How to Succeed in a Highly Technical Degree


Take useful notes


Since people think faster than they speak, you'll often get bored with spoken lessons, while long blocks of text tires the eyes and dulls the mind. During your lessons, fight this by taking constant notes.

Try putting every session in your own words, and consider note-taking a very valuable skill to be continually improved. Effective, concise notes make studying faster and easier.

Practise tests

Try to make time to do all the practice problems, quizzes, or tests that come along. You can find others online, or even make yourself flash cards. Keep track of your progress and note the areas where your knowledge is weak and needs improvement.

Constant testing and pursuing higher scores can be a fun, interactive form of study that helps you retain facts.

Problem solving


Taking on difficult studies like an online master’s in electrical engineering is likely to lead to lessons that you struggle with. The important thing is to persevere until the problem is solved. The same issues are likely to come up in your career.

Develop problem solving aids like logic flow diagrams, mapping data points, or composing tables to relate information. If you can learn or develop a methodology of your own, it will help you to handle the next issue.

Unless you were born a genius with perfect memory, there will be times you struggle with technical studies. Accept that this is normal and view it as a challenge, not a failure.


Special thanks to Dixie Somers for providing us with this article. Dixie is a freelance writer and blogger for business, home, and family niches. Dixie lives in Phoenix, Arizona, and is the proud mother of three beautiful girls and wife to a wonderful husband. You can contact Dixie on Facebook.