2.1 Getting used to a Big University Environment

First Generation College Attendees
Community College Transfer Students

University Resources
Tutoring Resources
Library Resources
Career Services
Financial Aid

Links to ASU Resources

2.2. Developing an Academic Plan

1 Year Plan (Short term)
5 year Plan
10 year Plan
20 Year Plan

2.3 Course Selection

Planning Ahead - proper planning, not over doing it
Summer Classes - can be used to reduce your regular course load
Instructors - What to look for and be aware of
try to get them asap, borrow from library if you need to
reading ahead can make all the difference,
learn to READ strategically, detailed reading is important too!

Try to Understand the Big Picture
What is the class about?
What fundamental questions will be asked and answered?
What will I be able to do when I complete the class?
What subsequent classes will the class prepare me for?
How does this class relate to subsequent classes?
What won't I learn from the class?

2.4 Taking Courses

Health, Sleep, and Rest

if your not healthy and/or not well rested, you will have problems

Note Taking and Outlining - Crucial Skills to Develop and Nurture
Learn how to take notes
Outlining Lectures
Outlining What You Read

Study Tips
Outlining is Crucial
What are the main points?
What are the critical details?
What are the good illustrative examples?
What are potential exam questions?

Guaranteed 4.0 Learning System (Donna O. Johnson, Y.C. Chen)

Study Groups

2.5 Learning Styles

It is important that you assess what learning styles suit you best. You may not have ever thought about it. It is important that become aware of what suits you best and least.
· Visual (spatial) - prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
· Aural (auditory-musical) - prefer using sound and music.
· Verbal (linguistic) - prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
· Physical (kinesthetic) - prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
· Logical (mathematical) - prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
· Social (interpersonal) - prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
· Solitary (intrapersonal) - prefer to work alone and use self-study.

2.6 Additional Messages to Undergraduates

You need to think about
finding a mentor or two (don't just think about it, do it!)

senior design projects

undergraduate thesis

special research projects that you might be able to work on


graduate school

a possible MS thesis topic

what you want to do in the future!

2.7 Additional Messages to Graduate Students

You need to think about
finding a mentor or two (don't just think about it, do it!)
relevant internships
a precise formulation of your MS thesis topic
(if you are pursuing a thesis option)

preparing for MS comprehensive exam

what you want to do in the future!

2.8 Additional Messages to Working Professionals

You need to think about
What skills you need to assist you with your current work assignment
or a future work assignment

Is it necessary to pursue another degree? Is your organization pressuring you to pursue another degree? If so, will your other obligations afford you sufficient time for this activity?



Dr. Armando A. Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Professor of Electrical Engineering
ASU IEEE Student Branch Mentor
School of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering
Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering
Arizona State University

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Mailstop 875706
Tempe, AZ 85287-5706
Office: (480) 965-3712
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