Overcoming Exam Nerves

There are lots of different kinds of exams: sometimes written and open, sometimes multiple choice, or even oral examinations. Depending on the type of exam you are preparing for, various strategies can help to reduce nerves – if you have any that is. The thought of the upcoming exams is enough to raise the pulse rate of even the coolest student. And those who tend towards procrastination now have to start worrying about all the things they still have to do. The term exam nerves doesn’t...
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A short guide on how to get through the BAföG jungle

The stated aim of the German Federal Training Assistance Act (BAföG) is that it “enables all young people to choose the training that suits their own personal interests, irrespective of their families’ financial means”. But the route to receiving this financial support is often long and difficult. Anyone thinking of applying for BAföG automatically thinks of endless forms, gathering proof of income and having to make incessant telephone calls because some important piece of information is mi...
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Learn how to learn at university – strategies for better grades

When learning is frustrating. Picture by pixabay.comLearn how to learn? We have been doing that at school for years. Read through your notes a few times, highlight a few bits and pieces and you already know everything you need to. Yeah right. The reality at university is a bit different. By the time you reach the last third of the semester at the latest your course notes will have exploded in quantity. Only a few students will admit it, but studying at university means you have to learn a lo...
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Don’t get bogged down – 5 tips for improving your self-organization skills

Self-organization might sound a bit over the top, like arranging your pens according to color or being overly pedantic; but most of all, it sounds like a lot of hard work. Ultimately, only geniuses truly have control over the chaos. Searching for the necessary documents is generally an interesting challenge that has to be overcome just in time to meet that next deadline. And a challenge is a great learning experience anyway, isn’t it? Self organization is a sensitive topic in some circle...
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Key Skills at University

Students usually have more than enough to do, what with lectures and seminars, assignments and tutorials, as well as the individual preparatory and follow-up work required for university courses. Furthermore, it is also often necessary to have one or even two part-time jobs in order to pay for rent and study materials. Time is a luxury that one simply can’t afford. And anyway, it’s also important to have a life outside of uni. Isn’t it? Depending on the course, key skills are sometimes ma...
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