You are just new to campus. Straight outta ocha, given that royal send off by your village folk ; a sack of unga, a block of solid fat, yellow and hard as a bar soap, a few kilos of sugar plus a lot of hope. Engineering school awaits and you’ve been well fattened for it. Well you get here and your divine hard work becomes dissolved in a lot of life’s diversities – alcohol and ‘having a good time’ runs from Monday to Monday, members of the fairer sex suddenly become more intriguing and oh yeah, your people never prepare you for betting life, so you’re sucked into it in an instant.
Well whether you’re a freshman or a fossil, Engineering school can push you to the corner with assignments, cats and exams . With the traditional pen-paper business you’re doomed. So here goes a list of my top 10 online resources to resuscitate your interest in your field of study.
- Join LinkedIn!
You might not realize it yet, but LinkedIn is a great site to help you connect you with students and professionals in your field of interest. Once you’ve created an account, you can choose your areas of interest and the feed will be customized to your suiting. You will also be able to form a network of people by connecting them to your profile. Did I mention employers are also looking for potential employees
through LinkedIn? Yes! Build your profile, connect and grow!
- Journals 4 Free
This site offers engineering journals, FREE! Spanning many fields, you’ll be able to download and read on the latest trends and development in industry. So whether you want to start a new production line or work on a new 3D printer, these magazines will come in handy.
- Eng Tips.com
Don’t we just love those formations in the exam room? You know they are your lifeline when you haven’t prepared for a cat or exam. Why? Coz it’s instant redemption and better results at the 11th hour. An online equivalent is engtips.com. This site features tons of forums on many fields of Engineering and architecture. You’re able to raise inquiries (student or professional) and there’ll be people to help you with possible solutions. With members from all corners of the world, you’ll find a solution to at least every engineering challenge you face.
- Wolfram Alpha
A virtual assistant. That’s all I can say for Wolfram Alpha. This site has solutions to pretty much anything. Specific to Engineering, you can find solutions to numerous mathematical problems with great explanation. Just key in equation and let the site do the rest.
The cornerstone of Engineering is the provision of solutions; more practical than theoretical. Enter Instructables. Whether you want to build a 3D printer or fit an engine to a bicycle or make fire redundant paint, this site has practical guides of projects done by curious people out there. These tutorials come in form of detailed text, audio files, videos and photos. You will be a better, more productive person after you get your hands on the site. Try it today!
Yes, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have some of the best learning resources talk Engineering. There are over 15 IITs churning out resources in terms of videos and document files on the whole courses. Pretty much all Engineering courses offered in Moi University already have their resources on IIT sites. Google and see for yourself!
Visual learning is more effective than reading plain text. With YouTube comes a lot of tutorials on a lot of Engineering courses. From real-time applications to solution to problems to whole lectures, you can find a lot of material to help you better understand various courses, even those outside Engineering. Learn how to build your own air gun before graduation.
- Get an Android phone
Android has come as a godsend. With versatility of using specialized apps (scientific calculators, app builders and simulators) at your fingertips, you’ll be able to be ahead of the next guy. Once you get an Android phone there’s a world of apps waiting (regular and pro). Don’t take that phone for granted.
- Open Mind!
With so many opportunities opening up in Kenya – oil and gas reserves, IT integration and standards of life going up, we are exposed to a lot of forums, presentations, seminars to help us see the present opportunities. With the Government also empowering us with innovation competitions and opportunities for the youth and women, we have no reason to remain complaining of ‘unemployment’. Engineering students represent the epitome of innovation and persons to push the development agenda. Engineers aren’t employed but CREATE employment.
Therefore shift mentality from ‘learning in school’ to ‘preparing for after school’. Start seeing education as a tool to help you create solutions. Attend development forums, look through presentations and talk to people who are interested in similar fields as you.
So there you go. Now go get ’em Tiger!