There are perhaps as many ways to organise your studies and study time as there are students at Aarhus University. At the same time, it is very different what you as a student need help for, and when the need is there, but on this page we have collected a number of advice and topics, which in our experience are particularly important to relate to at the beginning of your study period.
Using AU Studypedia as a new student
AU Studypedia gives you specific advice, exercises, schedules, etc.m. about academic writing and forms of work that you will encounter as a university student. It is therefore a good idea to know the page so that you can make use of it as a resource during your education. For example, you will find exercises that you can use when you need to build an argument in a written assignment or if you get stuck in the writing process. And if the task writing gets too hard, time is tight and your motivation drops, we come up with good advice on how you can increase your study motivation.
Although being a university student is a great experience, many find the requirements for independence and self-discipline challenging. Therefore, it is important to build good study habits from the beginning.
As a university student, it is your own responsibility to know when you have classes, which room you should be in and what you should prepare before you attend class. You must also be aware of practical information and deadlines, for example that you are registered for the classes and exams.
Your study consists of more than just going to classes and reading the syllabus. Everything that takes place outside of the classroom is an equally important part of your study - and you have to manage that yourself. It can be group work, project work, exercises, additional reading, exam periods and perhaps internships etc.
Your study time must also be adapted to the rest of your life with friends, family, sports, interests and maybe a job on the side. You have to make sure that it all fits together in your life, which may require proper time management. Find concrete advice on how to build good study habits and managing your time on the page below:
Study strategies aim to strengthen your knowledge and skills in the subjects. There is a lot to read, to write and produce during your studies, and therefore it is important to know how you prefer to do the different tasks and what strategies help you in specific situations.
There are many ways to study - maybe as many ways as there are students at the university. We all have different preferences, and what works for your fellow students might not work for you. Therefore, as a new student it is a good idea to start figuring out how you prefer to learn. Many students spend quite some time figuring this out, but if you are aware of your mental strategies when working with the subject, it might help you acquire new knowledge and competencies faster.
Different strategies are appropriate in different subjects, and no matter which strategies you find beneficial, it will take time to master them. By trying out different strategies and adapting them through your academic work, you build good study skills that you can use throughout your education - so why not start now? On the pages below you will find suggestions for different ways of working with your reading and notetaking:
Many students will find that it takes time to get used to the new environment at the university. For most students the transition will involve many different emotions - both positive and negative. It is completely natural. And it is also completely natural that you will encounter both academic, social and personal challenges during your time at the university.
If you experience challenges with your professional, social or personal well-being, it is important to remember that you can seek help and support from a number of different agencies at Aarhus University.
You can choose to think of Studypedia as a tool box that you can rummage around in and find the exact tools you need to build up a good frame work for your learning and the academic side of your life.
The front page of Studypedia consists of several different topics that concerns different aspect of the academic side of life. The idea behind this separation into topics is to give you a fast way to orient you towards the content you need.
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