23 Jun, 2021 11:47 AM

What should I expect on my first day in college?

I am going to my first college classes on Aug, 25th. What can I expect when going into them? I have Biological Science Lab, Freshman English 1, and History Civilizations of World to 1500 on my first day. What's the best way to take notes? What will the Biology Lab be like? Thanks for any info!

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23 Jun, 2021 11:48 AM

Try to walk around campus a few days before school starts and find out where your classrooms are located. It will save you from arriving 15 minutes late for your classes, which irritates some professors. All new students feel disoriented, but you will feel more confident if you know where to show up.

Your professors will hand out a syllabus and start a lecture. Each professor's lecture style is different. Don't worry, though. In a few weeks, you'll get used to his or her style and start to recognize the faces of your fellow students.

Most schools have some type of "Welcome Week" with tons of activities for new students. You don't have to go to every activity, but if something sounds interesting, check it out. It's a good way to meet new friends too.

Some students use laptops to take notes, but it can also be an incredible distraction because of the temptation to check your email or IM a friend. I'd recommend a single subject spiral-bound college-ruled notebook and a ballpoint or gel pen. Use a different color notebook for each class. Write down anything that goes on the blackboard and anything that the professor repeats multiple times. A good professor will have a way of emphasizing words so you know they are important. Don't worry about neatness - as long as you can read your own handwriting, you're okay.

23 Jun, 2021 11:49 AM

On the first day the teacher hands out the syllabus. They review what they expect, what books are needed, how grading will be done, how they handle late and absent students, course schedules, etc. They will also answer questions regarding their syllabus. It's always a pretty easy day the first day.

23 Jun, 2021 11:49 AM

On your 1st day, expect chaos. Between finding your classes, trying to take shorthand notes & book references verbally. I wish you luck!