10 Tips for a succressful start of studies

With the student days, a new beautiful stage of life begins, which is also very challenging. You arrive at a new environment, you dedicate yourself to topics that are much more complex and less limited than during your school days, and you have to organise yourself. We are going to give you a few tips for a successful start of studies.

1. Make use of the preparatory courses

Before the regular start of studies, the Faculty of Business offers preparartory courses, where you can freshen up your school knowledge of bookkeeping and mathematics. Attendance is voluntary and they not only facilitate your start but also give you the first oppurtunity to get to know your new fellow students.

2. Make use of the offerings during the orientation week

You will get the best information about the start of studies during the orientation week . You not only get to know new friends, but also learn how to find your way around the faculty, to understand new terms, study plans and requirements as well as to get to know the offerings of the faculty. The mentor programme is also part of these.

3. Keep your timetable and calendar straight

Especially at the beginning, it is important to register for courses in good time and to respect deadlines. What is more, you should keep an eye on dates such as the beginning and end of the semester, dates for presentations, exams and assignments.

4. Read your examination and study regulations

In the examination and study regulations, the underlying conditions for the examinations and the design of the study programme. Every study programme has different regulations. For successful studies, it is important to know the rules and requirements. You will find the pertaining examination regulations on the pages of the respective study programmes.

5. Time management

Studying is a new challenge. You dedicate yourself to subject areas that are much more complex and less limited than they were during school days. Learning is self dependent now. Developing a daily work routine can help avoid overwhelming and stress during the examination period. So, we recommend you drawing up a learning scheme and to regularly prepare and revise courses.

6. Make new contacts

Friendships that are made while you are studying mostly have a very special significance and often last beyond university. We offer you varioius opportunities to socialise with you fellow students. You will not only find friends for a life time, but get to know like-minded people you can help you out if you don't find your away at the beginning yet and you can learn together with.

7. Form learning communities

As beginners you have different previous skills. Learning communities are a good way to use synergy effects and to explain learning content to each other. You can benefit from the strengths of your fellow students and contribute your own strenghts.

8. Gather practical experience

As a student asisant, student employee or within an internship you get to practically use the knowledge that you gathered in theory. This not only helps to understand the subject matter better but also to gather first work experience and to make contact to potential employers.

9. Use the library

Professors often recommend literature that is helpful in understanding the subject matter. The library has many of those books in sufficient amounts so that it is not always necessary to buy books. You can borrow the books or copy important parts of them, as very often you would not need the whole work.