I'm a sophomore student in Engineering, and searching for ways to improve the way I study, I've been reviewing how I studied last year, trying to improve my methodology where I can.
Being a somewhat gifted student, I never had to study during high school (nor did I ever want to), leading to me having to not only having learn the new concepts in my classes (like any student), but also teaching myself how to study efficiently. Amongst other things, I looked at the way I handle the exercise sessions.
The way these work is every student is put into a small group of 7-8 people for a semester, and for every class they have to work together in order to do these sessions, as well as some other projects which aren't entirely relevant here. Being used to other students always telling me stuff along the lines of "wow you're so smart" during high school classes, it hit me pretty hard when all of a sudden doing exercises for school wasn't a walk in the park anymore. That's when I decided to basically write over sample solutions (thinking about what was in them), instead of ploughing through the exercises like the other students.
While my results last year were decent (I think I was around 60th out of 530 students in my course), I feel like this can't be the best way to do these exercises (seen as at least 60 other people managed to get higher grades than me).
I'm fairly sure they aren't more intelligent than me, yet they consistently get higher grades than I do, which is somewhat frustrating to a competitive-minded person like me.
So tl;dr my question would be : "Should I keep on trying to understand the sample solutions provided by my prof or should I instead settle on ploughing through them like everyone else?".