Starting at a new university can require a considerable amount of planning. This section provides good advice for effective structuring of your time as a student. You may find it helpful to plan your semester and the individual weeks in advance.
An important aspect of beginning a new programme of study is to find out how, when and where you study most effectively. One relevant consideration is whether you get more work done in the university library or at home. Many students benefit from having their own place to study at the library. Read about the study facilities at the Royal Danish Library and ask your own department about the possibility of getting a personal workplaces when writing your thesis.
It is a good idea to consider to:
Find a study group – your fellow students and your teachers can help you.
Work on your reading technique – learn how to separate important from unimportant information.
Remember that it often is difficult to see the big picture right away.
Find out what motivates you – studying is hard work, think about what interests you.
Think about your physical surroundings – home may not be the best place to study.
Remember that you always have some prior knowledge to build on when you acquire new information.
Be aware of your study techniques – think about your ways of learning.
Also, be prepared for a relationship between students and teachers that may differ from what you are used to. Read more about the danish learning environment.
Create an appropriate framework for your semester:
Lectures, group work, a part-time job and leisure activities can all be scheduled into your timetable. This gives you greater control over your time and gives structure to your reading and preparation for classes.
You can make a timetable for the whole semester, or separate timetables for periods where you are revising for exams.
Another way to get into a good study routine is to make sure that you are part of an efficient study group and knows how to read and take notes effectively.
Purdue University Online Writing Lab. Find information on how to research and write with correct grammar and style. Includes detailed style guides for different referencing systems.
How-To-Study An American site for lower level students from elementary school to college with easy to understand tips in both English and Spanish.
Study Guides and Strategies. Besides information about reading, writing, researching, studying and managing projects, this American site has tips for memorizing and concentrating.
Study Skills For International Students (pdf). A leaflet produced by The Teaching and Learning Unit of Social Sciences, University of Copenhagen. Includes chapters on reading, note-taking and writing techniques.
Method of Study for International Students. Harboe, T. and Müllen, R. von, Samfundslitteratur, 2006.
The Craft of Research. Booth, Wayne C.; Colomb, Gregory G. and Joseph M. Williams, University of Chicago Press, 2nd edition, 2003.
The list appearing on this page is based on “10 gode råd til studiestartere” by Thomas Harboe, Pædagogisk Center Samfundsvidenskab, University of Copenhagen. The videos was produced by Anni Pedersen.