Being a student in Germany can be a culture shock. Depending on the school you went to back home, you might require a bit of help especially in the way Germans explain things
If you are in a German University, you might have noticed that professors rarely take the time to try and explain stuff in detail. Most professors don’t mind speaking jargon no-one understands, with most arguing that if you are at a University, you should actually understand….lol…you’d think going to a Uni means you come with the software installed. Anyhu, for those of you who are like me and might require resources that tend to explain from the known to the unknown, here are some of the ones that helped me through my time at Uni.
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Online Courses aka Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
In the beginning it was only one, now they are numerous. Basically how these work is, you enroll for a course on a specific subject and you have lessons every week. Depending on the course, each week you might have a lecture (uploaded as a video), some papers or related literature you should read on, some quizes and/or a project. Some of these include:
- Khan Academy
- The Open University
You might not believe it, but there are some pretty great lectures (full length and summarised versions) that will such drive the point home better. Also, considering there are numerous people solving the same issue, you also tend to learn tricks and easier methodologies of solving problems especially for mathematical problems. Some Universities have youtube channels where they upload their videos e.g.
- MIT Open Course Ware
- Cambridge University
- Edinburg University
- Singularity University
- Havard University
There are also individuals who upload videos explaining specific topics. You can simply search for the topic and choose the best option from the search results.
iTunes University (iTunes U)
To use the iTunes U, you’ll need to download iTunes if you’re using a windows pc. If you are on a mac, iphone, iPod or iPad, you can access iTunes without having to download anything. Various Universities upload their coursework on iTunes U including:
- Harvard University
- The Open University
- Stanford University
- UC Berkley
Do you use online resources to help you study? Which ones? Please share in the comments below.