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Get the Scoop on your Second Year!

Congratulations on successfully entering your second year at Northeastern! Let’s reflect a little on what you have learned thus far: you no longer get lost on campus, you’ve figured out the best times to go to Rebecca’s to avoid lines, and you have rubbed the Husky’s nose for good luck. Great! So what does your second year include? This year is the perfect time for you to continue to develop your academic and career goals. You have many hands to support and assist you on this journey! As you continue to familiarize yourself with all Northeastern has to offer, take advantage of the resources on this site.

Academic Strategies

  • Prepare for Lecture:
    • Read before class
    • Print out and fill in powerpoints and other study guides
    • Take notes as you read
    • Manage your health and wellness: Sleep 8-9 hours each night and eat 3 meals a day
  • Attend Lecture:
    • Pay attention and understand what's going on
    • Take notes and highlight information
    • Eliminate all distractions
    • Arrive to class on time and bring course materials, including textbooks, notebooks, and pencil
    • Ask questions and engage in lecture
    • Sit in the “T”: front or center rows of the class
  • Review and Refine Lecture Notes:
    • Re-read and re-write your notes from class
    • Study with a classmate to compare notes
    • When studying in a group, put everyone's notes in one large document before the exam
  • Utilize Resources
    • Study Groups:
      • Utilize large spaces for your study group
      • Assign a specific topic to each person
      • Ensure everyone knows what is being studied during your session
    • Tutoring:
      • Find a tutor that fits your learning style and attend tutoring sessions regularly
    • Professors:
      • Bring questions and practice problems to professor office hours to gain clarification on course material
  • Weekly Review and Study New Material
    • Understand how to best utilize your learning style
    • Study in groups weekly
    • Keep up with assigned readings
  • Review 1 Week Before Your Exam
    • Create a personal study guide by combining all of your notes for each class
    • Thoroughly summarize each topic
    • Study a different way each day
    • Rewrite study guides provided by the professor in your own words
    • Manage your work to be sure you allow for appropriate time to study
  • Exam
    • Review with classmates before exam
    • If confused, ask for clarification
    • Don't rush during the exam!
    • Exam taking tips sheet
  • Review Exam
    • Ensure you understand areas that need improvement before the cumulative final
    • Learn information rather than memorizing.
    • Focus on how exam topics connect
    • Build a series of practice exams to better prepare
    • Complete practice exams multiple times to solidify knowledge

Adapted from MCPHS University, Academic Resource Center, 2014

COE Resources

  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss courses you should enroll in each semester to keep you on track for graduation, learn about summer session courses, and receive referrals to on-campus resources to assist in your overall success. Learn about Undergraduate Academic Advising, your academic advisor, and the flexible curriculum guides.
  • Create a connection with your professor. Bring questions or practice problems to your professors' office hours to further comprehend information. Review each syllabus to discover when each of your professors is available to meet.
  • Take advantage of your TA to learn from the student perspective. TAs are students who have successfully completed the class prior and are providing additional assistance to YOU! You can also learn more about their experience within their engineering discipline, both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Upper-class tutors are assigned to courses to assist in your success. These students have been selected by faculty to support your understanding of the material. View the tutoring page to enhance your comprehension of course concepts.


Year Two @ NEU newsletters are emailed to second year students on a bi-weekly basis during the academic year. Each includes valuable information to encourage second year success including important dates, academic strategies, reminders of campus resources, workshop opportunities and more! Below see the archive of all Year Two @ NEU newsletters. If you are interested in contributing to the newsletter, please contact Meghan Severance, Academic Advisor, at

Second Year Check List

  • Meet with your assigned academic advisor prior to fall, spring and summer registration to discuss your academic plan
  • Monitor your degree audit using your curriculum guide, and pay attention to requirements that are in-progress or unsatisfied
  • Explore minors, inside and outside of engineering, to enhance your major and career goals
  • Investigate study abroad options
  • Continue to connect with Employer Engagement and Career Design to improve resume writing, interview skills, and to learn more about internships, job opportunities, career fairs and workshops
  • Get connected with Northeastern by joining College of Engineering student clubs and organizations, University-wide student clubs and organizations, and by participating in campus events
  • Strengthen relationships with faculty in order to prepare for letters of recommendation
  • Check your Husky email and Blackboard daily to stay informed of important University deadlines and events
  • Consistently view the COE website for updates and events

Study Space

Every student learns differently, therefore, the University provides a variety of study spaces for students. Do you prefer to study with friends? In silence? With a little bit of noise? Check out the links below to learn more about study spaces available to you on our campus.

  • The Northeastern University Library provides ample space for students to study, dependent on their learning style. You can also gain assistance from research librarians, view archives, and print necessary documents. Reserve a group study room to review course material with classmates.
  • Snell Engineering Center has three computer labs: 208, 268 and 274. Take advantage of these labs to assist with your homework and to prepare with classmates.
  • Depending on the time of day, various classrooms on campus may not be occupied. It is encouraged to study in an open classroom, if available. Take a quick walk around campus to find a classroom that will satisfy your studying needs!

Words of Wisdom from Fellow Husky Engineers

  • Kaely Gallagher, Bioengineering 2019
    • What has helped you to be successful as a COE student at Northeastern?
      • Naturally, taking the time to go to office hours has helped me to be successful as a COE student. I always try to spend a little bit of time prior to office hours to jot down specific questions so that I use my time (and my professor's time) productively. As I have progressed in my three years at Northeastern, I have seen that textbook reading has been essential to my learning, understanding, and ultimate success in my courses. While it often initially seems like busy work, once I start reading, I find that I start to more deeply comprehend the concepts and am better equipped to approach problems. I don't always have the time to prepare for class by reading the text, but when I do, I try to do so. I have also found that keeping a balance between school and leisure time is so important and also vital to success and happiness. I try to find this balance by going to fitness classes at Marino, cooking, reading, and exploring Boston.
    • What groups, organizations, etc. have you joined and what was your experience?
      • When I first came to Northeastern, I joined AIAA because I was interested in aeronautical engineering. I met some great, very smart peers, worked on a weather balloon project, contributed to a NASA competition design, volunteered at STEM events with younger students, and learned about rocketry. I have since changed my major to bioengineering and have joined other clubs, but I have thankful for my experience at AIAA and for the exposure it gave me to aeronautics. I recently joined Enabling Engineering and am a project leader for a new project to help children with cerebral palsy with vocalization. We are in the very early stages, but I am already learning a lot. I am also a member of Spoon University at Northeastern, which is an online food publication for and by college students. I am transitioning to be the editorial director and am looking forward to improving our article output. I like Spoon a lot because it is a good creative outlet for me amongst my technical classes and activities.
    • What resources have you used on campus to ensure success?
      • I have used the Snell room booking service for mock interviews and homework sessions and I really like having that amenity.
    • What have you done in your free time in the Boston area?
      • I love exploring new places to eat in Boston and I have very long bucket list that I am working on. I also like finding new places to study, like libraries and cafes. I also enjoy taking photos and writing articles for Spoon about the Boston food scene, specifically for college students. One of my favorite new place to go is Improv Asylum in the North End, where you can go see hilarious improv comedy shows. In the summer, I love to go on long runs and hang out on the docks by the Charles to watch the sunset. I sometimes find myself getting bored with and used to my surroundings in Boston, so I try to branch out, explore further outside my bubble, and encourage my friends to do so too.
  • Miles Kirsch, Bioengineering 2020
    • What has helped you to be successful as a COE student at Northeastern?
      • Definitely the professors -- they want their students to succeed, so any form of asking for help or demonstration of passion is (in my experience) almost always received positively. As long as there is proper communication, all of the professors I've had have been very flexible, understanding, and again, there for me in order to help me to do the best that I can.
    • What groups, organizations, etc. have you joined and what was your experience?
      • I'll limit this answer to engineering-related organizations only. I am now a part of the Biomedical Engineering Society on campus, which I joined the beginning of the Fall ‘16 semester. I've enjoyed my time at their meetings, it's informative, covers a wide range of topics, and always has free food.
    • What have you done in your free time in the Boston area?
      • Explore! There are so many places to go in Boston outside of Back Bay, and I love how different all of the neighborhoods are. Spend a day at Haymarket and go to the Boston Public Market, and then have an Italian dinner at the North End. Go to Jamaica Plain and walk around. I love the Esplanade, and Beacon Hill is a beautiful area. Really just try to see it all and escape the campus bubble doing whatever you love.
  • Perri Lomberg, Electrical Engineering 2019
    • Do something fun and that makes you happy. Save time for yourself pursuing something outside of your major.
  • Chelsea Wojeski, Industrial Engineering 2019
    • What has helped you to be successful as a COE student at Northeastern?
      • If I don't understand something, I go to my professor's office hours or the office hours of another professor that teaches that course. Don't be afraid to talk to your professors, they are here to help you succeed.
    • What groups, organizations, etc. have you joined and what was your experience?
      • I became a member of the Society of Women in Engineering and it has helped me get great advice from upperclassman about co-ops. I actually got my current co-op by going to a SWE meeting and hearing a speaker!
    • What resources have you used on campus to ensure success?
      • Office hours, the tutoring center, friends, upperclassman, and study groups.
    • What have you done in your free time in the Boston area?
      • I love to explore Boston by running around it. I also really enjoy just walking around and exploring new streets I haven't gone down before with my friends when it is nice out in the spring and summer.
    • Is there anything else you’d like to add?
      • Don't be afraid to ask upperclassman about what co-ops are good or not, and what they did and didn't like. Take every piece of advice you can get because it is all helpful! Also, don't stress out if you don't absolutely love your first co-op- it is just as important to learn what you don't like as what you do.