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Semester preparation: tips for students

After the semester is before the semester. The lecture-free time Although it is primarily used for relaxation, many students also need this time to learn, to prepare for upcoming exams or to finance their studies - in other words: to earn money. Despite the sometimes full schedule, students should also attend the phase Semester preparation use. Freshmen, so-called Ersties, anyway. You will now find out how this works and what you should think of ...

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Systematic preparation: little time required, big impact

Semester preparation is a BIG word - sounds like a lot of effort and time. But those who approach the preparation systematically and in good time will keep it Time expenditure within manageable limits. Basically it only takes a couple of hours. But they have all the more effect for the next semester, good semester preparation is like a warm-up for a successful degree. A positive side effect: In the end, you create even more free time - and without a guilty conscience.

The first step is to get one first To provide an overview. Please ask yourself the following questions:

  • How see my Study documents of the past semester?
  • Works mine Filing and archive systemto keep an eye on the learning content?
  • Which Lectures and topics continue in the new semester?
  • Which subjects start over?
  • How does my Lecture schedule after the break?
  • Which exams are in the foreseeable future?
  • On which Theses am I working at the moment, which ones will I start with soon?

The aim of this first overview is to ask yourself self-critically what has worked quite well so far and what things are doing Study organization maybe it should be optimized after all.

Semester preparation: organization and preview

In essence, semester preparation should always be off two blocks consist:

  • In the first part, please check your filing system and the workflow. Thoroughly analyze which methods worked in the past semester, what worked well and where there is still room for improvement. Do not only concentrate on the lectures, notes and specialist literature, but also check the independent learning work: file folders, card index boxes, learning organization, learning groups. Where there have been regular problems, you should look for a better alternative.
  • The second part of the preparation should consist of the processing of your study documents. Lecture subjects that continue after the lecture-free period should be at least roughly processed and summarized, as well as ensuring that you can use the relevant documents for any exams immediately (otherwise you will lose track and valuable time later). You can theoretically prepare subjects that are just beginning, but in practice very few are likely to do so. We therefore recommend that you at least obtain the necessary documents.

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Semester preparation: Draw up a study schedule

Once the above steps have been completed, it is worthwhile to spend the first few weeks after the lecture-free period (sometimes also Semester break called) Roughly plan: Take the opportunity to meet everyone already known Enter dates in an annual calendar or semester plan.

In the timetable, write down which modules you would like to complete in this semester, as well as the necessary exercises and seminars. It goes without saying that compulsory courses should be clearly marked (for example with a red highlighter) and the remaining courses should be given lower priority.

Tip: It is best to write down the corresponding ones for the lectures Lecture hall names or numbers to. This saves you the hassle of wandering around or asking questions later.

Do not only plan the fixed dates for upcoming exams, but also which topic blocks you want to prepare for which period. It has proven useful, for example, not only to enter the exam date in the calendar, but also, for example, four to to set a marker eight weeks in advancethat you are starting to buffalo by now at the latest. If you like it systematically, enter weekly milestones in the calendar that you should have learned by then.

You can do the same for upcoming ones Theses and repeat projects. Sure, such a calendar fills up very quickly (the template should be correspondingly large - for example DIN A2). So you definitely keep track of things and have that head free for the actual study.

In the end, the so-called Course plan contain the following information:

  • Compulsory lectures plus seminar room
  • Plan for additional exercises and seminars
  • Exam dates
  • Preparation and study plan
  • Planned theses
  • Registration dates and deadlines

Speaking of the checklist: Please think about that too

In the Preparation and planning please also pay attention to the following points:

  • How much time do they need Learning phases for your exams?
  • Do I need extra time slots for that Coordination with the lecturer.
  • When do I borrow the Specialist literature in the university library (Attention: Other students can also borrow literature. There may be waiting times).
  • Which Theses are particularly demanding? Do I have buffers planned for this?
  • If I do the theses together with fellow students write (or study in a team for exams), do our diaries harmonize?
  • I have real ones in everything Free time and vacation planned for me?

The last point in particular must of course not be forgotten. Nobody manages to cram all the time. Sooner or later the fun will be lost and at some point this will also be reflected in the grades. So treat yourself to regular breaks - they are even essential for learning!

Freshmen: Be sure to read the examination regulations

Especially for freshmen, the following applies when preparing for the semester: It is essential to read the examination regulations! This is perhaps the most important document for the entire course of study, because it contains all the important rules and deadlines for registering for exams or what needs to be available where and when. Anyone who disregards the examination regulations can hardly hope for mercy. At best, such a semester is lost; at worst, you may be de-registered. Anyone who does not understand what is meant should at least see their academic advisor.

Semester preparation: find a study group

The best way to prepare for the semester also means looking for support. Experience teaches: A lot is easier and faster in learning groups. Not only because fellow students often pick up information that you have overlooked yourself, but also because you often only discover what you have really understood (and learned) when you learn and explain to each other.

So other students can ...

  • more commitment for your semester preparation create.
  • Organization tips give and offer other perspectives.
  • act as motivators and push you anew.
  • draw attention to mistakes and give feedback.

Since the specialization increases with the advancement of the degree, it automatically happens that these learning groups change. This is also an important side aspect of the course, always adapting to new people, but who are always united by a common goal.

It can help to make it clear in advance what type of learner you are and which type of learner you can work with best.

If working with others is not your cup of tea and you don't really get along with learning groups, for example, you should look for other ways to round off your semester preparation. The decisive factor is a good start to the semester without stress and hectic and a relaxed, successful semester.

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