Five Points of Advice for Rice Students
You cannot learn everything you
need to know in lectures and/or homeworks. You must:
- Read the Lectures Notes and the Books (How to Design Programs)
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 tutors, lab coordinator,
- Attempt to solve additional problems.
Try to solve as many exercises as you read sections from the book. If
you can't do them, read the material again.
- Attend the lecture and tutorials.
Every professor has a personal understanding of a
(introductory) 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 on
The tutorials cover the practical know-how (how to edit, how to
evaluate, how to print, etc.) and illustrate the material from a
- Talk to the teachers.
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
- Keep up.
Experience proves that students who fall behind quickly drop
out. So, keep up with the readings, tutorials, and the homeworks. Ask for additional problems, if the homeworks
failed to make a point.