University students are expected to be able to act independently and take care of most practical matters on their own. But when you’re only just starting your studies, many things are probably new to you. It may take some time before you’re used to life as a university student, and sometimes you need some help. But you could also run into problems later on and you may find yourself wanting to talk to your study adviser. For instance when you have questions about your study programme, about studying, or about private matters that may be affecting your studies, such as:
- Doubts about your choice of study programme
- Which courses should I take this quarter?
- Studying is easy for me. I would like to do more, what should I do?
- I did very well in secondary school. Why am I failing so many exams now?
- I am a top-level athlete. Are there any schemes and provisions for me?
- I suffer from dyslexia, and am having trouble studying
It’s always a good idea to speak to your mentor or your study adviser if you have any questions. Your study adviser can also advise you on persons or organizations within or outside the university that may be able to help you.
As a first-year Mechanical Engineering student you are also assigned a mentor. This is one of the staff members from Mechanical Engineering, who is your first point of contact for questions/problems. At the start of the first year you will have a meeting with your mentor and (if necessary) more meetings will follow to discuss your study progress during the year.
You can make an appointment with your study adviser via et.planner.utwente.nl. These meetings generally take roughly 30 minutes. Sometimes it makes sense to make follow-up appointments.
If you have short questions, you could visit during the open office hour, which is on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 13:30. It is also possible to send (short) questions to the study adviser per email.
Everything you discuss with your study adviser is confidential. Information about you may only be shared with others if you have given permission and if there is a good reason to do so. Study advisers must adhere to the Code of Conduct of the National Association of Study Advisers (LVSA).