I have the ASA 101/103 classes coming up in about three weeks. My books have already arrived and I'm reading them carefully. Make sure your class sends you your material. It seems logical to me to get the "book stuff" out of the way so the "on the water" time can be spent wisely.
Getting my materials on Monday, and reading the Annapolis Book of Seamanship in the meantime. Thanks to everyone for the good advice, really excited to take the next step toward my own boat.