What resources did you use to succeed in your studies while at Purdue?
Brandon Puccio -AAE Graduate: To remain successful at Purdue, I always used office hours. It is one thing to do the homework and get a correct answer, it is another to understand the work and gain knowledge from the problems. I used office hours even when I thought I could do the problems myself. The TAs and Professors were always helpful and willing to explain a problem to me. I also think that attending classes and any supplemental instruction helped me a lot. I can’t be expected to remember the material If I never went to class and learned it. Another method I used was to review for exams every day. Each lesson that I had, I would review the main concepts and ensure that I understand them. This helped me feel less overwhelmed when a test came up. I felt like I studied already. I never felt unprepared. One thing I never did is sacrifice a chance to learn. I tried to finish my work and understand the material before I stopped learning. A good understanding of the knowledge will help you recall it later and do better on tests and when you need the knowledge in your career.
Siddharth Chhabra-IE Graduate: I leveraged the help of my professors during office hours to understand various concepts. I also participated in peer-to-peer discussion and study groups to reinforce others.
Xianzhe Zhou-ECE Graduate: The key to my academic success at Purdue really came down to understanding the course materials. Remember, there are no stupid questions. There are many people whom you can ask your question, such as your teammates, your teaching assistants, and your professors. There also are many online resources where you can find relevant information. Once you understand one course, try to connect the dots to previous courses. By doing so, you would have a better understanding of the whole field.
Niharika Chaubey -Chem. E Graduate: I honestly studied a lot alone, but I did utilize office hours whenever needed. I never employed professional tutors, but did work in groups whenever something was harder than usual to finish.
Sajit Chitty – IE graduate: Purdue has always had a wide variety of resources available to its students. For example one of my favorite resources, which also happens to be available to the public, and not just to students, is the Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL). Irrespective of your major, it is imperative for students to be well versed in the different methods, styles and formats of both technical and non-technical writing. I have used this resource from writing English papers to writing engineering project reports: the complete gamut. Another resource that proved to be an immense help were the Teaching Assistant(s) office hours. I would make it a point to attend TA hours, especially if I had already spent time on new material and found some of the concepts difficult to grasp. Since the Teaching Assistants are also students who had recently and successfully completed the respective courses, it was easier for them relate to difficult areas. However, this does not mean that Professors’ office hours were not equally helpful. In some of my courses, I would find myself spending more time making use of Professor’s hours than TA hours, if I was keen on discussing certain topics in more detail, or , if I wanted to get a more high level grasp of the course, and perhaps get feedback on how I can best improve my progress.