Helpful Hints for First-Year Students

¨ Attend classes regularly and focus on the material being covered when you are in class.

¨ Sit near the front of the classroom and make eye contact with the instructor.

¨ Read the syllabus carefully and note important dates (exams, assignments due, etc.) on your personal calendar.

¨ If you have questions about the material or an exam, attend the instructor’s or the teaching assistant’s office hours.

¨ Set aside adequate time to read, study, and complete your coursework. Hone your study skills by attending a free OAE workshop.

¨ If you have concerns, contact an advisor to discuss them.


In the Know: What is a Syllabus?

In college, syllabi are very important tools for professors to communicate their expectations to students.  It is your responsibility as a student to carefully review the syllabus and ask your instructor questions if you do not understand something.

A syllabus is a document that outlines how a course is structured.  A well-developed syllabus contains all of the information a student needs to understand what being a member of the class entails.  This usually includes:

  • Instructor’s policies on attendance and grading
  • Course number and description
  • Required textbooks and other materials
  • Weekly schedule listing due dates for assignments and tests
  • Instructor’s name, email address, office location, and office hours


Some instructors distribute a paper copy of the syllabus during the first week of class, while others email it to the class or post it in Canvas. If you do not receive a syllabus, be sure to ask for one.


Helpful Hints: Course Registration and Schedule Changes

Although there are some limits on how much choice you have in course selection, students do have the option of making changes to their Fall 2018 schedules during the free drop/add period, which ends on Tuesday, September 11. Log in to UDSIS to make schedule changes using the WebReg system. You may need to complete a Course Permit form to submit requests for restricted classes.

Your academic advisor cannot enroll you in a full course or a course that a department has reserved for specific populations. If you receive an error message when you try to register for a class, please read the corresponding note and follow the instructions provided.



In the Know: First Year Experience (FYE) Program

The FYE Program is designed to get you off to a good start and to help you succeed at UD. FYE also allows you to meet other students in a small class setting, learn about resources at UD, and feel more at home on campus. All freshmen are required to participate in a First Year Seminar (FYS). Seminars are led by faculty who work closely with undergraduate peer mentors.