Difficulties That Freshmen College Students Experience

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WHAT ARE THE MAJOR DIFFICULTIES DO FRESHMEN STUDENTS EXPERIENCE FROM HIGH SCHOOL COMPARING TO COLLEGE

PART I. INTRODUCTION

College is really incomparable to high school. You will usually be told what to do and corrected if your behavior is out of line in high school and in college you’re expected to take responsibility for what you do and don't do, as well as for the consequences of your decisions. In high school you will usually be told in class what you need to learn from assigned readings while in college, it’s up to you to read and understand the assigned material; lectures and assignments proceed from the assumption that you've already done so. High school is a teaching environment in which you acquire facts and skills while college is a learning environment in which you take responsibility for thinking through and applying what you have learned. In high school, mastery is usually seen as the ability to reproduce what you were taught in the form in which it was presented to you, or to solve the kinds of problems you were shown how to solve while in college, mastery is often seen as the ability to apply what you've learned to new situations or to solve new kinds of problems. And lastly, in high school, "effort counts." Courses are usually structured to reward a "good-faith effort." In college, "results count." Though "good-faith effort" is important in regard to the professor's willingness to help you achieve good results, it will not substitute for results in the grading process. (http://www.taftcollege.edu/newtc/StudentServices/ACE/differences.htm). Students who are not aware of its difference might as well bump into a great wall. We categorized those difficulties that freshmen encounter into three- academically, socially and emotionally.

Students should prepare themselves academically. Academic expectations in high school are not always high, and good grades can often be obtained with minimum effort. This is especially true for bright students who...
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