Mastering your student life

Mastering your student life is about more than identifying the optimal study techniques; it is about how to manage being a student all over. Life at university can be challenging, and to make your time as a student easier and more enjoyable, you need to feel good and thrive both in your home and at campus.

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  1. Balance and planning
  2. Motivation
  3. The Social Life
  4. When things are tough
  5. Contact

Balance and Planning 

Most of us needs a good balance between work and leisure time to thrive. Making an overview of how you spend your time can help you structure your daily life and become more effective. Read more about planning under study techniques. Make the plan specific and realistic, and remember to add breaks and leisure activities.


Motivation is important to accomplish your goals. If your motivation is low, try to remind yourself why you started this education. Find the connection between your subjects and your personal interests. Get an overview of the curriculum, create small and achievable objectives and vary how you work. Do not wait for motivation to get started, but start the work and let the motivation catch up with you. Just doing something at all may create a desire to both do and learn more. Expectations from others may be a source for motivation, so it may be a good idea to arrange study groups with fellow students.

The Social Life 

Feeling good socially is good for motivation. Try to get to know your fellow students. Set up meetings and work together with the courses and assignments if possible. This is a great way to start working and may contribute to new perspectives. Moreover, it is pleasant as well! If you would rather work alone, arrange to meet others for lunch or coffee. Maybe you want to make new friends or find interesting leisure activities in one of  NTNU’s many student organizations. The University is a great place to meet people that share the same values and interests as you, and to create new relations. Do try to include other (and maybe less extrovert) classmates to take part in your study or lunch group.

When things are tough 

If life at the university is difficult, it can be nice to talk to someone in a confidential and supportive environment. You can talk to your student counselor at your study program or with counselors at NTNU Career.

Examples of topics in the conversations:

  • Motivation
  • Mastering the student life
  • How to balance studies and leisure
  • Study techniques
  • Exam skills
  • Help you plan stressful periods
  • Student life
  • Have I chosen the right program? How to choose again?
  • Someone to talk to or help to organize your mind

The student adviser is your primary contact for questions regarding your studies, how to tackle life as a student, or career matters. You can also talk to counsellors at NTNU Career

Read more about the student guidance at NTNU.


Do you have questions or need counselling? Contact NTNU Career.
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