Academic support

The Faculty of Engineering is committed to the success of its students and provides a range of academic support and advice specifically for women students.

A new way of learning


For many of you, going to lectures with 50, 100 or sometimes even more students will be a new experience and you will need to develop some new habits to optimise your learning.

Here are some useful tips to help you study smarter if you're unfamiliar with lecture-style teaching and learning.

1. Understand your lecturer's teaching style.
Will they give you handouts? Will you need to take lots of notes? Is their presentation material available on Canvas? If your lecturers don't tell you this in your first lecture then ask them afterwards.

2. Get familiar with Canvas.
This is where many of your course co-ordinators, lecturers and tutors post useful information such as information about books and resources you'll need, announcements about test times/locations and copies of old tests/exams that you can practice on. Use your username and password to log in.

3. Don't use your laptop during lectures.
Or at least turn off the Wi-Fi! It's very easy to get distracted by other things on your laptop and not actively listen 

4. Organise your lecture notes.
You can do this during the lecture by using different coloured highlighters on important points in your handouts, or to mark areas that you don't understand. After your lecture, go through your lecture notes as soon as possible to make sure you aren't missing any information and talk to your classmates, lecturer or tutor to fil in the blanks.

5. Participate in your tutorials.
Lectures are usually where you learn concepts, ideas and methods. Tutorials are where you use those concepts, ideas and methods. Your exam will test your ability to use what you've learned so don't just go to your tutorials, participate in them! A lot of tutorials work through past test and/or exam questions so this is a great opportunity for you to get some quick one-on-one help from a tutor if you're struggling with a particular concept or problem.

6. Use your lecturer's office hours.
Each lecturer will have office hours where any of their students can approach them for help with the material covered in the lectures. Make sure you know when and where your lecturer's office hours are and use them if you're struggling to understand anything covered in your lectures. If you are in Part I, you can also use the Part I Assistance Centre, which is free and open every day.

7. Don't think that it's just you who finds it difficult.
Many students who study engineering did very well at high school, and find engineering much more challenging. Rest assured, it is not just you! Engineering is a challenging degree, and many aspects will require you to work hard to understand and succeed. Perservere through, and speak to others about what you are finding difficult. Most often they will be struggling with the same things, or will be able to help you. 



Study groups


When you just don't feel like studying, a study group can give you the encouragement and motivation you need, as well as providing you with a smaller and less intimidating environment if you're reluctant to ask questions in class lectures.

You can compare notes, share study habits and openly discuss ideas and concepts to add an extra dimension to studying, often leading to an improvement in your own understanding and memory.

Best of all, interacting with other people can make studying more enjoyable and less boring.

If you need help forming a study group with other women in your class, please contact the Women in Engineering Adviser.


Need more help?

If you would like some one-on-one help or have further questions, please contact the Women in Engineering Adviser.