High School vs College
“Change is the end result of all true learning.”- Leo Buscaglia
High School and College both give the benefit of having students learn in a classroom. In high school and college, the main objective is to learn and become more knowledgeable. Both institutions prepare students for a career in the future. Even though they have their similarities they also have some differences. Some of these differences include different teachers, the costs, and the different learning experiences they both establish. The students will then realize how big the transition is from high school to college.
Teachers in high school and college are similar to one another because they all have a passion for teaching, they are determined and will teach students what needs to be taught. However, they do have their differences. Dr. Drew Appleby states in the article “The Differences Between High School And College”, that “Teachers check your complete homework. Teachers remind you of your incomplete work” (2013). In high school, teachers seem to look out for their students. They will check a student’s homework and remind them of upcoming due dates. They are usually available before, during, and after class if there are any questions. While they are teaching they will write info on the board, and draw connections to the material that would lead students into a thinking process. When not in the classroom teachers also get involved with school activities such as being advisors for school clubs and events. Some teachers will also coach the high school sport teams.
As for college, Professors assume a student’s homework is complete. Dr. Drew Appleby states in the article “The Differences Between High School And College”, “Professors may not always check completed homework, but they will assume you can perform the same tasks on test” (2013). Students are expected to know when upcoming assignments are due by using the syllabus they received on the first day of class. In college its is a little harder to communicate or have contact with the professor. In order for a student to get in contact with the professor one must either email the teacher or go see the professor during his or hers office hours. Teachers in college are all different.They all worked themselves up to a major they wanted to succeed in. They have advanced degrees. The major they studied in is what they teach to the students. Sometimes teachers can teach more than one subject. When they are not teaching they are either working at another job or are at home. High school and college differ in the costs associated with attending school.
In high school, attending school is free. Students don’t have to worry about paying for classes, buying books, and buying other materials needed for specific classes some students are taking. The school usually supplies the utensils for writing, class notebooks and items for crafts. An article by Drew Appleby of Indiana University of Pennsylvania states, “ You are provided with textbooks at little or no expense” (2014). Just about everything is taken care of for high schoolers. High Schoolers seem to be getting an easy ride through high school without the worries of school costs. The only thing that students may need to pay for is school trips. They will sometimes need to buy their own food and drinks and some admission fees involved with the trip. High school students also do not have to worry about living expenses and transportation. They rely on their parents to give them a ride to school and give them a roof over their heads.
In college however, everything comes with a price. Classes must be paid for in order for a student to be enrolled in class. Students must pay outside fees like parking permits, medical fees, and sometimes club fees. College students may sometimes need to pay for books needed for specific subjects and buy other side materials needed for class. Some students also have to pay living expenses which includes rent, water and gas, electricity and other bills. Not only must they worry about living expenses but also need money to buy gas for their transportation and buy food to eat. Dr. Drew Appleby states, “ Students must learn to rely on themselves…” (2013). With food and gas going up lately some college students are barely making it. Often, college students are stressing about getting through the week and having a job to support themselves while in school.
The high school learning experience is very different from college. In high school, a teacher will create a lesson plan and will interact with the students. In class students are expected to read different short assignments and then talk about them in class discussions. If a students does not understand the material, the teacher will slow down and re-teach the lesson. When it comes to testing, teachers will go over past assignments and point out important points that will be on the test to help the students study. In high school, students attend school for about 8 hours a day 5 days a week. An article by Southern Methodist University states, “You Seldom need to read anything more than once, and sometimes listening in class is enough” (2013). In high school, Students are able to study 0-2 hours a week for last minute review.
In college, the professor expects you to follow the syllabus and know what would be done in class and what assignments are due the next time they meet. When it comes to testing, college students must make time to study outside of class and review lecture notes for the upcoming test. Rarely, professors will take the time to review in class. During this time it is a great idea to ask questions and participate in class discussions. Participating will help you remember different concepts that will be on the test. In college, spend 12 to 16 hours in class each week. “You need to study at least 2 to 3 hours outside of class each hour in class.” states The Southern Methodist University (2013). College students have to make time to study in between classes, breaks and between homework. The learning experience in college requires much more independence and effort than high school. Just about everyone goes to high school and transitions to college and know that college is more complex and challenging than high school. As stated in the paper’s epigraph, “Change is the end result of all true learning”, change is the product of a life lesson. There is a big change transitioning from high school to college which requires a high schooler to mature and take responsibility of being a college student. The transitioning student will realize that struggles of everyday college life and feel the stress that hovers over the students. They will realize the cost for books and other subject materials, the different learning experiences in each class, and how different professors are from high school teachers.
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