Overcrowded lecture theaters, hardly any personal contact with the professors, a lack of overview of the really important things in the study – many students have already known this problem since the first semester. So what is needed to study successfully under these conditions?
The “art” of communication
The “art” is not to go down in the crowd and actively seek contact with the professors. These often care for dozens of students, a close and personal advice is hardly possible in these circumstances. It is all the more important to stand out from the crowd. This already starts with the communication. Starting an e-mail with “hello Prof.” usually does not go down well with the addressees, but in practice is not that rare. Here it is important to observe the basic rules of etiquette and to make digital communication as if it were a formal cover letter. An e-mail that begins with “Dear Professor …” is usually also read – and perhaps even answered.
The office hours at the university
If the professor does not respond to the e-mails, his consultation should be used. This is a good way to seek personal advice anyway. Here is the old wisdom: There are no stupid questions, only stupid answers. Nevertheless, good preparation should take place to ask the “right” questions. Although many basic information about studying (opening hours of the library, feedback after the semester break, etc.) can be easily found out. But professors are more likely to be the appropriate contact for technical questions. Ask in-depth questions about the lecture, so that you show professional interest and stand out positively – and who regularly takes the office hours, will remain in the memory of the professor.
Let’s give you literature tips, show self-interest by proposing topics at an early stage and thus show that you are really interested in the field of study. If a professor is not available for a long time, contact the secretary or ask the dean’s office. Nobody can deny you the right to advice. Conversely, this means that every appointment with teachers should be carefully prepared. This not only saves valuable time, but shows your own initiative and cooperation. If one day the planning of the final thesis is due, you will positively remember it. A good basis for successfully completing your studies as part of the bachelor thesis or master’s thesis.