As a student, you have freedoms, but at the same time responsibilities as well as course selection and structuring of your course schedule. For this initiative is required. How well you manage your studies basically depends on how well you can organize as well as motivate yourself, get involved and learn.
Where can I get my timetable: students need to put their individual timetable together themselves? Normally, the module handbook for every course provides information on the classes that one needs to attend and what one needs to pass in order to graduate. These include compulsory courses as well as electives where one can choose from different offers. The “Kommentierte Vorlesungsverzeichins” or Annotated course catalog, the course schedule as well as the course and examination regulations may also help one put together their timetable.
What kinds of classes are there: the term ‘class” describes a teaching unit as part of a university course. These are different types of classes. Some are theoretical, others are practical or discursive. The key class types are:
Lectures: These are basically classes in a lecture room where the lecturer holds a presentation on a certain topic for one and a half hours. It generally has a huge audience with little or no discussion.
Seminars: These are where students discuss academic topics and issues amongst each other and also together with the lecturer often with student presentations.
Practical classes: Where students supplement lectures and seminars with a practical section whereby the complete supervised exercise or apply the previously taught scientific methods.
Tutorials: here students review the learning material with students from higher semesters, the so-called tutors who answer questions as well as provide tips on the exam content.
E-learning: It is a place where one can look out for either missed out information or more information n which one might require through classes or learning materials which are made available on online platforms by some professors or lecturers.
Practical laboratory classes: Where one learns the basics of scientific experimentation by experimenting which is included in the science courses.
Service learning: This is an entirely new method of teaching in Germany which originated in the USA where students apply the knowledge gained at their university projects.
Time consuming studies: Classes not only require your presence but also require preparation and follow-ups. The course also includes time-consuming methods of examinations, such as presentation, term papers and test. For these several weeks of preparation time should be scheduled.
What about one’s performance: The course is basically divided into several modules which consist of coordinated classes. There content and organization encapsulate the subject as a whole. However, a distinction is made between compulsory modules which one needs to attend and pass as well as electives where one can choose from various offers. Optional modules allow you to attend classes from other subjects.
What are credit points: A student who successfully completes a module receives a specific number of credit points and tests. The specific requirements, content and structure are regulated in the examination regulations. The credit points do not provide information on one’s grade, but only confirm that the student has completed a module which lets one know as to how far advanced they are in their course.
For example, a student acquires 180 credits points as a part of a six semester bachelors’ degree. The courses are generally structures so that one has to achieve 30 credits points per semester in order to complete their degree within the standard course duration. This provides the student a workload of 30 hours for each credit points.