University 101 Mid Semester Reflective Essay

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The transition from high school to college can fluster many college freshmen. Specifically, the change from high school courses to college courses can be difficult. While many high school classes were preparatory for a future university and have similarities to these courses, there are obvious differences that make adjusting for a first year student somewhat difficult.

AP, honors, and dual enrollment courses are high school courses aimed at preparing students for a four-year college. They are similar to college courses in how they organize time, the weighing of grades and the emphasis on writing. They have strict time schedules, like college courses. You are given short, specific times when things are due. These courses also depend mostly on the final AP examination, like some college classes depend heavily on certain exams. These high school courses usually have a solid writing base, to prepare students for the extensive amount of papers required for college courses. These high school courses loosely resemble college ones in order to prepare students.

Yes, there are similarities between high school courses and college ones, the differences, however, seem to outweigh them. College courses are different in their initial scheduling, the fast paced learning of the material, the size of the sections, and the availability of the professors. When a student walks into a college class, the first day the professor always hands out a syllabus. In this syllabus, they outline every assignment and its due date for the whole entire semester. This is so much different from the daily assignments given by high school teachers since it is now the student’s responsibility to remember what is due when, without any required warnings from a professor. Another difference is the faced paced learning environment. In college the student is required to learn the same amount of material in half the time, since classes last for a semester and not a full year. This is made...
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