Syllabus week: How to prep yourself for a great semester

Well summer is sadly over in less than week which means it’s time to get back into school mode. Nothing says happy first week of school like syllabus week. Syllabus week is the best week for college students because it’s the easy week in the entire semester. But how you start the first week can really affect how the rest of your semester goes. So here are some tips on how to prep yourself the first week of school.

Syllabus Week

Print out out your syllabus

I hate having to constantly look up and redownload my syllabus. If the professor printed one out, put it in a folder so you don’t lose it and print an extra copy just in case. Stay on top of your classes by knowing where you are in the class or what the professor will be lecturing on. Plus if you stay on top of your classes, you might be able to figure out if a lecture a certain day is important or not and take a personal day. I’ve been lucky and been able to take a day off for myself 😀

Write down any major deadlines

Know when quizzes,homework, test, projects and finals are coming up. You’d be surprised by how many students come into class and they have know idea there’s a test. Also write down your professors contact info and don’t be afraid to ask for help later on in the semester.

Get a good planner

Stay organized by writing everything down in a planner that suits you. If you don’t write it down, you’re going to forget unless you have super strong memory. Bullet journalling is also another way of keeping track of things to do.


Can’t stress this enough especially for incoming freshman. Never pay full price for your text books. Always rent from places like amazon or Chegg. Unless it’s one of those classes with the online access codes and you absolutely have to buy the book. But for most cases you can just rent.

Network with other students

One thing I hate about college classes, is that many people don’t talk to each other in class. Say hi to the people sitting around. Try to network and form a study group. One class I had everyone did really bad on the midterm. So as a class we formed a huge study group  shared each other’s numbers to meet up, and created our own study guide together. Majority of the class ended up passing the final. And who knows you might make a few new friends that way.

Start waking up earlier

I’m not a morning person either but start getting into the habit of waking up earlier. It makes it easier to get ready in the morning ad get any extra things done. Also put some effort into your appearance which I know it is hard when you can just throw on a hoodie and some sweats. Check out my morning person post here 5 Easy Methods to Being a Happy Morning Person

Try to figure out when it’s a good time to eat, workout or study around your schedule.

The most difficult thing in college is figuring out when to eat, go food shopping, study, exercise or do any other various activities. Look at you schedule and try to figure out and free time that you have and plan accordingly.

Get involved

I love when a new semester starts because it’s a great time to meet new people and get involved in some clubs or sports that you may not have been able to before.

And lastly get your partying/or fun adventures in before the reality of school hits

The first week of classes is the easiest and probably the only time you’ll have a lot of free time because classes are so short. So have fun while you can!!

Thanks again for tuning in! hope you guys enjoyed this post. If you have any other tips you’d like to add please feel free to share them in the comments below.

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