Your TA or Professor will likely hand you a pretty long document on the first day of class, or maybe she’ll email it to you ahead of time. This document is your semester success checklist, and its called “The Syllabus.” Many students skip “syllabus week” (the first week of classes) or figure that they don’t really need to pay attention to the review of the syllabus. But, your teacher is handing you their road map to success this semester. The information you should pay close attention to?
The Professor’s Contact Information.
Office hours, a phone number, an email address- the professor is BEGGING you to ask them for help!
Guidelines For The Course.
What the teacher is expecting from you is written out in (hopefully) plain and simple English. This usually also covers what to do if you get sick and miss and exam or how to handle missing class for a holiday, so keep this safe for future reference.
Helpful information, to be put on a calendar ASAP! This will ensure you don’t forget until the professor reminds you the class before.
Weekly Readings and Assignments.
On some syllabi, this section is good to help you keep on track with what you need to be on top of. Think of it as the professor’s planner for you.
It’s really important to read the syllabus at the beginning of the school year so that you know how to conduct yourself for each course during the semester. It’s also important for you to KEEP the syllabus for each course, in readable condition (i.e. not at the bottom of your backpack) throughout the semester. Good luck with starting spring semester!