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You Should and Should not Do during the First Class

August 8, 2017

Almost every student finds the beginning of a new semester exciting. You are going to have new classes, new teachers, maybe new mates, a fresh start… Here are some tips that might help you when it comes to having a good first day of classes.

Arrive Early

The first impression is very important and nothing can be worse than being late to the first class. It shows disrespect to the professor and your fellow classmates. Since it is the first class, you might have never been to this classroom before. For this reason, it is necessary to get to know where the class will take place ahead of time. You can have a walk there the day before you actually have that class.

Do not Sit in the Back of the Class

During the first week of classes, students mentally claim their spot so pick your one wisely once you first walk in the classroom. It is not necessary to sit in the very front, but make sure you do not pick the seat in the very back, as well. By sitting in the back row, you will find that there are so many distractions there and chances are that you will not be able to hear what your professor says or see what he writes on the board. The middle will do just fine.


Read the Course Syllabus Beforehand

A good way to have a head start in your classes is to thoroughly read the syllabus. This will help you be prepared to ask important questions at the first class and to know what to expect from every teacher.

Do not Wait until Last Moment to Purchase Textbooks

You should purchase or borrow all the necessary textbooks as soon as it is possible. Many professors prefer getting started right away and if it takes more than a week for your textbook to be delivered, that already puts you behind. The day your professor tells you what book you will need, you should start searching for it.

Exchange Information with a Friend

Making a friend in each of your classes is often easier said than done, especially when you are studying at a big college. During your first day, ensure you have somebody you can contact from every class you attend in the case you have any questions related to the class. This is very helpful in case you miss a class or do not understand a certain assignment.

Do not Procrastinate

If your teacher gives you an assignment right at the first class, make sure to get started on it as soon as it is possible. If you start procrastinating from the very beginning, it will be very difficult to stay on track later.


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