Syllabus Week, also sometimes known as “Silly Week,” is the first week of classes. Many college students use this time to drink and have fun. Even though it’s the least serious part of the semester, you should still pay attention or you might miss out on important information.
Typically each professor will start the semester off by going over the expectations for the class. Some professors read the syllabus word for word (annoying), while others tell you to read the syllabus on your own. These are also the professors that will likely start lecturing right away. Crazy, right? Professors that actually want to start teaching the first day of class! It’s annoying, but some will do it.
Syllabus week can determine how the rest of your semester will go. Here are some tips to make sure your semester gets off on the right track.
- Read the syllabus. Pay attention if your professor is going over it in class, or read it through thoroughly if you’re expected to read it on your own time. You don’t want to risk missing an important due date because you didn’t read the syllabus.
- Ask questions. Professors have different policies, so if you’re confused about something, ask!
- Keep the syllabus handy. I always have the syllabus printed out and in a folder or binder for each of my classes. I refer to the syllabus throughout the semester. Don’t rely on a professor to print out a syllabus for you. It’s not high school, and you’re expected to be independent.
- Highlight important dates. I always circle important dates on the syllabus, and I also write them down in my agenda book. In my Lilly planner, I put exam dates and due dates in the calendar section on the actual date. For example, if I have an exam on , I write it on that date. This way I have a view of the month and know if I have multiple exams in one week, etc. For the weekly section, I usually write important dates a week prior to the actual due date. That way, I’ll know when these assignments are coming up, and I can plan accordingly.
It’s important to have fun in college, but make sure your academics take priority, starting with Syllabus Week. Best of luck!