Archive for August 2017

How To Clear Backlogs, Easily :

What is the bane of an average engineering student?

Backlogs!!

In engineering terms, backlog is simply an unfulfilled or incomplete project/paper, or even failed courses that had not been cleared. Backlogs as stated before can be really frustrating and demoralizing for engg students, for several reasons – backlogs do look quite ugly on a transcript. It symbolizes modules which the student had withdrawn from, and might also create complications during placements – as backlogs signify immaturity.

So today we will be sharing a few tips on how to bounce back from a backlog :

Prioritize : Now that you have ended up with backlogs, you know which papers/modules are troublesome. Time to prioritize these modules over everything else.

Consult Friends : If you have friends or classmates who have cleared these modules with good marks, then consult them – they will be able to teach you better and help you clear your concepts.

Utilize Office Hour : A good way to clear backlogs and also ace these papers will be to directly contact the professors in whose papers you got a backlog in. They will suggest you how to handle coursework better, and how even to get better marks. The profs will be the ones that check your papers, so getting their advice will be a good thing to do.

Consult Previous Years Question Papers : This will be a good way to trace patterns and you will be able to gauge what type of questions can be asked of you.

Believe it or not, at end of the day, backlogs are in themselves not impediments to your ultimate success. It only signifies where you went wrong, and how you can improve.

 

How To Survive Engineering : Edition II

This is a continuation of our earlier topic – on how to survive in engineering against all odds. Engineering can be divine or brutal – depending on which type of student you are. Some of you have enrolled in engineering because you genuinely have a passion for engineering – how the machines work etc. Some of you are here because your parents/peers/family expectations .

 

Whatever the cause may be,  moot point is that you have ended up at engineering college – and what you will accomplish later in life, depends much on how you utilize your opportunities at your college. Engineering is a fairly gruelling subject that depending on your natural aptitude and regimen – will yield commensurate scores.

 

Generally though, engineering is a pretty scoring subject. If you put an effort, then you will be scoring good marks. We will be sharing a few tips as to how you can sail through college – make it through college easily – and score good marks, without having to sacrifice yourself.

 

Try To Function Without A Calculator : Engineering is a part of STEM degrees. In fact – the E stands for the word Engineering. So undoubtedly – a lot of maths will be involved – and you need to brush up your math theories. Not doing so will lead to you struggling taking notes at class as well as projects where you will be dealing with advanced maths.

 

Find The Right Friends : If you want to succeed at college – then finding right friends and associates will go a long way. Choose friends wisely – generally it’s better to choose those who are good, regular students – who can help you out if you are struggling with a project, with whom you can revise , and who can motivate you when you are feeling lazy.  Stay away from unmotivated people in general – they can be fun to hang out with, but will drag your performance down – as lack of motivation can be contagious.

 

Skim Through The Material Before Class : Please skim through the given material before coming to class. You don’t have to know everything by heart – but going through the prescribed topic which will be covered in class the following day, will give you an idea of the concepts, what you can expect from the class. This way you won’t be in complete loss when the class begins and will be able to follow your professor more clearly.

 

L for Lab : As an engineering student you will be doing quite a few lab projects – so get familiar with lab equipment at times. Also try and strike up a cordial relationship with the lab assistant. They will be the one that will help you with lab projects.

 

C for Club : A good way to build up your profile whilst in college is to join in good clubs – like drama clubs, film clubs, debate societies etc. This will help you have fun in a constructive way, and also develope your profile nicely.
T for Tech Fest : Participate in tech fests as much as possible. Tech fests will be a good way to showcase your innovations. Any awards you fetch will also add to your CV.

How To Code Like A Ninja

 

Are you finding yourself doing rather slow on the coding front? Are you depressed on your coding speed? Then read on…
H For Hardware : Believe it or not inherent coding skills is not the only factor in determining your coding speed. Choosing an appropriate hardware is very necessary if you are seeking to upgrade your coding speed. Check if you have a good, functional computer with all parts intact and efficient. You can ensure – if your computer has a multi monitor, and HD Monitors. Quality hardware is important – as it will enable you to have a good overview over things like debugger, UI, browser, stack overflow, spotify etc.

T for Tools : Working with sub par tools can seriously hurt your coding skills. Get a good Integrated Development Environment as soon as possible. Other good tools you can consider are – ATOM, Visual Studio Code, Psycharm etc.

Go back to Basics : You might want to admit that your CS basics has been getting a bit rusty. In that case time to hit the books and clear up your basics – data structures, algorithms, design patterns, maths etc.

Think like an Architect : Don’t just think in abstracts . Try to apply them to solve real world business problems!

How to Master Basics of Electrical Engineering

Want to study Electrical Engineering? Then these are the courses you should pay extra focus on!

 

Proficiency in mathematics : All said and done, engineering is a hardcore STEM subject, and some basic level of proficiency in maths is expected. Let’s put it this way – if you struggle at integration chapters – you will be in a soup when you are introduced to transform calculus( Fourier and laplace Transform) – in turn you will also struggle with circuit theory, control systems and signal processing. If you are not adept at linear algebra, you will be at a complete loss at papers like power system analysis, state space model etc. So polish your maths basics everyday.

 

P for Physics : That’s right! Even if you have no intention to major in Physics, in fact despise Physics to the bone – still you have to put an effort in clearing your Physics basics! Having a good understanding of Physics theories is necessary if you want to excel at electron devices. If you are an ECE student ( electronics & communications engg) you are expected to have a deep understanding of concepts such as Maxwell’s Equations – a Physics concept. In order to understand electrical mechanics you need to have a form grasp on topics like Rotational Mechanics and Electromagnetics.

 

Basics of CS : Even though you need not have mastery in CS – do learn how to code. EE graduates who have good knowledge about programming languages like MATLAB  simulations and SPICE simulations are very likely to get better paying jobs.

 

So now that you know how important brushing up your Math basics is, hit the Maths book ASAP!!