Differences between High School and College
IN HIGH SCHOOL High school is mandatory and usually free. Time is structured by school officials and parents. Students can count on teachers to remind them of responsibilities and to guide them in setting priorities. Daily classes follow one after the other, with a few minutes in between. Most class schedules are arranged by school personnel. Students are told about graduation requirements. IN COLLEGE College is voluntary and expensive. Students manage their own time. Students balance responsibilities and set priorities on their own. Students often have large time gaps between classes; class time varies from day to day. Students arrange their own schedule in consultation with their academic counselor or advisor. Graduation requirements are complex, differ from program to program, and sometimes from year to year. Each student is expected to know those that apply to him/her. Bottom Line: School personnel watch out for students Bottom Line: Students are expected to take responsibility for – guiding and correcting them if necessary. what they do and don't do, as well as for the consequences of their decisions. HIGH SCHOOL CLASSES COLLEGE CLASSES Students can normally get by with studying outside of Students need to study at least 2 to 3 hours outside of class class as little as 0 to 2 hours a week, and perhaps for each hour in class. A course load of 12 credits requires cramming before tests. anywhere between 24 to 36 hours of independent study/homework time. Reading is often re-taught in class; listening in class is Students are assigned substantial amounts of reading and sometimes enough. writing which may not be directly addressed in class, but still show up in tests. Bottom Line: Students are usually told in class what Bottom Line: It's up to the students to read and understand they need to learn from assigned readings. the assigned material; lectures and assignments proceed from the assumption that the students have...
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