College is going to be more demanding academically. You will need to work harder, be better organized, and actively problem solve. You may have been living in a fairly structured environment in high school when your time was planned from 7:00 AM until at least 3:00 PM, with additional planning and/or support from parents in the evening. At college you may have a class at 9:00 AM for an hour, another at 11:00 AM, and another at 3:00 PM. If you have poor time management skills, the extra free time during the day can present problems. Some key differences are listed below.
|Class Time||High School: 6 hours per day, 180 days||College:15 hours per week, 28 weeks|
|Study Time||High School: 1 to 2 hours per day||College: Rule of thumb: 2 hours of study for 1 hour of class = 3 to 4 hours (or more) per day
|Tests||High School: weekly; at end of chapter; frequent quizzes||College: 2 to 4 tests per semester|
|Grades||High School: passing grades guarantee you a seat!||College: Satisfactory academic standing is often “C” or above|
|Teachers||High School: take attendance, may check your notebooks, lecture with blackboard notes, impart knowledge and facts||College: attendance is rarely taken, lectures, may include handouts, computer slides, and stress reasoning abilities|
|Freedom||High School: school time is highly structured, limits are set by parents, teachers, and other adults||College: freedom of choice! Should I go to class? Class schedules will be erratic.|
|Academic Accommodations||High School: Waivers are often available||College: policies on waivers are often inflexible|
Keys to Success!
Communicate with Professors. Asking for help and meeting with the professor during office hours will go a long way.
Do this early and often.
Deadlines are important! You need to keep an organizer to stay on top of things.