It’s that time of year again, and getting back into the school routine can be difficult after such a long, and hopefully relaxing, break. Unlike high school, where you go straight back to endless hours of classes and homework due the next day or two, your college classes will typically go over the syllabus on the first day. This is when most people make the mistake of coming to class without even a pencil and a notebook, thinking that going over the syllabus is the only thing that will happen. There are many times where your teacher will at least have you write down some important information or have a participation activity that requires writing, so it’s best to at least have a binder with a notebook and a pencil inside of it. All of this is important, if you can make it to class on time.
Other important things to note on your first few days of the new semester: when the class starts, where the class is located, and what time you have to wake up to get to class early. What many people don’t understand is that in college, people who are waitlisted for a class you are in can bump you out if you don’t come to class on time, and therefore you need to wake up early enough to get to class at least 10 minutes early to get a good seat, as well as how to find the class. It usually helps if you find a friend who is in the class with you, that way you can plan your schedule together and have more motivation to get up and going in the morning.
The other difficult about coming back to classes is dealing with homework, papers, and studying. Homework won’t necessarily be given in the first week or two, because teachers know that students have to order books or wait for them to be shipped, but there are typically assignments given online through D2L. It is extremely important to stay caught up early on in the semester because it helps you stay organized later on, when organization is key. Studying information that you are either confused about or unfamiliar with right away will help you follow along much more easily if you start during the first couple of weeks.
Overall, I hope you guys have a great start to your semester and fall back into the routine as easily as if we hadn’t had break. Good luck with your classes!