Welcome. Read. Laugh a bit. Shake your head. Make faces. Think. Consider. Discuss.
- To be successful in studying is at least as good as good sex; moreover, you can even talk about your successes in public without getting embarrassed.
- Start studying right now at the latest. Don’t miss the beginning. Aim to start strong.
- Attend every lecture, even if other students tell you that this is not necessary. Keep developing the habit to skip lectures here or there for a later stage when you are already a more experienced student and know what you are doing.
- If you do not understand the course material, continue going to the lecture anyway. Pay attention. It helps, trust me.
- Find “dedicated” colleagues; very carefully select group members in practicals; avoid non-dedicated ones; they have the tendency to pull you down.
- If you are not sure about your chosen degree program: Go to every lecture even more so; you can choose to change to some other degree program by the end of the study year.
- Read the suggested course material. And more. Immediately.
- If the teacher does not seem to suggest any reading material: Take notes of keywords and find your own material to these key words. Everything is explained on the web. You just have to find an explanation which fits your needs. And millions of students had the same problems of understanding before you.
- Start immediately with the practicals. Don’t start with the actual practical questions, but rather start trying out more simpler examples. I am 60+ and still start most things from scratch. I know why.
- If you find it hard to start to do something: Get through this phase early; It will get easier as soon as you are through and are in the flow.
- Stop playing your computer games until you have your new situation under control. Getting through the semester with a good flow is more fun than playing computer games.
- Don’t listen to your student colleagues when they talk about how bad things are at the university.
- Don’t listen to elder student colleagues — their comments are colored by their missing successes.
- Don’t believe other students who say that some study material is trivial and you do not have to attend the course.
- Once you feel comfortable with the pace you have acquired in your daily life style as a student you will figure out that you are far ahead compared to many others.
- Try out to talk to a teacher. It is best early in the course. Take the courage and ask a question. After the lecture maybe. I am sure that you have many questions. See what happens. In the long run you need to learn to talk to teachers anyway, so why not start early. Take this challenge as a kind of private adventure.
- Learning is not a 100-meter sprint. Train to start running and keep running steadily. 8 hours a day plus minus 2. 5 days a week. 45 weeks a year. After 3 years you have finished your Bachelor degree. Trust me.
- Get a calendar: This is your most important tool. With calendar I do not mean the TUGrazOnline calendar. I mean a calendar, in which you enter your commitments yourself.
- If you were good in school: Be careful — university is different.
- If you were bad in school: Trust your abilities, work hard, and you will succeed.
- For your first exams: Learn more than you think that you need to learn. If you succeed during your first exams, you get a huge boost and your increased selfesteem gets you going a long way.
- If you fail in one of your exams: There is no problem to fall, as long as you get up again.
- Keep breathing and eat healthy; then you don’t have to start smoking.
- If you already are a smoker: Never complain that you do not have enough money. And never stand in front of the door smoking where all non-smokers need to pass by. They don’t like you and then they avoid you. You might miss a good opportunity to meet a dedicated colleague.
- Keep away from alcohol from Monday morning to Friday evening. You are allowed to drink one alcoholic drink on Saturday. This is no joke. Let others try out alcohol – just watch them how they behave – and see how most of them lose in the long run. I have seen all too many of them in my life.
A remark for all the elder students out there reading this: If you want to add a remark here, be positive. This announcement is for first semester students only. I will not publish your sour comments.
By the way: I wonder how many elder students would agree that it would have helped to start strong in the first semester. And I wonder how many elder students lost a year by missing the first wave.