Syllabus + Planning = Success
Every class starts its first day with your teacher explaining the whole Syllabus content and there is a (good) reason why. On your first day you will already find the mystery to succeed in your semester goals – and we can not misunderstood that it is only a schedule paper.
Each teacher chose their own content to compose his own Syllabus and that is the magic. They choose what is important to succeed and understand it carefully makes the difference in your goals. In Syllabus you can find:
- Required Materials and Tools to get ready for classes;
- Course Description and Objectives;
- Mission Statement;
- Student Learning Outcomes where you find specific requirements for your course;
- Disability Accommodations for those in need;
- LGBTQ/A + Resources;
- Standards of Student Conduct;
- Academic Integrity Commitment;
- Course guidelines and Instructor Policies – Extra credits rules is here;
- Student Achievement and Grade values;
- Important Semester Dates;
- Drop and Attendance Policy + Late Assignments deals;
- Library and other Support Services;
- Schedule of weekly class – you know in advance which chapters/content will be covered each class!
Here is a link from an Syllabus for a Math Class just to help you habituate: http://home.miracosta.edu/jzyburt/Spring2018/syllabus-Math103_Spring_2018.pdf
I have created this two tricks to unlock the mystery to succeed:
- I read carefully and take notes about the best way to plan myself for classes (clothes, material required, and what more is necessary);
- I do an Excel worksheet (which easily could be substitute for a pen and blank paper) to list every single assignment for all classes(one sheet per class) with all due dates as my own control. This way I became more familiar with all assignments and get started on the biggest projects (Service Learning Outcomes, final projects or extra credit opportunities).
This way I help myself to get started in advance, schedule all my projects out of class, and got involved with the subjects and appointments with all people that are part of it.
Good luck in this fresh season!