuck on one, identify and solve for any section you do know.
• Always double check your math, including the numbers you’re working with and any units of measurement.
Make a Revision Plan• Create a Revision Timetable
• You should start revising at least five or six weeks before your exams are due to start. Do be practical about the goals you set in the time you have available and remember you need to allow breaks now and then.
• Balance your subjects
• Allocate topics to days, and make sure you have enough time for everything you want to revise. Balance the time you have available between your various courses. Do not neglect courses you find particularly easy or difficult.
• Identify key topics
• Past examination papers
• Arrange your revision material
• You will have lecture notes and seminar class notes, your own notes from books and journals, essays with your tutor's feedback, handouts and other photocopies and references. You will also need textbooks, past exam papers etc. Arrange to have everything you need well in advance