Why don't geniuses have to learn

Not just for geniuses

"I would like to do biorobotics. And that is quite time-consuming, because you have to study many subjects at the same time. So I wanted to do a little preparatory work during my school days so that I don't have to study so much afterwards. I'm doing this summer semester now and I really want to finish it bring me, also make the exam. "

Gregory Posner is 16 and is in 10th grade. He is one of around 80 students who are interested in early studies at the Technical University of Berlin. From the summer semester, April 16, the TU is offering "Studying from 16" for the second time, according to Vice President Johann Köppel:

"The aim of this program is to introduce high-performing and motivated students to everyday academic life in order to pick up the thread in the core disciplines of the TU, in the natural and technical sciences, at an early stage, and to give the students an impression of what is happening there will come towards them. "

Students can take courses such as analysis one and two for mathematicians or engineers, linear algebra, mechanics, construction, computer science or organic chemistry. A course lasts at least two hours per week, but on average six. This includes two to four hours of lectures and at least two hours of practice. Sometimes there are also several weeks of block seminars on the plan. says the project manager Uta Dobrinkat-Otte.

"They had four hours of chemistry for 14 days, and during this time they couldn't go to school in the morning, and the school then had to tell them what presentations they had to do for that time. That sort of thing always has to be regulated in detail become."

The students have to make up for missed lessons by giving presentations and homework. A double burden. Therefore, no one is allowed to participate in the program without the school's permission. Simply register yourself is not possible. The schools react very differently. Most of them, however, allow their studies and are proud of their students. For them, the transition to university level is sometimes accompanied by failure and frustration.

Dobrinkat-Otte: "There are many math geniuses in schools and, to their horror, they often fail Analysis 1 in the TU and then come to us for advice and are completely horrified. If you ask, it is of course the case that They didn't have to do anything at math school. If you are a math genius, you can do math. And at TU, even if you are a math genius, you have to cram, cram, cram for math. And that's what they learn only here. "

Last fall, 55 students started a course. After all, 48 have also completed it. Lars Wassermann, 18. He is also in the 13th grade, has taken part in the "Introduction to Computer Science 1" and even passed the exam.

"1.0. Well, that must have been full marks. I still have to pick up the certificate. I had no problem with the school. I only missed two hours of computer science and we hardly have any homework in this subject and didn't have any problems with the teacher either. "

If you find that it is getting too much for you, you can stop at any time. However, if you persevere and take a certificate, you can have it recognized if you continue your studies and thus shorten your studies. And if you have concerns about being too young for university at 16, Lars can reassure you.

"You don't attract attention either. Because there are a lot of differently weird figures walking around here."

Info: From April 16, just in time for the start of the summer semester, the second round of the "Studying from 16" program at the TU Berlin will begin. More information at www.studienberatung.tu-berlin.de.