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Offers for study beginners

Welcome and information talk

At the beginning of each term, there are two events for our new master students:

  • an informal welcome where you can get to know each other as well as the staff of the Bachelor-Master office, and

  • an information talk where the study programme, the modules offered, the examination regulations, the mentoring programme, etc., are explained in detail.

For the time being, these events take place as Zoom web conferences. In order to attend such conferences you need a device with internet access, microphone and camera. The Zoom software needs to be downloaded but it will not be necessary that you register an account.

The weldome get-together is scheduled shortly before the lecture period begins, in the winter semester 2021/22 on

  • Friday 8 October 2021, 9.00 to 10.00 a.m.

The Information talk takes place on the first day of the lecture period, in the winter semester 2021/22 on

  • Monday 11 October 2021, 8.00 to 10.00 a.m.

The information given in the talk can be read up in our presentation.

'Ersti-Scout' for study beginners

Even under normal conditions, it is not easy to start studying. However, due to corona restrictions, the start of the winter semester 2021/22 will still be quite different from normal. For this reason, the Bonn Mathematics Department hired a student to help new beginners get started in mathematics studies.

Simon KorswirdOur  Ersti-Scout in the winter semester 2021/22 is Simon Korswird (Bachelor Mathematik).

The Ersti-Scout is available for any questions. Even if he is not a Master's student as yet, he can answer general questions. And if he can't help, then he knows who you should turn to! On several evenings at 8 p.m. (sharp) he will offer question time via Zoom (link see below):

  • Mon 18 October
  • Mon 25 October
  • Mon 15 November
  • Tue 7 December
  • more dates as required.
Meeting-ID: 950 4438 0533
Code: Ersti2021

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    Student mentoring

    Students in the 2nd or higher semester offer student mentoring to all beginners. This student mentoring program is an additional offer which is strictly voluntary and does not relate to academic issues.

    Mentor and mentee meet once or twice at the beginning of the program in a relaxed atmosphere (in person or online) and talk about starting their studies. The mentors are personal contacts for questions about studying Mathematics. This does not involve technical questions or tasks from the exercises. Rather, the following topics can be addressed, for example:

    • How do I get started in the program? Studierende Wiese
    • Are there any particularities about the Master's program in Bonn I should be aware of?
    • Where can I find suitable literature?
    • Where can I find help if I have subject-related problems?
    • What can I do if I feel overwhelmed, when there is hardly any free time left?
    • What places should I know in Bonn for leisure time outside of Mathematics?

    You are certainly not alone with many questions and problems at the start of your studies, many other students have these just like you. The mentoring meetings can make your start easier and help you to orientate yourself in Bonn Mathematics. 

    If you would like a mentor, please register by sending an email including your name and email address to [Email protection active, please enable JavaScript.].

    Academic mentoring program

    Upon admission to the Master's program you are assigned to a professor of your indicated major area as your academic mentor. Your mentor will help you to design your optimal study plan.

    • In the first days of the lecture period the mentors will organize a joint meeting with all their mentees in order to introduce the lectures and seminars of the upcoming term. You can ask questions concerning your academic planning of the semester.

    • At the end of the first semester, you will have an obligatory individual counselling with your mentor. You will talk about if your study start went well, if you encountered any difficulties, and how you plan to continue your studies.

    • Normally this is the end of the mentoring, unless you and your mentor agree that the mentoring should be continued for another semester.

    You can see in BASIS who your academic mentor is by logging in and clicking "Info on exams/internships". If you have any questions concerning the organization of the mentoring program please address them to the Bachelor-Master Office.

    Description of the Academic Mentoring Program

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