Attention freshmen: We have a few valuable tips for you to master the everyday study routine that has just begun – including a few that are not really meant to be taken seriously!
Find The Right Flat Share/Apartment
Of course, this tip is only relevant for you if you don’t still live with your parents or have moved out a long time ago anyway. But if you plan to rearrange your living situation before the start of the semester, you should take your time when looking for your new home. In a shared apartment, you not only become more independent, you also make new friends and can talk to them about everyday university life. Even if you would rather live alone without roommates, you should start looking in good time and prepare yourself properly for your new life as a student.
Inform Yourself About Your Semester
First of all, it should be said: Studying is very different from your school days. If you are not studying at a university of applied sciences where the timetable is already fixed, you usually have to put it together yourself and can choose courses (almost) freely. That’s cool, of course, but it also requires a lot of planning. Therefore, find out as early as possible about your options and also about when the exams are due. Nobody at the university will remind you to register for the courses and exams. And another tip in the tip: If you like to go away, do not put your courses on Friday or Thursday mornings if possible. Otherwise you will soon regret it.
Clarify Your Financial Situation
Of course, this tip is especially important in the first semester, when you are away from home for the first time. Especially in the first semester there will be many events, parties and get-to-know-you meetings in nice cafés. In addition, the first rent will be debited and the cooking evening in the shared flat is imminent. Of course it’s disadvantageous if you don’t have a cent left in your account. We have already summarized elsewhere how you can finance your studies.
Look Around The Campus
It is often worth taking a short walk across the campus and through the halls of the university or campus before the first real day. So you can look around and later know exactly where the cafeteria or canteen is, where the student advisory service is and how the building is laid out in general. There is almost nothing more stressful than stumbling aimlessly through the university on the first day and ending up panting on the course a little late.
Find Your Strategies
Depending on what kind of person you are, different strategies make sense for planning your everyday university life well. Some may be able to rely entirely on the lecturer’s script, while others take meticulous notes. Mach ein:r might put all the documents on the laptop while others print everything out and work with markers. Either way, find what works for you and stick with it. This is the only way to save yourself from being completely overwhelmed before the first phase of the exam.