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How to Interpret a Syllabus


Knowing

The How to Interpret a Syllabus Module for students introduces them to the components of a course syllabus and explains how the syllabus is an important tool for success in the course.


Outcomes and Objectives

The How to Interpret a Syllabus student module meets the following NOVA and VCCS goals and student learning outcomes:

  • NOVA General Education Goals:
    • Critical Thinking
    • Information Literacy
    • Personal Development
  • VCCS Developmental English Redesign Student Learning Outcomes -- A syllabus, in essence, is a college-level text. 
    • Analyze and interpret college-level texts for stated or implied main idea and major and minor supporting details

More Info About the How to Interpret a Syllabus Student Module

This module was developed in April 2013 by Sarah Bogdewiecz, Coordinator of Academic Support Services at the Annandale Campus. Updated September 2015.


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Using

Suggested Assignments and Assessments:

  1. Give students a syllabus quiz for homework after the first day of class.

  2. Ask students to locate specific information, such as your office hours and when the first assignment is due -- also ask them interpretive questions that allow them to explore campus resources.
    • For example: A question could be ... "In your own words, please describe the expectations of Assignment 3. What will you turn in to the instructor? If you need help on this assignment, please describe at least two campus resources (other than me!) where you can go for assistance."

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Get More Help Using the How to Interpret a Syllabus Student Module:

The best resource to help with your syllabus is YOU! BUT, if students need help integrating the course syllabus to a time management plan, please refer them to the following campus resources:

  • Visit a tutor at one of the academic support centers! Tutors are trained (in part) to be skilled at showing students the integration of course materials and campus resources to develop a course management plan. You can refer students to the appropriate center through the Annandale's LTR website.
  • Students needing assistance in a reading/writing heavy course can be referred to Annandale's Reading & Writing Center.
  • Students can also be referred to the Advising & Counseling Center if they are looking for broader assistance in creating an academic plan.
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