First year

Some things to know before starting with first year of medical school

When I started med school, I was clueless about what I was getting myself into. Nobody in my family is a doctor so no one could give me any advice as to how to tackle my first year here. I still remember my first day of medical school, my first lecture was anatomy. The professor …

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Mentoring for freshmen at CTU

The current coronavirus pandemic and strict lockdown is probably the most difficult for freshmen. While older students already know how the university system works, it can be challenging for new students as they didn’t have time to properly adapt to academic environment and get to know their classmates and teachers. To help their freshmen, Czech …

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How to write good essays as a freshman

Writing good essays can be difficult and even scary especially in your freshmen year when you don’t know what your professors expect of you. Essays at university are very different from the papers you were producing at secondary school so some preparation is necessary. However, when you get the hang of it, writing essays will …

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Freshmen welcome ceremonies

The first-year student welcome ceremony, the first-bell ringing or a so-called “freshmen baptism.” All these terms refer to the same event that takes place at almost every university in the Czech Republic. You shouldn’t miss it. In many Czech cities, this event became a tradition accompanied with a spectacular celebration during which university freshmen are …

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How to study at a university without going crazy

Don’t just expect that somebody else will force you to study. You’re an adult now so people at a university will treat you accordingly. Attending lectures and studying is voluntary and teachers won’t ask you exam questions in front of the whole class anymore or check that you revised the study material from the previous …

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The first year is the most critical for college freshmen

If you manage to pass your first year at a university, the chance that you actually reach your finals (and hopefully even pass them successfully) doubles. At least the statistical data released by the Ministry of Education say so. Over the last 13 years, the number of students who successfully finish their first year at …

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