Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Academic support

A new way of learning


For many of you, going to lectures with 50, 100 or sometimes even more students will be a new experience and you will need to develop some new habits to optimise your learning.

You won't get the same attention in a lecture that you might be used to in a classroom. You're probably also unfamiliar with tutorials, labs and clinics but they can all help you succeed in your courses if you make the most of them.

Here are some useful tips to help you study smarter if you're unfamiliar with lecture-style teaching and learning.

1. Understand your lecturer's teaching style.
Will they give you handouts? Will you need to take lots of notes? Is their presentation material available on CECIL? If your lecturers don't tell you this in your first lecture then ask them afterwards.

2. Get familiar with CECIL.
This is where many of your course co-ordinators, lecturers and tutors post useful information such as information about books and resources you'll need, announcements about test times/locations and copies of old tests/exams that you can practice on. Use your NetID/UPI and NetAccount password to log in to CECIL.

3. Don't use your laptop during lectures.
It's very easy for you to get distracted and not actively listen and the sound of your typing can be very distracting to other people.

4. Organise your lecture notes.
You can do this during the lecture by using different coloured highlighters on important points in your handouts, or to mark areas that you don't understand. After your lecture, go through your lecture notes as soon as possible to make sure you aren't missing any information and talk to your classmates, lecturer or tutor to fil in the blanks.

5. Participate in your tutorials.
Lectures are usually where you LEARN concepts, ideas and methods. Tutorials are where you USE those concepts, ideas and methods. Your exam will test your ability to USE what you've learned so don't just go to your tutorials, participate in them! A lot of tutorials work through past test and/or exam questions so this is a great opportunity for you to get some quick one-on-one help from a tutor if you're struggling with a particular concept or problem.

6. Use your lecturer's office hours.
Each lecturer will have office hours where any of their students can approach them for help with the material covered in the lectures. Make sure you know when and where your lecturer's office hours are and use them if you're struggling to understand anything covered in your lectures.


Study groups


When you just don't feel like studying, a study group can give you the encouragement and motivation you need, as well as providing you with a smaller and less intimidating environment if you're reluctant to ask questions in class lectures.

You can compare notes, share study habits and openly discuss ideas and concepts to add an extra dimension to studying, often leading to an improvement in your own understanding and memory.

Best of all, interacting with other people can make studying more enjoyable and less boring.

If you need help forming a study group with other women in your class, please contact theWomen in Engineering Equity Adviser.


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Thank you to all the students who attended the Women in Engineering presentation series for 2011. If you missed out on any of the presentations and want more information, please contact the Women in Engineering Equity Adviser.

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Need more help?

If you need more help, want information on getting one-on-one tutoring from a high-achieving woman Engineering student or just have questions about what academic support the Faculty of Engineering can give you, then come and see the Women in Engineering Equity Adviser.