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I went for Comp Sci. (B.Sc, two M.Sc. and a PhD). The most important part ist finding your own personal learning type. Theres a distinction between those who learn best listening to lectures, reading textbooks, explaining a topic to others, etc. Start by finding what suits you best.
Here are the things that helped me most (after years of trial and error):
I have an e-ink tablet (Boox Max 3) that I use for note taking with a stylus. The advantage is that I can organize all of my “notebooks” in one device while being less distracting than a laptop. Because it is nice and large, I can read PDF’s and manga on it very comfortably. It is an Android device, so I can also run apps like Google Docs, which I use for recipes. It’s possible to use it with a keyboard, but I’ve never had great success with that setup.
So much this. I wouldn’t have gotten through school - especially my toughest topics - without friends to discuss the material with.
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One was in general Comp Sci., the other focused on Statistics and Data Science, which was a brand new (basically unknown) field at the time. Good thing was, I was able to transfer more than half my credits to this program, so I only had to do the few math/statistics focused ones (and a second thesis).
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That is highly dependent on your University / program. I went to a German Uni where you can often show Professors your transcript of classes and they can acknowledge them for the program.
It helped that both Masters were at the same department and many courses / Professors overlapped.