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5 lies that will make you unsuccessful and unhappy in your studies

by Tim Reichel

How is your studies going?

Could it be better or are you reaching your full potential?

Are you happy or is everything annoying at the moment?

I work with students on a daily basis, listen to their concerns and solve all sorts of problems with them.

Often, however, it is not really problems that limit you and your fellow students in your studies. Most of it takes place in one's own head. Because they are always the same lyingthat limit you.

But you can do more.

That is why we will now unmask the 5 biggest lies that will make you unsuccessful and unhappy in your studies.


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Lie # 1: Only the grade counts

If I were to ask you now what your goal is in your studies: what would you answer then? Honestly.

  • A personal development
  • Find interesting work areas
  • Build a large network
  • Good grades

Sure, every point is important and of course you want to achieve all of it as best you can. But when I talk to students and ask what their goal is in their studies, the answer comes from 95%: Finish with a good grade.

Don't get me wrong: I don't mind good grades, and high, quantifiable goals are a good thing. But you mustn't limit yourself to that in isolation.

It's not just about the grades in your studies.

Notes are nothing more than numbers. They are measuring instruments that record a small part of your performance in a small period of time. And mostly influenced subjectively by the examiner.

Strictly speaking, grades are unfair and unrealistic.

If you let yourself be persuaded in this context that your grades are the most important thing in your studies and that you absolutely have to belong to the top X%, you are making yourself a slave to a stupid system.

And that makes you unhappy.

In the long run, you will not be successful if you only look at the grades and study exclusively for good exam results. That makes you at most one of those horny students who actually have to be geniuses, but can just keep up mentally with a toast when it comes to content-related discussions.

You don't want to be like that.


Lie # 2: Your fellow students are way better than you

They exist at every university: students who pretend to be the brightest, know everything and have their studies perfectly under control.

But that's not true.

Each of your fellow students is just as clueless and insecure as you are. Nobody is better or worse.

In principle, everyone has the same opportunities to be successful in their studies. Of course, some of them have better financial resources and can concentrate more on university than on their part-time jobs.

But that's not what I mean here.

What I want to tell you is, just because the people to your left and right are louder and more extroverted doesn't make them better students. Just because they know the lecturer through vitamin B or are in some fucking student association, they don't automatically have more success.

Don't let yourself be persuaded that you are worse than your classmates.

A little competition doesn't hurt, but there is absolutely no need to feel inferior. Because that subconsciously builds up barriers that limit your capabilities.


Lie # 3: You have to study every free minute

Your studies are tough. I know. Bachelor-master system, credit points, a million exams. Besides, everyone studies nowadays and that's why there is immense competition.

You can only manage the whole thing if you meticulously prepare and follow up each lecture, talk extensively with the seminar leader and repeat each exercise three times.

Every free minute has to be used, right?

Not correct!

Even if the workload has grown in modern degree programs, how you use your working hours is still up to you.

That's also the nice thing about studying: You can decide for yourself what to do and when. DECIDE YOURSELF.

Not your hard-working lecturer, not the media, not mom and dad. You.

You decide for yourself when and how much you work for the university.

And instead of really wasting every minute of the day on some insane repetition of lecture material, you'd better get into the habit of learning productively and efficiently at a fixed time.

You don't have to give up all of your free time and sacrifice your private life for university. Not even during the examination phase or before submitting your thesis.


Lie # 4: You are not smart enough

This lie gets on my nerves the most.

If someone tries to convince you that you are not smart enough for your studies or that you will not understand the contents of the lecture anyway, you must by no means believe them.

You are smart enough.

And even if you are not ready at this moment, you still have the chance to acquire the knowledge through hard and clever study.

By the way, you don't have to be particularly smart if you want to complete your studies successfully.

Success in college doesn't have much to do with intelligence.

Of course, it helps if you weren't thrown up three times as a child and only caught twice. But you don't have to be a genius to get a masters degree.

I even have one.

And if there should be setbacks for you, in my experience it is not due to a lack of intelligence, but rather to poor organization or a lack of interest in the subject.

You therefore rather need a healthy work ethic, a strong will and sufficient motivation.

This means that studying always works.


Lie # 5: You have to study in the standard period of study

Just finish your studies quickly.

A maximum of 10 semesters at the university. Better less.

Our education system gives us the standard period of study, i.e. how long we should normally study. But what is the "normal case"? And is it even good to be "normal"?

Don't let the information about the standard period of study drive you crazy.

You have probably already thought about how long you want to study. But have you already secretly considered reasons for justifying why you didn’t complete your master’s degree in 4 semesters? What should your future employer think?

It is not at all bad if you cannot keep your standard study time and study 2-3 semesters longer.

It is only important that you use your time in your studies wisely. And makes sense is a very flexible term. These alternatives are good reasons to deviate from the standard period of study:

  • Additional modules
  • Internships
  • voluntary work
  • Committee work
  • Part-time job
  • Semester abroad

You don't have to complete your studies using a pre-made template. You can do whatever you want out of your studies. And that can take a little longer.


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We have uncovered the 5 biggest lies that can ruin your success in your studies and make you unhappy.

From now on, be on your guard and don't fall for these rumors and falsehoods anymore. Don't let these lies unsettle you and drag you down.

Studying is not a secret art.

It's work.

And you can shape this work according to your own wishes and live it out as you see fit. With the right mindset, your studies can be one of the most beautiful times in your life.

It just depends on what you make of it.


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