Study habits

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Study habits

Getting to know you how and when you do your best work is part of being a student. What does it take? How much time and effort do I need? What do I need beside my studies to feel good?  

How you work best

Try to be aware of when and where you study more efficiently.  Is it alone or with others, in silence or with activity around you? Are you more efficient in the morning or the evening?  Finding the study techniques that works best for you may require some time. Your previous study habits may still work well for you. But if not, try other approaches to the curriculum.

Syllabus overview

Read the learning outcomes for your courses and browse the course syllabus headlines. Read introductory and summary paragraphs. Find other sources to increase the insight of the subjects that can result in a better understanding. Try to relate the syllabus to your own interests for increased motivation.  The video is about getting an overview and has English texting.


Plan your time

Make plans and organise your time

Find a balance between the time you spend on studies and leisure activities. The better the balance, the better the result. The video is about planning and has English texting.

Get the most out of lectures

Get the most out of lectures

Prepare for 10 minutes ahead of lectures to gain better understanding of topics discussed. Read the chapter headlines, chapter summary or go through the lectures notes if available. Take notes of important keywords or questions that is useful when revising the study material later. Aim to participate by asking questions.


Repetition is a key factor in learning. Make mind maps, and write your own notes and summaries. Engage in discussions with fellow students that can provide greater understanding and new perspectives. Make time for repetition in your weekly schedule.

Get started!

Do you have trouble starting? Decide to start with just 10 minutes of work. Next time these 10 minutes might turn into 30 minutes or longer, and you are on a roll. However, do remember to give yourself well-deserved breaks. Arrange video meetings with fellow students, to study together or for just getting started.

Check out our e-course about concentration and focus.

Semester plan and weekly plan

Semester plan

Illustration of semester plan and link to a fill-in form

Fill in: For larger events like dates for examinations, important deadlines and holidays

Weekly plan

Illustration of a weekly plan and link to a fill-in form

Fill in: For tasks and projects you need to complete the coming week, like chapter reviews, exercises, smaller projects or repetition. Make the plan specific and realistic, and remember to add breaks and leisure activities. Make a plan each week and assess whether the workload is too high  - or not high enough.

Counselling at NTNU

Counselling at NTNU

The student adviser at your study programme is your primary contact for questions regarding your studies.

If you want to talk to someone about other subjects, i.e. special needs accommodation or physical or mental health, please find an overview of all counselling services at NTNU in the link below.

Student guidance at NTNU

Counselling for NTNU students

Career counselling

For current students, applicants and recent NTNU graduates. The career service at NTNU Career are for students only. PhD and Post Doc are to be considered employees at NTNU.

Book free 45 minutes counselling for:

  • Feedback on CV / cover letter
  • Choosing a career path
  • How to map your competence
  • The job search process

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