Hey lovelies! The night before my first college class, I was so nervous and I had no idea what to expect. College classes are totally different from high school classes, so you have to be prepare for them differently. Welcome week can sometimes feel like an awesome vacation away from responsibilities and your parents, but you have to use that time to get ready for the semester ahead! Check out my post about welcome week if you’re not sure what to expect!
The first thing you need to do is check your school’s website! At my university, we use a system called blackboard, and most professors will post their syllabus for the class before the semester even starts! Check whatever site your school uses and make sure your professors haven’t posted anything. It is vital to check those because sometimes there are readings for the first day of classes. Make sure you also check the syllabus before buying any textbooks, because the syllabus will tell you which textbooks you need to purchase!
Speaking of textbooks, use that first week of classes to order or pick up any textbooks you need. Do not wait until classes start to order your books because it will be harder to find them, it will take longer for them to be delivered, and you’ll have so many other things going on you won’t want to worry about finding textbooks.
While you’re buying textbooks, make sure you get all of your school supplies ready for your classes. I would recommend (at least) one folder and one notebook for each class. Everything other than that is up to you, but you should take a folder and notebook to every new class so you can keep track of any papers you get from the class.
Please, please, please go to class on the first day. Many will tell you that syllabus week (the first week of classes) is unimportant, but that is not true. In my experience, professors use those first few days to not only go over the boring syllabus stuff, but also to give you vital information for the semester. A lot of professors will give out tips for what to pay attention to, how to do well on tests, and what you can and cannot get away with in their class! These are really important things to know, because you won’t want to be the one that gets called out when you break a rule the prof went over on day one. Take notes on everything that seems important so you can have it later on.
Now, some people might recommend that you introduce yourself to the professor on the first day. If you really feel you must, then go for it, but I think a lot of professor see that as butt-kissy (not a word I know), and they don’t remember you after you leave. The better idea is to wait until you actually have something to say – like an additional comment on the lecture, a question about the reading, or something like that. That way, you actually have something to talk about and they will remember you because you care about the class.
After you finish your classes, pull out all of the papers you got and highlight the important dates. To take it a step further, you can compile all the dates into your planner so you can keep track of things as they come along. This is especially important if you are in an online class, as there are rarely reminders for when assignments are due.
Make sure you talk to other students in your classes! At least say hi to the people around you, because you will want to be on a friendly basis with them. When you miss classes later on, you will be thankful you have someone to ask for notes Plus, it’s nice not to feel super awkward and to have a few people to chat with before class instead of staring mindlessly at your phone.
Also, be careful when choosing a seat! Even if the prof doesn’t assign seats, most people like to sit in the same place every day, so you won’t want to move around and mess other people up. Arrive a a bit early the first few days and lay claim to your seat. My preferred seat is front and center, but I know some people do better in other areas. I would definitely recommend sitting in the front few rows though, because professors tend to think better of those students.
There you have it! All of my pro tips for rocking your first week of classes! Click share to spread the love!