The transition to university can be difficult. Here are some tools that will make the path a bit smoother.
This will become your best friend, as this online computational software is no normal calculator. It can solve complex calculus problems, and is a great tool for checking your answers. However, be careful not to get too dependent on the software, because you’ll find yourself extremely lost during exams. You can also use Wolfram to answer critical life questions; “am I drunk?” should prove a useful one. Ask it to plot a Pokémon curve. Try to find the hidden easter eggs in between plugging in derivatives and integrals.
Note: For linear algebra, a number of matrix calculators are also available on the internet.
Not all problems are created equal. Questions on exams are often entirely different than the ones given in class and homework. To truly get an idea of what your test will look like, you need to do the past exams. Courses.skule.ca has a large library of past tests and quizzes from all your courses, separated by discipline end year, for your practising pleasure.
This app is designed to help you locate available computers and printers in the Engineering Computer Facility (ECF) labs. Engineering students tend to take full advantage of the 900 page printing quota provided each semester, often printing out booklets of notes or textbooks. Use Citoprint when you need to find a printer that’s not backlogged a hundred pages.
Course loads in university can feel like a juggling act. If everything’s starting to blur together, use an organizer to keep all the assignments, deadlines and exam dates straight so you don’t drop the ball. Popular to-do list apps include Todoist and Wunderlist, which sync across your devices. If you want simplicity, ColorNote offers a word pad function and a sticky note widget – organized by colour, of course. Google Calendar is a classic choice for reminders and events, although Sunrise, a new app that’s more visually appealing, is worth checking out too.
As first-years your timetables are set, but come electives selection, keep this site in mind. Enter a course code and you’ll see all the sections that are offered, which ones conflict with your existing courses, and which are in free timeslots. Plug courses into your timetable and build your ideal schedule. Even in first year, some of you will eventually want to attend a different lecture than your own – for a better prof, or merely for some extra shut-eye in the morning.
If citations aren’t your strong point and IEEE is making your head spin, try Zotero. It’s available as a browser plug-in, and collects and cites your references. It can be inaccurate occasionally though, so beware. This is by no means an exhaustive or definitive list of useful technology, but hopefully it will serve you well. Good luck frosh! Don’t forget to have some fun, too.