Welcome, Adjunct Faculty


Week 1: Starting the Semester Right

  • Consider using a syllabus contract.
  • Teach content beginning the first day of class to set the stage for the rest of the semester.
  • Train your students to sign a roll sheet each day.


Week 2: Building Rapport with Your Students

  • Make sure to learn your students’ names.
  • Establish a classroom routine.
  • Engage students outside the classroom; hallway contact matters.


Week 3: Test Early and Often

  • Studies show that students need opportunities to learn how our courses work and what they need to do to be successful.
  • Assign a brief writing assignment or a smaller test so students begin earning grades as early as possible.
  • Design assignments that will lead students toward successful behaviors and skills.

Week 4: Develop Study Accountability Techniques

  • If you assign homework, review it in class either for a grade or a completion/participation grade.
  • Devise guided reading assignments that encourage textbook reading.
  • Conduct quick note checks or quizzes.


Week 5: Promote Study Skills

  • Utilize a classroom calendar and stay on schedule.
  • Introduce campus resources such as tutoring or the library.
  • Encourage study groups among your students.


Week 6: Consider Using an Online Supplement

  • Post all grades in the gradebook provided in Moodle or Blackboard to allow students to monitor their status in your course.
  • Send group email announcements to your classes or connect individually with students.
  • Encourage students to access your site by providing classroom documents.


Week 7: Encourage Campus Activities

  • Forward campus announcements to your students.
  • Offer small amounts of extra credit for students who attend content suitable events.
  • Take classes to campus events when appropriate.


Week 8: Mid-term Review

  • Provide your students with a mid-term average.
  • Meet individually with all students with borderline grades.
  • Outline a plan for success for the rest of the semester.


Week 9: Promote Active Learning

  • Try new activities in your classes since most studies show students only retain 5% of lecture material.
  • Use visual aids and quick feedback quizzes to engage students.
  • Encourage class discussion.


Week 10: Incorporate Group Work

  • Conduct small group discussions prior to full class discussions.
  • Assign group presentations for the end of the semester.
  • Provide good clear instructions and class time for preparation.


Week 11: Follow Your Syllabus Policies

  • While students may have good excuses this late in the semester, stick to your policies.
  • Remember anytime you accommodate one student, you should do it for all students.
  • Set the stage now for final grades, make sure students know how their final average will be calculated.


Week 12: Keep Your Supervisor in the Loop

  • Notify your supervisor of any potential issues.
  • Maintain good attendance and grade records.
  • Document thoroughly any student issues you may have.


Week 13: Gearing Up for the End of the Semester

  • Evaluate your course calendar and plan out the rest of your semester.
  • Do not encourage study cramming by lecture cramming – set a reasonable pace.
  • Check your records; are all forms completed?


Week 14: Prepare Your Students for Finals

  • Provide students with final exam schedules.
  • Review project guidelines and due dates.
  • Remind students of their averages and meet with borderline students.


Week 15: Surviving and Thriving During Finals

  • Stick to your schedule; there should be no surprises for you or your students.
  • Grade ahead; make sure you will only be grading exams during this week.
  • Design exams that can be graded in a timely manner.


Week 16: Finishing Out the Semester

  • Be aware of campus deadlines.
  • Turn in grades on time.
  • Keep accurate copies of your grades and attendance; these are legal documents.


Prepared for NC-NET by the Adjunct Institute at Alamance Community College