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    how college differs from high school

    Posted : May 3, 2007
    Last Updated : April 8, 2014
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    how college differs from high school

    As you transition from high school to college, you may be suprised at how different these two environments can be. The expectations and responsibilities placed upon you in college vary greatly from those you experienced in high school. From academics to extracurricular activities to social aspects, college differs from high school in a number of ways. Review the following so you will be better prepared to make a smooth transition from high school to college.


     

    Academics

    High School

    College

    In classes 30+ hours a week In classes 12 to 15 hours a week
    Class attendance is closely monitored Class attendance is rarely monitored (although if you do not attend and miss important lectures, you may suffer consequences come grading time)
    Instruction is by lecture,learning activities, games, group work, etc. Instruction is mainly by lecture
    Around 30-35 students per class Can range from 10 students to 500+ students per class
    Teachers approach you if you need assistance Professors expect you to initiate contact if you need help
    Little control over class schedule Arrange your own class schedule
    Grades are based on multiple homework assignments, quizzes, tests, projects, etc. Grades are usually based on one or two tests and possibly an essay paper or group project
    May study very little outside of class Should study 2 to 3 hours for every hour in class
    Teachers tell you what's due for the next day You are expected to read the syllabus for assignment due dates
    Much assistance from teachers Learning is more independent
    Memorization Analysis

     

    Independence/Responsibility

    High School

    College

    Live with parents Live with roommate
    Curfew No curfew (depending on school/dorm)
    Parents manage money Need money management skills
    Parents do your laundry (if you're lucky) You do your own laundry
    Parents make sure you are fed Must make/buy your own food
    Parents/teachers may make decisions for you and help solve your problems You make your own decisions and solve your own problems

     

    Time Management/Stress

    High School

    College

    Time is very structured                   Time is more flexible; time management skills are crucial
    Less stressful             New experiences, schedule, making new friends, etc. can be stressful

     

    Extracurricular/Social Activities

    High School

    College

    Moderate amount of clubs/organizations to join            Abundance of clubs/organizations to join                  
    Old friends                   New friends
    Prom                        Sorority and fraternity formals                    
    Slumber parties                  Greek parties

     


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