What are some tips for freshmen

15 tips for freshmen: How to start your studies successfully

Fresh at the university and no perspective: this is how it is for most students in the first few weeks. So that you can keep track of things, we have some tips for freshmen to make it easier for you to start your studies.

The best tips for freshmen:

1. BAföG: This first tip is clearly one of the most important. You should apply for BAföG as soon as you have received a confirmation for your desired study place. If you are rejected by the BAföG office, students can also apply for housing benefit.

2. Re-register: After you have found a new place to stay, don't forget to re-register. You officially have a week for this. If you delay a few weeks, you could be fined up to 100 euros.

A tip that many do not know: Some cities in Germany such as Leipzig, Halle and Berlin receive their students with a welcome fee. Don't be afraid to ask about it at the Citizens Registration Office. If you're lucky, you can jump up to 500 euros.

3. Study regulations: Do not rush into your studies without knowing exactly what to expect. Often there are introductory events in which the students in the first semester are explained the structure of their studies. But study guides and especially the course catalog for your subject can be of great help to you. Take advantage of the offers!

4. Searching for help: If you still have unanswered questions despite introductory events and study guides, don't be afraid to seek help. Student councils, student secretariats and examination offices are there for that and will answer all open questions to freshmen students.

5. Library tour: Sooner or later (at the latest for your first homework) you have to go to the library. To save yourself the trouble of stumbling into the library in the third, fourth or fifth semester, we recommend that you take a guided tour of the library at the beginning of your studies. This will help you to learn how to research in the OPAC, find and view literature on site and generally keep your bearings.

6. University sports: A diverse sports program is offered at most universities. So if you are into sports, first check your university offerings before you register in expensive fitness clubs.

7. Student discounts: There are student discounts almost everywhere and it is often sufficient to simply show your student ID at the cash register. So don't be afraid to ask whether there are discounts for students in the cinema, online shopping or at dance events.

8. Test canteens: As soon as you have slowly settled into everyday student life, you should test your way through the various canteens. One thing is certain: it doesn't taste the same in every cafeteria. The big universities often have more than three canteens. Find out where it tastes best!

9. Buy a bike: You can probably reach everything in your city comfortably by bus and train, but it is often the case that you are more flexible by bike and get from A to B faster and can thus save a lot of time. In addition, the bike is environmentally friendly and costs little money.

10. establish contacts: New acquaintances are especially important when you have moved to a new city. Remember: the others are just like you. Sure, it can be difficult to get to know new people at first, but as long as you don't close yourself off from it, it shouldn't be a problem. Incidentally, it is often easier to address someone in a relaxed atmosphere at first parties or campus parties than in a lecture. Our freshman tip: dare to go and go. Studying will be a lot more fun when you've made some nice friends.

11. Find a local pub: We recommend all first-time students not to neglect their private life. Studying isn't everything, so don't bite into it. Find places where you feel comfortable and where you can have a good time. And what is more fun than moving around the houses with friends and finding the best of ten bars?

12. Looking for a part-time job: If your BAföG is not enough for you and your parents don't want to deduct any more money, you unfortunately have no choice but to look for a part-time job. But stay relaxed. You will always find something, especially in bigger cities. There are many ways to find a relaxed part-time job on the bulletin board at your university or on the Internet that doesn't take up all of your time and still earns you enough.

13. save money: It is well known that students' wallets are almost always empty. So that you are not short of money, we have a few suggestions on how you can save money. In large hypermarkets, groceries are often offered cheaper than in the supermarket. Find out more, there are food markets like this in almost every city. There are also great second hand shops for clothing, furniture, etc. Celebrations are also cheap. For once you have a beer together in the shared apartment before you go to the club instead of the pub.

14. Don't be afraid of exams: By the middle of the semester at the latest, it becomes clear to you: “Oh, I have to take an exam in this module.” Our tip for you is: Don't panic! As long as you attend the seminars regularly and are not only physically present, the foundation stone for the exam has been laid. If you learn something now and you overcome your test anxiety, you can handle it. Numerous summaries and old exams provided by older fellow students can be downloaded free of charge from Uniturm.de.

tip: We explain in the magazine how you use Uniturm.de effectively.

Another little tip: don't despair if things don't go quite as well as you had hoped for the first few exams. You get to know the type of exams and the expectations of the lecturers better in the course of your studies, and there is always a second attempt.

15. Learning strategies: Many young people have to study for the first time over a longer period of time during their studies. So that everything doesn't go haywire, find out about various learning strategies before you start. This not only makes learning easier for you, you can also cope with larger amounts of learning material without forgetting it immediately after the exam.

Can't imagine a concept like credit points, faculty or module? In our first-year checklist, we explain all the important terms relating to your studies to you. You can find even more tips for freshmen in our Uniturm.de magazine.

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