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Silver medallist’s secret weapon: studying

June 15, 2011

Marianne Meadahl, PAMR, 778.782.3210;

Joseph Wong
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Simon Fraser University engineering science undergrad Joseph Wong doesn’t consider himself a genius, despite a 4.28 cumulative grade point average (CGPA) out of a possible 4.33.
He attributes his academic success, which represents a very long string of A+ grades with a few A’s thrown in, to excellent study habits.
“I like to go through my textbooks and notes from class at least once a week to crystallize the important points, theorems and formulas, so that at finals I have a lot less work to do than others,” he says.
As he points out, you can’t crystallize what you don’t understand.
Wong is one of two SFU graduands to receive a Governor General’s silver convocation medal, presented annually to the two students with the highest cumulative GPA graduating with an undergraduate degree in any faculty.
Wong enjoys electronics engineering because he has to apply all of his math and science abilities to solve practical problems.
He spent two semesters, for example, volunteering in professor Ash Parameswaran’s lab to help design a prototype for a magneto-encephalography “phantom head” that can mimic the magnetic fields the brain emits.
The prototype is promising and, if successful, may eventually be used to calibrate diagnostic machinery at the Down Syndrome Research Foundation in Burnaby.
Wong is currently enrolled in a two-year bible school in Anaheim, CA. Following that he plans to continue with doctoral studies.


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