It’s the first day of college, and you’re about to begin a brand new semester. Freshmen may feel a bit uneasy about this, though there’s really nothing to be upset about. Many students are able to meet their professors and make friends on the first day, and so the college adventure begins. Professors will pass out a syllabus, which covers the basic tasks, like exam dates, reading schedules, and so on.
To be prepared for your first day of class in college, you have to do just that: Get prepared. You will also need to arrive early enough to have time to get acquainted with your fellow students. Here are some tips that will help you get your semester off to a good start.
1. Using textbooks
Obviously, you want to make sure that you have all the books that will be needed for all of your classes. It’s not uncommon for a bookstore to run out of textbooks from time to time. If you do not have the appropriate textbook for a certain class, be sure that you check with the bookstore every so often. In the meantime, you can ask classmates if they will let you share their books for assigned reading and other assignments.
2. Knowing where your class meets
Some colleges are large; some are small. It’s not rare that a few students, especially on the very first day of classes, find themselves mysteriously looking for classrooms. When students receive their schedules several weeks before the first day of a semester, meeting places for lecturing are always printed on them. After receiving the schedule, it would be wise that students go searching for the right room and remember it for the next time they meet there. Of course, this will save both time and hassle.
3. Meeting professors and students
One vital task during the first day of class is meeting your students and professors for the first time. It is often for instructors to allow students to introduce themselves to their class. They can simply give their names, tell where they are from, and explain their futures. Do not be a stranger: arrive early enough to class and introduce yourself to students and the professor.
4. Receiving a syllabus
Syllabuses are almost always handed out of the first day of class. The syllabus gives an indication of what to expect for throughout the semester. This includes reading assignments, tests, final exams, special projects, and so on. Be sure that you keep track on all of those assignments. In fact, it would be a good idea that you purchase a planner and write down all of the important due dates in it.
Syllabuses also include the instructors’ name and sources of contact. Familiarize yourself with the professors and their contact information. Whenever you need to schedule an appointment that is regarded to getting help with an assignment, there is usually an office phone number or e-mail address printed on the syllabus that you can use to reach them.
5. To kick your semester off to a good start, be prepared
Make sure that you have all your necessary textbooks, supplies, and other things that are required for classes. A visit to a professor whom you will be meeting with during the upcoming class times can’t hurt as well. Students will enjoy classes more if they get themselves acquainted with their instructors before the start of a semester.