Ten good tips

This advice is from Studiemetroen (the Study Metro)

  1. Find a study group. Your fellow students are grappling with the same academic problems as you are, and dialogue is important to learn about the level and the academic challenges in your subjects.
  2. Focus your reading. Find out how the texts in your subject are typically presented (structure, content, form), and learn to organise your reading in accordance with its object. Become proficient at distinguishing the important from the unimportant in the texts.
  3. Plan the coming semester. Read the lecture plans, the subject descriptions, the examination requirements, the curriculum and the examination rules carefully, and decide on a general timetable which you will try to follow.
  4. Take it easy and don’t expect a complete overview on your first day. A feeling of chaos is natural when you start, and it can well be a couple of years before things seriously begin to fall into place.
  5. The first period is typically hard work with a lot of assignments, lectures, and books to be read. But try anyway to put yourself at the centre of things and find your personal desire to study.
  6. Your study environment is important for your concentration. The best place to study may not be your home, but, for example, in the departmental library.
  7. Remember – you’re never starting from scratch. You always have some relevant knowledge of the subject on which you can draw when incorporating new knowledge. It is important to recognise and highlight your existing knowledge when you are doing new courses and reading new texts.
  8. Devote your full attention to the beginning of your studies and if possible, avoid part-time jobs in your first year.
  9. Give your new course a chance. Interest in a subject often derives from a knowledge of the subject, and a subject which initially appears boring can be extremely interesting when actually studied. So avoid hasty decisions like changing courses or dropping out. Speak first with the course adviser, others doing the same course, and friends and family before making a final decision.
  10. Be aware of how you are studying. Take part in study technique courses. Read books on study technique. Exchange experiences with your fellow students (and lecturers) on how to best organise your studying. 

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