Modified from advice of Matthias Felleisen
You cannot learn everything you need to know in lectures and/or homeworks.
- Read all available material.
Try to stay ahead of the game and read material before it is covered in class.
If you have questions, write them down. If these questions don't get covered, ask
in class and/or meet with the tutor, TA, or professor.
- Attempt to solve additional problems.
Try to solve as many exercises as you can. If you can't do them, read the
- Attend the lecture and labs.
Every professor has a personal understanding of a course and teaches the material
according to a personal style. It is important to get used to and to exploit this "personalization of
courses"; otherwise, you're wasting your money.
The labs cover the practical know-how (how to edit, how to evaluate, how to print, etc.) and
illustrate the material from a different angle.
- Talk to the teacher.
If the lecture and the notes leave you with questions on the material, see your teacher(s) during
office hours or make an appointment. Mark the passages in the book(s) that you haven't understood
and prepare questions that express what you haven't understood.
- Keep up.
Experience proves that students who fall behind quickly drop out. So, keep up with the readings,
labs, and the homeworks. Ask for additional problems, if the homeworks failed to make a
- Ask for help if you need it.
If you feel you do not follow the material despite your best efforts, talk to your instructor
to determine the source of the problem and to find a way to help you make progress.
Only you know when this is needed - so, be pro-active.