On the first day of class, your professor hands out a few pieces of paper stapled together and titled “Syllabus.” You glance at it, no-doubt feel a bit overwhelmed by its detail, stick it in your backpack and forget about it. Right?
No way! A successful student will 1) read that syllabus cover to cover – likely several times, 2) highlight pertinent information (due dates, attendance and grading policies and the like, 3) make and file away a copy so there is no chance it will be lost, and 4) refer to it frequently, using it throughout the semester.
“Really,” you ask? Yes! … and here’s why.
Your syllabus is basically a contract between your professor and you, the student. It identifies the terms of the course as well as your rights and responsibilities as a student taking it. To get the most out of the course, and to be as successful as possible in it, you need to read and understand the syllabus!
Click on this link to the Edge Foundation blog to learn about six great reasons to read your course syllabus right away: Six Great Reasons to Read Your Course Syllabus Right Away!