How is College Different From High School?
Personal Freedom in High School
- High school is mandatory and free (unless you choose other options).
- Your time is usually structured by others.
- You need permission to participate in extracurricular activities.
- You need money for special purchases or events.
- You can count on parents and teachers to remind you of your responsibilities and to guide you in setting priorities.
- Guiding principle: You will usually be told what your responsibilities are and corrected if your behavior is out of line.
High School Classes
- Each day you proceed from one class directly to another.
- You spend 6 hours each day—30 hours a week—in class.
- The school year is 36 weeks long; some classes extend over both semesters and some do not.
- Most of your classes are arranged for you.
- Teachers carefully monitor class attendance.
- Classes generally have no more than 35 students.
- You are provided with textbooks at little or no expense.
- You are not responsible for knowing what it takes to graduate.
High School Teachers
- Teachers check your completed homework.
- Teachers remind you of your incomplete work.
- Teachers approach you if they believe you need assistance.
- Teachers are often available for conversation before, during, or after class.
- Teachers have been trained in teaching methods to assist in imparting knowledge to students.
- Teachers provide you with information you missed when you were absent.
- Teachers present material to help you understand the material in the textbook.
- Teachers often write information on the board to be copied in your notes.
- Teachers impart knowledge and facts, sometimes drawing direct connections and leading you through the thinking process.
- Teachers often take time to remind you of assignments and due dates.
Studying in High School
- You may study outside of class as little as 0 to 2 hours a week, and this may be mostly last-minute test preparation.
- You often need to read or hear presentations only once to learn all you need to learn about them.
- You are expected to read short assignments that are then discussed, and often re-taught, in class.
- Guiding principle: You will usually be told in class what you needed to learn from assigned readings.
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