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Syllabus Week: How to Prepare for a 4.0 Semester

Syllabus week can mark either the simplest or most overwhelming time in the semester. Syllabus week is basically just a constant overload of information. While you don’t have any class work to complete and classes usually end earlier, you’ll need to begin organizing your schedule and prioritizing your tasks as soon as possible to start your semester on a good note.

Print Off your Syllabus for Each Class

Okay, the very first thing you need to do is print off your syllabi. You will need to refer to it throughout the semester and it’s so much easier to make a hard copy and not have to search through your files everytime you need to find a professor’s email or office hours.

READ IT (and take notes)

I can’t stress this point enough. You need to read your syllabus. It will contain important information and dates that you will need to refer to later in the semester. As your professor goes through the syllabus in class take notes. They will likely give you helpful hints about the course that you will need to know later on. As you are reading make sure to highlight important dates that are outlined in the syllabus.


Now on to my favorite part scheduling and planning. This is the time where you FINALLY get to break out your beautiful new planner and your extensive collection of gel pens and washi tape. I like to go through my planner and write in the due dates of quizzes, exams, essays, and projects in both the monthly and weekly views. If you don’t already have a google calendar, then today is THE day. I love having a digital planning system because it’s so easy to move appointments and due dates around if they are subject to change in the future.

Buy Your Textbooks

If you haven’t already bought your textbooks now is a great time to do so. I recommend waiting until syllabus week because some of the books listed on your school’s website for a class may be optional and only needed for supplemental instruction.

Set Goals

Now is the perfect time to firmly layout your goals for the semester, and make sure that your schedule has enough space for you to do so. Maybe you want to start a club, present a thesis, or start your own blog. Planning ahead gives you the ability to spread out your tasks and make sure you have enough time to do the things you love.


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