What an exciting time. It’s the start of your first semester at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Your campus is flooded with thousands of new students from around the world who will be starting their first year at university. For many students (and their parents), transitioning to university is an exciting yet daunting experience. Questions are racking your brain: Will I fit in? How will I make new friends? Am I going to survive my crazy hard Microeconomics course? Lix sat down with CBS student, Luna Fredensborg Jakobsen, who shared five study tips to help first-year students succeed in and out of the classroom. Let’s dig in.
Lix: What is one thing about CBS that every first-year student should know?
Luna: Studying at CBS takes a lot of self-discipline. Most of the study programs don’t have any tests or assignments before the final exam. This means that it’s your job to keep track of everything and make sure nothing falls through the cracks. This freedom is a new thing compared to high school, so make sure that you use it wisely!
Lix: What has helped you survive a tough semester?
Luna: When things started getting too overwhelming, I turned to my study friends. They are the only ones who know exactly what you are going through, so remember to use them—also for just blowing off some steam at Nexus (that’s the campus bar if you didn’t know)!
Lix: What techniques do you use when studying for a big exam?
Luna: I think it’s important to adjust your study techniques to the exact exam. Whether or not you’re able to bring notes and textbooks with you has a great impact on how you should study for the exam. If you’re supposed to remember a lot of different terms, make sure to make flashcards (either by hand or digitally). When studying for an oral exam, it’s a great idea to meet up with your friends and practice your pitch and different exam scenarios.
Lix: What do you recommend to students who are struggling to make friends at a new university?
Luna: I would definitely check out if the university had any social clubs! I know that CBS, for example, has a running club, wine tasting club, coffee club, etc. This is a great opportunity to meet some people that share the same interests as you and make some new friends.
Lix: What is the best advice you could give a first-year student?
Luna: Make sure to also have some fun! Join Nexus for a beer after class and hang out with your new classmates. This is also very beneficial for when you have to start group work—you’ll already have an idea of who you get along with. Also, don’t stress about not being able to read everything for every class. This is nearly impossible, so use your energy on learning how to skim the texts in a way that works best for you!
Remember, university isn’t just about studying hard in order to achieve one’s career goals. It’s also about making lifelong friendships and connections. So go grab university life by the horns and enjoy the ride! We are rooting for you and wishing you the best as you start your first year of university. And if you need some help organizing your studies, we’re just one click away!
Luna Fredensborg Jakobsen is a graduate student studying Brand Communication and Management at CBS. In need of some more tips? Check out A Student’s Guide to Cheap and Free Things to Do in Copenhagen, where Luna offers up some tips on where to eat, drink, shop and be entertained in Copenhagen on a student budget.