Every year a new group of econometricians come into EUR, and, inevitably, a few of those econometricians leave EUR. Since the prospects of success might seem daunting to new students, Estimator has compiled a few study tips to make going through the first year a bit more bearable.
1) Do not get distracted early on
When you first come into University, it is easy to get distracted. There is a wide range of clubs, associations, and events available. While partying and enjoying extracurricular activities might be fun, do take into account that blocks are only 8 weeks long.
2) Find out where you enjoy studying the most
On-campus there are many study spots, Polak, G-Building, Mandeville, University Library, and many others. While Mandeville and Polak are closer to SPAR, the University Library gives you more privacy. Do consider what you value most, and pick the best study spot for your taste. Studying at home, of course, is also always an option.
Link with all EUR study spaces, opening availability, and house rules: https://www.eur.nl/en/library/using-library/studying
Side note: Be respectful and use "share your chair." There is a shortage of study spots, especially during the interfaculty exam season.
3) Always attend the first week of lectures
You never know if they will be useful or not, might as well give it a go.
4) If you need answers, previous exams, book pdfs or summaries, take a look at 'Studeersnel(StuDocu).'
Studeersnel(StuDocu) is a platform where students upload past papers, assignments, and summaries. Generally, all reoccurring homework answers will be there, which can be quite helpful if you need a small derivation to move on with your work. Past exams (which professors are often hesitant to share) will also be there. Do take into account that lecturers change, and so do their exams. If something is not on StudeerSnel(StuDocu), try study drive.
Link for StudeerSnel: https://www.studeersnel.nl/
Link for Study Drive: https://www.studydrive.net/
5) EFR, IBEB's student association, sells summaries at the Study store
While this is more relevant if you are pursuing the double bachelor, it is worth noticing that there are IBEB courses in the econometrics curriculum. Those summaries tend to get great reviews, and they go around for 5 euros.
Link on where to find the study store, opening hours, and suppliers: https://www.eur.nl/en/services/bookshop-studystore
6) Talk to the study advisors if you need them
If you are having difficulties, it is worth talking to the study advisors. They keep track of your study progress personally and tend to give great advice. Cases of people making through the first year without 60 credits are not unheard of, and, if it comes to it, your advisor will be the one to vouch for you. Hence, in case you suffering from 'extraordinary circumstances,' establishing communication with advisors early on might make all the difference. You may also always contact the university psychologist if your study adviser deems it necessary.
Link for appointments, walk-in hours and telephone hours with the Study Advisors: https://www.eur.nl/en/ese/education/practical-matters/study-advisers
Link for appointments, availability and hours of university psychologists: https://www.eur.nl/en/education/practical-matters/advice-counselling/university-psychologists
Finally, never give up. There is always free FAECTOR coffee at the office to help you go through exam season.