Hello lovelies! Today I am sharing some advice on how to effectively use your syllabus this week to have a successful and happy semester. Too many students are prone to tossing their syllabuses in the bottom of their backpacks after the first day of class and forgetting about them, but this is definitely something to avoid! Your syllabus is a powerful tool that can be used to stay on-top of your classes and ensure that you accomplish everything you need to this semester, from start to finish. Here is how you should be using your syllabuses:

Print them out, read them in full, and keep them on-hand

The first thing to do is to print them all out and make sure you read them all, from the first page to the last page. Yes, this may not be the most fun thing to do, but your syllabus is basically your blueprint of what your classes will be like, so you need to understand exactly what you are getting into in full, right from the very start. Because of this, you should always have your syllabuses on-hand for when you need reminders on assignment instructions, need to know the contact information for your professor, or have any other questions about the class.

Fill in important dates in your planner

The next thing to do is take the calendar of due dates from your syllabuses and write them into your planner. I personally use both a physical planner for daily to-do tasks as well as a super-functional app on my laptop that organizes all four of my classes due dates in order for me so I know how to prioritize assignments. It is absolutely crucial that you figure out a system that works for you, whether this is online or on paper, so that you don’t accidentally forget to complete something!

Decide how difficult your classes will be

By using your syllabuses, you can get a pretty good idea of how hard or how much work your classes will be this semester, which is useful because then you can plan any jobs, student orgs, or activities around this. Remember: academics come first, which means that you need to give yourself enough time to complete your assignments and study for your exams!

Make sure you have what you need

When you are reading through your syllabus, make sure to check if there are any other materials, textbooks, or supplies you need for the semester. If there is anything that the professor didn’t mention before class began, but is included in your syllabus, make sure to ask whether this item is required and to get it if necessary. There is no excuse for not having the required textbook after the first week or two of class!

Prioritize and complete assignments on-time

Use your syllabuses and planner as a guide to what assignments need to be completed first, and prioritize everything based on due dates. Have a daily to-do list of tasks to complete and just take things one at a time so as not to overburden yourself or get too stressed about any one thing.

I hope you have a lovely first week of class and that you are now better able to utilize your syllabuses! Thanks for reading! If you’ve found this post helpful, please share it on social media so more college students can be reached! And, as always, share your thoughts with me in the comments below or on Twitter @CaseyDonart

xoxo Casey


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