If you are anything like me, you find the beginning of the new semester exciting. I get new classes, new professors, a fresh start, more school supplies… I think you get the idea. I am no college pro, but overtime, I have come along a lot of tips that help when it comes to having a successful day of classes.
Do arrive early
First impressions are huge with professors and there is nothing worse than arriving late to the first day of the class. Not only is it disrespectful to the teacher but it is also rude to your fellow classmates. Since, it is the first day, it means you might have never been to this building or classroom. That is why it is important to know where your classes are ahead of time. I make sure that I know where each classroom is by doing a walk by the day before I actually have the class.
Don’t sit in the back of the class
Whether you are in a huge lecture hall or small class room, it is never a good idea to sit in the very back. Within the first week of school, everyone has mentally claimed their spot so you have to pick wisely when you first walk in the classroom. There is no need to sit in the very front row, but the middle will do just fine. When you sit in the back row, there are so many distractions and there is a big chance you might not be able to hear the teacher or see what is on the board.
Do read the course syllabus before hand
The best way to have a head start in all your courses is to throughly read the syllabus. That way when it comes to the first day of class, you will be prepared to ask any questions. Also, I have had it happen where work is actually do on the first day of class. Different teachers have different expectations that is why reading the syllabus before hand prepares you for what to expect.
Don’t Wait Last minute to buy text books
Although this does not apply to the first day, it is important that you buy or rent text books as soon as possible. Lots of professors want to get started right away and if it takes a week for your book to ship, that already puts you behind. At my college, we can find out our books ahead of time just by searching our course at the bookstore. I do some searching to find the best text-book prices and get them as soon as possible. Everyone has a different preference but I can not feel prepared for a course until I have my textbooks in hand.
Also last minute could simply mean, waiting a week after you got confirmation from the teacher. If you are going to wait, I would suggest buying them as soon as you are able to. That means, the day your teacher tells you what book to get, you should start looking up and purchasing that night.
Do exchange information with a buddy
Making a buddy in each of your classes is easier said than done, especially if you go to a big college. If not right away, make sure you have someone you can contact from each class incase you have any questions pertaining to the class. This is extremely helpful incase you miss a class or don’t understand something that your professor assigned.
Lastly dont procrastinate
If your professor assigns something right of the bat, get started on it as soon as possible. If you start slacking off in the beginning, it is going to be so hard to stay on track later on. I know when it comes to assigned reading, if I don’t read for first few assignments, staying up to date on my reading is a lost cause.
Keep these "Do's and Don'ts" in mind as you go into the new semester! Good luck :)