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How to Find Old Test and Syllabi before your First Day of Class

posted Sep 6, 2009, 11:56 PM by Danny Eusebio   [ updated Sep 7, 2009, 12:48 AM ]

Have you ever wanted to be a detective? Because I have. Here in this tutorial we're going to teach you, how to secretly learn about a class without ever stepping foot in it. I'll even say, you'll not only learn about the syllabus, but you might even scramble yourself a couple of exams along the way. So put on your Sherlock Holmes hat and get that pipe ready, because we're going to show you how to get ahead of your classmates.

  1. Go to and learn more about your professor there. Hopefully there will be information available on your target to give you a heads up on what they are like. Remember, it's smart to know everything about your professor before you step in. Don't be like the rest of the class, just bobbling their heads.
  2. If your school has a system where you can view your classes and class websites, head over their now. If your fortunate enough, track down older websites from the professor you're taking.  You might be fortunate to find a syllabus and even old exams to give you an advantage in the classroom.
  3. If your professors block their older websites with passwords, then you might find some luck at looking into old mail archives available on your college system. You might be lucky enough to find an email message telling the students what the password was.

You can find some of these tips in the video tutorial I put together. However, this applies only to my school. Hopefully you have a similar system that you can apply the same strategies.


It's always great to have information about a class prior to stepping in. It gives you foresight into whether or not you want to take a class. For instance, if the syllabus shows the class having to write 10 papers, you might benefit from taking it at a different time or with a different professor. Also, some professors put old exams on their website. This is really helpful when it comes to test. Most of the time, professors use the same material for all their exams. So having this information will be helpful to you. So if you have any other tips or tricks to finding more information about your classes, send us an email at Unviersity Ninja.