It is very important that you attend the first day of class. You will meet your professor, who will outline the course and present the requirements of the class in what is called a syllabus. The syllabus will outline the grading scale and how your final grade is calculated as well as list their attendance policy.
Your instructor will also set some of their expectations for the class. Some professors may use the first day for introductions, and others may start course material that day. Either way, it is important that you are there to collect that information. Expect, too, to receive reading assignments on your first day, so you should make plans to get your class text if you haven't already.
Tools of the Trade
The following items are important for any college student. Many items will be essential before classes start. Being prepared earlier will help later.
- Required textbooks and course materials (such as course packets found in the bookstore)
- Notebooks, loose leaf paper, folders with pockets
- Writing utensils (pens and pencils)
- Access to a computer and USB drive; you will be expected to type most if not all of your papers. Stationed computers are available in computer labs across campus.
- Assignment book or planner (take the time to log all your tests, assignments and paper due dates in one location and review it frequently; organization is a key element of success
- Backpack, book bag, or briefcase
- Portable recording device (please ask your instructor first if you may use these; some classes discuss sensitive material)
- Tools to make class preparation easier e.g., Calculator, highlighter, colored pens or pencils, index cards, stapler, paper clips, etc.
- Dictionary and thesaurus
The first day of class is not too early to start studying. Manage your time wisely - final exams will be here before you know it!