It’s natural to feel overwhelmed with BTech, especially during the first semester. You may have to put in extra time to understand a concept than you did at school. It’s okay to do this since you are just learning the basics and have joined a college! There’s no need to worry about this; you will find the right way to study with time. If you are still trying to keep up with the pace, here are a few ways to try it out initially, which you can adapt to your style later!
Navigating the Academic Shift: From Textbooks to Technical Manuals
Understand a Concept Thoroughly: You need to understand a concept fully to apply the theory practically. So, grasp the theory first and keep reading until there are no doubts regarding a topic.
Translate to your Language: BTech will have several technical terms, no matter what your stream is. If you feel this is too much, break those into multiple terms according to your understanding. With time, you will pick it up!
Learn Actively: Your school textbooks will have various stick notes and highlighted paragraphs, so you can easily understand what’s in a chapter. These may also help identify the critical information chunks. Follow this method for BTech learning, too. Find the best way possible to understand a complex subject.
Don’t Hesitate to Ask Questions: No one’s here to judge you, to clear doubts. Always be frank to ask challenging questions with professors if you need help understanding something.
Here are a few more Tips:
- Utilise online resources: Online platforms offer explanations and interactive learning tools. Use these to your advantage.
- Don’t be afraid to experiment: Try different learning methods and find what works best for you.
- Maintain a healthy balance: Take breaks, prioritise sleep, and do things you enjoy. Always study with a fresh mind. A stressed-up mind will not allow you to focus!
Adapting to a Different Learning Style in BTech
You need to change your learning style since BTech is primarily based on applications and practical sessions more than theory. So, here are a few tips to help you ace the course:
Identify your Strengths:
Identify what kind of a learner you are. Whether visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. You may use charts or animations for the first kind, videos, and audio to help for the second lot and connect your theories with real-life applications for the last set. Knowing this lets you easily figure out an excellent way to cover all the papers.
Exploit the Resources:
Thousands of printed, audio, eBooks, YouTube videos, and other sources appeal to your visual, auditory, or kinesthetic needs. Use any of these methods, or involve yourself in group studies, where your understanding is better.
You might always have a friend or classmate who can understand a few concepts better than you do. Feel free to discuss complex abstract theories or clear doubts. Form a group with four to five members and learn to improve your understanding together.
Try Different Methods:
As mentioned, you can only understand some concepts through theories or applications. If you need help understanding any idea the way you are meant to learn, be wise to refer to online materials to clear your doubts!
Remember that your goal is to understand the foundation for an excellent future career. So, don’t be frustrated if you struggle to grasp a concept today. There’s always time to get better and ace it the next day! Also, if you ever feel stuck, you can always seek help from mentors, professors, or friends. Be inspired to adapt to new learning techniques if you must be more varied with your current strategy!
MIT-WPU has all kinds of resources for you to understand basic and advanced engineering concepts better. You can visit our library or get access to online materials to study for your semesters. This is just the beginning, and you will realise that you will learn how to improve your learning methods with time!
What are the most significant differences between school and BTech life?
You should understand every concept since BTech is essentially an application-oriented course. So, keep this in mind before you try to remember a concept. Keep looking for resources online and offline to understand better.
What advice would you give to future BTech students?
Relax, take breaks whenever necessary, and indulge in your hobbies. Taking some time off from studying will help you feel good about yourself and study better than before!