First Day Necessities

First Day of Class

What should I bring on the first day of class?
 You should bring your class schedule, a pen, and a notebook. Bring the assigned textbook for the course if available. Be prepared to take notes and review the textbook assignments.

What happens on the first day of class?

You will meet your instructor and get an introduction to the course and its requirements. You should also receive a syllabus (an outline of the learning outcomes, course objectives, and assignments). Lectures and other activities begin on the first day, so you must be prepared.

Make the Most of the 1st Day of Class- What to Expect

Who can help me prepare for the first day of class?

Start by fully exploring the New Student Orientation section of the MxCC web site and by attending a New Student Orientation session (held in August and January).

The Academic Success Center is also a place on campus where you can receive assistance in preparing for the beginning of classes.

Reading Your Schedule – How do I know when and where to go for my class?

After you have completed your registration and have paid for your courses, you will receive a STUDENT SCHEDULE/BILL form from MxCC’s Business Office (posted on The top of this form lists the course number, title, class meeting times, and class location of the classes for which you are registered. Under the heading of “DAYS”, you will find designations indicating when the classes are being held:
M – Monday
T – Tuesday
W – Wednesday
R – Thursday
F – Friday

A designation of TBA under classroom and / or time means that this information will be posted on the first day of classes. As those decisions are made, you can see updated information at the class schedule area under Programs and Courses at page.

Charges and credits for your registered courses will then be listed. Next you will find the policies governing refunds and installment payments.

Total current term charges, credits, or any balances due will also be detailed on this form.

The initials TBA on your schedule mean that at the time of printing, your class had not yet been assigned a room or time.

In what building are the various classrooms located?

Click here for building maps.The rooms in the four buildings on the Middletown campus are all individually numbered:

Chapman Hall
Lower floor rooms 601-627
Ground floor rooms 701-718
Upper floor rooms 802-808D

Founders Hall
Ground floor rooms 103-155
Mezzanine room FM2

Wheaton Hall
Ground floor rooms 203-221
Upper floor rooms 304-313

Snow Hall
Ground floor rooms 403-419
Upper floor rooms 504-521

What does an asterisk* following the course number designate?

An asterisk (*) following the course number indicates that the course has a prerequisite (a prerequisite is a skill or course required for entry into that course).

Are there other general suggestions for reading my schedule?

Courses listed in red are offered at the campus center – Meriden.
Courses are listed in alphabetical order by the course prefix as listed in the college catalogue, (i.e. acct, art, bc, etc).
All sections of the same course are listed together in time order.
All social and behavioral science courses are listed together.

Buying Books

Where do I buy my books?

Textbooks and supplies can be purchased at the college bookstore on the Middletown campus or online. Click here (link to Follett’s Bookstore @ MxCC: Demystified PDF) for details about buying or renting used textbooks, buying digital textbooks, and other bookstore information.

How do I know which books I need?

Students must bring their class schedule and present it to the bookstore clerk to make the book buying process easier. If you are paying with financial aid, bring your state-issued ID card, driver’s license or student ID as well.

What is the return policy?

Always have your receipt available. Always make sure new books have not been highlighted or written in. Make sure shrink-wrapped sets are unopened. If you drop a class, proof may be required. Deadline dates for refunds on books are determined each semester.

Classroom Do’s & Don’ts

Do This:
  • Attend every class.
  • Participate in class discussion.
  • Come to class prepared with 
reading assignments complete.
  • Arrive on time and take tests
as scheduled.
  • Stay alert in class and take
good notes.
  • Ask questions about tests
and assignments to make
sure you understand what
is expected.
  • Make sure your child will be properly cared for during class and make alternative arrangements ahead of time in case your child is sick or on
school vacation.
  • Make alternative transportation
arrangements ahead of time
in case you have car problems.
  • Show consideration for your
instructor by addressing him
or her as desired, turning off your cell phone, and always
let them know in advance if
you will be absent.
  • Utilize instructors’ office hours
as well as other opportunities
that the instructor provides for
additional help.
Not This:
  • Attend irregularly and ask your instructor,”Did I miss anything?”
  • Have side conversations with other
students while the instructor is trying
to speak to the class.
  • Wait to complete reading until the
night before the test.
  • Arrive late or miss a test day and
ask to take a makeup test.
  • Sleep during class and ask the instructor
if you could borrow his/her notes.
  • Forget test and assignment due dates.
  • Bring your child to class – even if you can’t locate a sitter, your child is sick, he/she is on school vacation, or other circumstance arises.
  • Skip class because your car broke down (or other reason) and then call your instructor
to ask him/her to give you the lecture over
the phone.
  • Leave your cellular phone ringer on, or listen to your iPod during class.
  • Overestimate your performance in a class or wait until the end of the semester to seek help when you realize you are in jeopardy of failing.