Syllabus Week: What to Expect

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 September 25, 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!

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Gina Alyse
  • TayShiff
    August 11, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Great tips! I agree it is so annoying when professors read the syllabus word for word in the beginning, but you are so right, it is important to make sure that you read it thoroughly because it is so easy to miss stuff that they don't mention in class otherwise. 🙂

  • Caitlyn Phipps
    August 11, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Great tips and I always love having the dates that matter written out in multiple places that way I never miss anything!

  • Leanna Ranieri
    August 11, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Good tips, I always make sure that when I get the syllabus I write every due date in my planner so I can see all classes at once!

  • Zoe Diaz-McLeese
    August 11, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    I love these tips! It was the best piece of advice I got at the beginning of my college adventure was to go through the syllabus and write down all of the important dates in my calendar so that I always know when something is coming up! I always have my syllabus with my class notes, and then I have my e-copies too just in case! I have a folder for all of my syllabi on my desktop. It makes life and keeping track of assignments so much easier!

    La Vie en Zoe

  • Kayla Rivoli
    August 12, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    I love looking for the syllabus online before I even go to class! Maybe that makes me an overachiever but I like to know what's going on before I get there 😉
    Great tips!


  • Gina Alyse
    August 15, 2014 at 1:05 am

    These are awesome tips, Ellen! Syllabus week can seem like an easy week, but it's so crucial to getting organized for the semester! I think your advice about asking questions and clarifying info is really important.

    Thanks for participating in the link up! We loved having you 🙂 I hope you will participate in next weeks too!