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SLS-1402 Discover Your Major

Tips for Understanding the Class Syllabus

Consider that a class syllabus is the performance contract between the instructor and student, with the ultimate response from the instructor being the class grade.  Understanding the class syllabus content is just as important as understanding assigned readings.

Syllabus Tips & Quiz Tips

  • Read the entire syllabus, even the boring parts!  Use a highlighter to indicate the most important sections.
  • Read the syllabus again, a day or so later, so that you fully understand what is expected of you in class!  Doing this will increase the amount of information you remember and understand.
  • Syllabi have common sections -- reading and written required assignments, tests and exams, week-by-week topics and homework, and instructions for writing papers, reflections, and essays.  Study and learn each section.
  • If something in the syllabus is unclear to you, contact your professor.  It is your right as a student to have clear expectations and instructions.
  • Keep the syllabus and other class work together, either in a computer or paper file.
  • Take the syllabus with you for each class.  Frequently, the instructor may make changes, and you should write these on the syllabus.
  • The Syllabus Quiz may be given as early as the first class.  Be sure you have read the syllabus thoroughly and understand what is expected of you.
  • If you have questions, contact your instructor before the quiz is given.