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9 Important Tips for First-Year Engineering Students

You must have heard that after the 12th your trouble ends. It’s a legend. After 12, the real fight begins because you are preparing for employment. You need to acquire professionalism and knowledge for your career. When you go to school after school, your life is a big change. Students mostly feel liberty. But if you are not properly guided, you are going to end up choosing the wrong lifestyle that will harm your future education and career. Here I will discuss 10 key tips for students in first-year engineering.

Here’s a list of tips and errors for first-year engineering students that you should avoid.

  1. Know your ground: You will first taste freedom after school when you start education in your dream engineering college. You must therefore make good use of your freedom. Misusing your present valuables can lead you to an unexpected reality.
  2. Focus on the study: you need to have a good score in all semesters. So, start working on your study from day one. I’m not asking about scoring 90% or 95% but at least you should score 65% above for the entire course curriculum. Most of the first-year students don’t take this seriously and think they will manage in the last semester. But when they will realise then that will be too late for them for emendation.
  3. Involve yourself in activities: this is the true time to explore your passion. So, you need to participate in the various activities which your college organises. That will also help in building multiple skills set for the benefits of your professional career. This way you will also realise your core area of interest and can start working on it for your career.
  4. Make your basic strong: Most of the students do not concentrate on the fundamental science required at all levels of technology. You have to have a stronghold on the basic sciences of mathematics, physics and chemical studies as an engineering student. Students tend to avoid fundamental classes of science that many of the subjects they have read at 10+2 levels already. It’s never a bad idea to polish your knowledge. Ignoring these classes will only damage your basic engineering skills.
  5. Make a good relationship with professors and faculty members: try to be attentive in class and focus on a study that will help you to catch the attention of your teachers. This relationship is long-lasting. They will help you and guide you throughout your academics and for your career as well.
  6. Create connection: Most importantly, the connection of qualified professionals required to have good work. You can make digital connections using a variety of professional social media tools or get mentors’ information during your industry visits. Try to list the leaders who have already come to your campus for lectures, guidance or other activities. This helps you to build a good connection. You’ll be helped to build a good professional network.
  7. Make a good portfolio: as a student, a good portfolio will always open up the door for a better opportunity. Take active participation in project works. Do as many projects as you can do and enlist each of them to create an attractive and professional portfolio of your work. A good portfolio of work will ensure your talent, dedication, knowledge, teamwork and many more.
  8. Think beyond your curriculum: be enthusiastic and curious about different scopes of engineering. A school has a structured curriculum. Making changes every year is difficult. Try to update yourself with new technology and topics related to core subjects. Open yourself to every opportunity of learning.
  9. Maintain good health: being an engineering student is never so easy. Projects, seminars, assignments, study, activities everything will make you feel stressed. This stage is very harmful to students. So how do you cope with it all? Following a schedule will always help your academics as well as your daily routine. This schedule will keep you on track and maintain your health.

On a special note, here are some points for ‘what to do and to avoid keeping good health during engineering study?’

  • You should not skip your meals
  • Avoid junk foods
  • Avoid laziness Play or exercise for 30 minutes daily
  • Medicate in the morning to get a stress free start
  • You need to maintain 6 to 8 hours of sleeping time
  • Follow your schedule properly
  • Avoid wasting time on social media rather use them to build your professional connections.

Dr. G. Indumathi

Principal, Cambridge Institute of Technology

  • Ph.D. completed during 2012, Dr. M.G.R University Chennai
  • M.Tech Industrial Electronics from SJCE Mysore under VTU in the year 2003
  • B.E. Electronics and Communication , SJCE Mysore , Mysore University in the year 1987

Hope you are all safe and healthy during this unprecedented pandemic situation, and you continue to take care of yourselves and those around you. It is imperative that all of us continue to follow the necessary protocols as per the directives of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

It is a great privilege and my pleasure to welcome you to Cambridge Institute of Technology (CIT), an Institution wherein the pursuit of academic excellence is a way of life. CIT strives to provide a holistic educational experience to students to develop them into globally competent engineering and management professionals who are grounded in moral and ethical values. The entire team at CIT is committed to fostering a world class learning environment which empowers our students to become socially responsible global citizens, who are consciously aware of their roles and responsibilities to successfully overcome the grand challenges of our era.

CIT has embarked upon a transformative journey to reach greater heights and I welcome you to join us in this exciting endeavour. Let us all work together to create a sustainable future.