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When you studied in secondary school, you followed a structured learning mode with much guidance and directions given by your teachers. When you study in university, you need to take the initiative and responsibility for enriching your learning experience with comparatively fewer classes and less guidance given by the professors. Here are some basic tasks for helping you to have a good start of your learning journey at HKBU.

1. Know your goals

Ask yourself. What are your values and priorities for being a university student? If you have a good understanding of your goals, you can make better planning on how to balance your time on studying, social life and other extra-curricular activities.
2. Know the requirements

Different programmes have different requirements, and so do different universities. Get a clear understanding of the requirements of both HKBU and the programme you study, so that you can plan ahead what courses to take in each semester.
3. Know your responsibility

To do well academically in university, you need to have sufficient self-discipline and be proactive in your studying. Using a daily planner can be helpful to prioritise and schedule your tasks. Also, spare time for preparing the lectures and doing the readings so that you can master the subjects more effectively. With better planning and time management, you can have a satisfying learning experience.
4. Know your support system

You can form self-study groups with your classmates so as to get better insights and support during your learning journey. You can also talk to senior students or peer mentors for learning tips. Do seek advice from your tutors or professors if you encounter difficulties on your study. You can always email them your concerns and arrange a meeting with them.
5. Know your resources

There are plenty of resources available in HKBU, which you can utilize them for enriching your learning. For example, familiarise with the library services for doing better research; familiarise with the University’s facilities for creating a good study environment; explore courses at our Language Centre for improving your English and Chinese; meet your Academic Mentor for seeking advice; or make an appointment with a Psychological Counsellor for learning better study skills.

In addition, below are some useful reference materials available online for helping you to study in a more effective way:

  1. Study and Examination Skills
    I Know The Material, But When I Take The Test I Go Blank! – Kansas State University
    Study Strategies – Kansas State University
  2. Note taking
    Note-taking – Darmouth College
    Taking Lecture Notes – University of Illinois at Chicago
  3. Concentration
    Concentration – University of Illinois at Chicago
    Improving Your Concentration – Kansas State University