Believe me I know the first day of class is boring. The lecture is nothing but class expectations and rules and regulations…
You won’t remember all the ins and outs of class, so turn instead to your syllabus. Though you may think your syllabus is not important, it’s the backbone of your semester.
Make the Wise Choice | keep reading because we’re going to talk about 6 Things to Do with it..
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1) Read for Important Info
Remember parents saying, reading is fundamental, its true.
Underline Contact Info & Office Hours of Professors– Write your professor’s email in your planner notes for easy access.
Allotted absences– For each professor it varies how many classes you may miss before it lowers your grade.
Highlight Essays, Quizzes, Tests, , Holidays, & Exams
Match Dates of aforementioned with corresponding dates in an academic planner (August – June)
2) Check Required Textbooks & Reading Materials
For each textbook write or copy and paste:
Other Required Course/Access Codes
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3) Color Code Your Classes
Seeing color and organization just makes it more fun and functional. Adulting can be fun.
Use a different colored pen to write your classes in your planner.
Eventually this will help you decide which classes to dedicate the most time to…divided by due date.
I also use a different color-coding system when highlighting: notes, keywords and phrases, and important dates.
My tips on how to take notes (even if you never had to) here.
4)Make a Schedule From Your Syllabi
From your syllabus you will create two different schedules: one for classes and one for assignments. You may need printouts, as professors may ask to see your schedule.
But FOR YOU create a visual hour by hour representation of what your day to day life will be once classes begin.
Pay attention to class locations and numbers
Word to the Wise: Check Emails for any Last Minute Class Changes
5) Find Assignment Outlines or Create one
Typically instructors include a copy of what assignments are due and when.
Word to the Wise: Write Assignment Deadlines EARLY in planner to guarantee yourself extra time (if you have it)
Deadlines | Assignment Name
For Example: Mon. Feb. 8th 8AM | HW Chapter 1-3
Cross it off the list once you finish
6) Save Your Syllabus
If you followed Step 3, put this Assignment Outline at the beginning of the corresponding class notes, punch holes, and place your binder if needed.
As you finish, cross it off the syllabus
Best feeling ever and you’ll stay ahead of the game.
Other Wise Words
I never try to carry too much at any given time so I would recommend one 2-2.5 Inch Avery Binder with 8 colorfully divided tabs, each classes syllabus and then sections for written notes.
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