As a USC graduated student from a former tail student, I understand it's not that easy or hard to move to from one side to another side. Not only the physical practice but also mentally development including the way of thinking, self-evaluation.
There are two parts of learning. First, breaking down the complexed things into small and foundational parts, and then build your structure from the piece by piece by using them. Second, imitating tutor's behavior not only solving the current assignments but also the logic line behind it.
I'll pave the road for you. Just follow me and then you will know what's the destination and how to arrive!
Education & Certification
Undergraduate Degree: Zhejiang Sci-Tech University - Bachelor of Science, Materials Engineering
Graduate Degree: University of Southern California - Master of Science, Materials Engineering
GRE Quantitative: 166
GRE Verbal: 154
Martial Art, Skiing, Travel