Your syllabus is the document that highlights what’s going to happen in class that upcoming semester. The syllabus gives you an overview of what you’re going to learn in the class, gives you your professor’s contact information and office hours.
So, once you get your syllabus what do you do with it? Do you just throw it away or hold on to it and not do anything with it? Today I’m going to tell you what to do once you get your syllabus.
Make note of your professor’s office hours and contact information.
If the syllabus is available online take a look at it before class starts. Don’t print it out, you’re most likely going to get a copy on the first day unless your professor says otherwise.
- Transfer the upcoming two weeks onto your agenda. I suggest only two weeks because most likely the syllabus class schedule is bound to change once the semester begins. Maybe a class is being pushed or a chapter is being skipped. As the weeks go on then you can transfer each week’s activities and homework onto your agenda.
- Go over any extra credits available and your professor’s classroom policies.
- Check what textbooks/materials you need for that class. If you already bought the books then you can see if you bought the right one.
- Hold onto the syllabus. What I do at the beginning of the semester is hole punch all my syllabus’ and put them in a binder as a reference. You can also keep it in a folder or the front of your notebook so that you always have it on you. The syllabus is there to give you an overview of the class.