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International students

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You can find a lot of tips here that might inspire you during your study at Hasselt University.
Explore and use what works for you.

Besides the information in this brochure and the study tips on this page, a whole team of study coaches is here for you to guide you through your studies at Hasselt University.

Stress & anxiety |  Timemanagement |  Focus |  Break |  Motivation |  Study method |  Self-study |  Exam approach

Keeping your focus, how to get started?

As an international student studying abroad in a different educational system, it might be difficult to find your focus. If you want more information about how to keep your focus, have a look at these tips.

Try and find the best study location:
- You can study by yourself in your room
- You can go to the library on campus, in Diepenbeek
- You can study ‘together’ with friends or family via Skype or Google Hangouts. You can search for online study buddies on YouTube. 

Make sure your study space is well organised

Get rid of all distractions. Put your phone on airplane mode or put it away. Decide if you need your computer and if not don't forget to block tempting websites or apps. Put away your laptop the moments you don’t really need it. 

Ventilate your study room regularly.
Sufficient oxygen is essential for your brain to function properly.


Your brain needs occasional rest to keep performing.
After a well-chosen break, your concentration and focus are restored.

Use the Pomodoro Technique

This technique helps you to stay focused with a fixed schedule:

- blocks of 25 minutes of non-stop study time,
- followed by a short break of +/- 5 minutes.

→ More info via this infographic and this video (3’)

Tell your family and friends about your daily schedule.T
hat way, no one will disturb you while your studying and your focus will not be disrupted.
Maybe your environment can even support you and help you in your plans.

Alternate between your subjects or tasks.
Alternation prevents boredom and keeps you alert.

How do other students hold their concentration?
A student testifies (3') how she stays focused.


Your study coach remains accessible (appointments can be made via Google Meet) for your questions.