Original post is written by Frida Boge, Alireza Khosravi, Jennifer Raines – First year MSc students, modified by Tzu-Wei Yang – Second year BBA student for the bachlor’s level.
Whether you are coming directly after high school or from the working world, the transition to becoming a bachelor’s student can be challenging. Here are some helpful tips we wish we had known before starting at BI.
1. Join tutoring session provided by BI.
BI arranges tutoring sessions for first year bachelor students. These sessions are held by students who are in master level or in their second or third year of study . In these evening sessions you get to review different subjects each week, ask questions that you didn’t get to ask in class, solve exercises together with others or practice past exams with your classmates. Tutoring sessions are not mandatory, but it is a good way to practice and review subjects.
2. Get familiar with BI’s grading and exam policies
Well before exam time, get familiar with BI’s grading and exam rules so you know what to expect. Some of BI’s exams take place through a digital exam system called DigiX that allows students to submit answers online. For these types of exams, deadlines are strict and non-negotiable, so make sure you know how to submit and that your computer doesn’t experience any problems on the page before last minute! There are also paper examinations at BI that may take place on BI’s campus or at other locations in Oslo. Make sure you understand where to report for each exam (ask the Master’s Administration, if you are ever unsure). For these types of exams you are required to record answers in triplicate on special carbon paper packets. Take care to set aside completed sheets so you don’t inadvertently write over them and remember to separate the sheets by color when you hand them in.
3. Review past exams and grading guideline
All students have access to past exams and grading guidelines. Reviewing grading guideline allows you to understand what is expected from the exam, and to which level of understanding students should have from the course. Doing past exams give you the chance to test your knowledge and be familiar with the questions. It is a very useful way to review right before exams, however, one should never rely completely on past exams. The ultimate way of getting a good grade in an exam is having a thorough understanding of the content taught in class and the subject itself.
4. Reflect on how you learn
All courses are stuffed full of information and no two people absorb the information in the same way. Spend some time reflecting on the study techniques that work best for you to avoid feeling overwhelmed the first few weeks. For example, do you remember more when you take notes by hand or on your computer? Or maybe you thrive by just listening in class and reviewing the lecture slides afterwards? If you know you benefit from studying in a group, be aware that you can book group rooms in the library. Or, if you prefer to study alone, spend some time finding prime spots to focus (like the quiet room on campus).
5. Develop stress reduction techniques
No matter how well prepared you are, your program may still be stressful! Come armed with some strategies to handle that stress. Try exercise (there is a SIO Athletica gym on BI’s campus), yoga, meditation, taking a walk, reading novels or cooking a dinner with friends. Ultimately, your study should be challenging but also enjoyable!