top-rated free essay

University 101 Mid Semester Reflective Essay

By itssarbear27 Oct 21, 2008 594 Words
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 more difficult by the fact that most freshmen introductory courses are huge sections of hundreds of students. This makes it difficult to ask questions and get more one-on-one time with the professor about the material taught in class. While the professors do have office hours, they are often only once or twice a week during a short amount of time during the day. This can be difficult if a student has a class during those times.

Though college classes are somewhat flustering at first because of these differences from high school classes, there are ways to work around and get used to the difficulties. For example, it is extremely beneficial to sit down with every syllabus and put every important date in a planner or calendar. Color-coding is an especially big help with this. The fast paced learning environment is even more challenging if a student does not read before class. If saved for the last minute, the readings pile up and add to the work load. If it is read by the suggested dates, the material taught in class is easier to understand and it is therefore easier to keep up with the fast pace. The easiest way to fix the problem of huge class sections is to sit close to the front and do not be afraid to ask questions. This also makes a person well known by the professor and will help them out when attempting to schedule appointments. If all of these tips are done, hopefully a student who cannot make office hours will not be hurt since they will not need as much extra help.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • QU 101 Essay

    ...Nikin Shah Professor Eaton QU 101 September 14th 2011 Barrack Obama’s Quest for Identity What exactly defines ones identity? According to Merriam Webster, identity is defined as the distinguishing character or personality of an individual. One’s quest for true identity can be quite the struggle as it was for Barrack Obama in the sto...

    Read More
  • Reflective Essay

    ...Title Assignment 3 - Reflective Essay Deadline 05/01/2015 Word Count 926 Student Details Student URN (7 digit number on Uni card) 6323428 Student Name Xinzhu Hu Programme MSc International Events Management Student Declaration To be agreed by Student Please refer to the University of Surrey Regulations for the Conduct of Examinations and Other...

    Read More
  • Reflective Essay

    ... Reflective Essay Jazmine Caballero Walden University Dr. Paul Trautman EDUC 6731: Assessment for Student Learning June 28, 2015 Reflective Essay I can give faith that my assumptions about assessment have been changed throughout this course. Dr. Davies stated, “When students are involved in the classroom assessment...

    Read More
  • Reflective Essay

    ...Public Speaking Wire Tapping My topic that I’m going to talk about is wiretapping, the history, how it is used, and how people feel about it. Wiretapping began in the early days when they had a telegraph system was invented in 1844 there were many human operators to take messages, so it was easy for law enforcement to intercept othe...

    Read More
  • Final Reflective Essay

    ...Erin Newton Deborah Schwartz, Instructor English 102 21 April 2014 Final Reflective Essay During my time in Professor Schwartz’s English 102 class, I feel that I improved as a writer. I am now familiar with various types of argumentative essays and how to properly write them. Discussion assignments taught me how to review and synthesize a...

    Read More
  • ENGL 101 B22 ESSAY 1

    ...Alexis Chapman Mrs. Pike English 101-B22 January 30, 2015 Why homework is bad Since I was in Kindergarten, I have had homework. I can honestly say that it has not helped me a tremendous amount, but it was crucial that I had at least a few homework assignments over the week. I currently nanny a second grader, Langley and a forth grader, ...

    Read More
  • argumentative essay english 101

    ...because texting on a cell phone is totally different then typing on a keyboard. Texting can be compared to free writing and most of the time students don’t realize what they are doing when their texting, but really they are practicing writing on a daily basis. Although, text messaging forsakes spelling, sentence structure, capitalization, and ...

    Read More
  • Mid Semester

    ...A woman's obstetrical history is recorded as: number of pregnancies, known as gravida and number of pregnancies carried to viable gestational age , known as parity. Viable gestational age varies from region to region, for example in the UK it is considered to be 24 weeks whilst in the USA 23 weeks is considered viable. A woman who has never giv...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.