EXPECTATIONS AND ASSUMPTIONS
WHAT ARE SOME DIFFERENCES BETWEEN HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE THAT YOU'VE ALREADY NOTICED?
HIGH SCHOOL VS. COLLEGE
You’re lucky to know one person in your class.
You know everyone in your class.
College textbooks can be expensive.
High school books are provided are little to no cost.
You have the option to live at home, in a dorm, Greek housing, or with friends.
You live with your parents/guardian.
You set your own schedule.
Your schedule is set by the school district.
You choose your subject matter and the amount of time it takes you to complete it.
You are required to take specific subject matter for a specific amount of time.
If a teacher is absent, you don't have class.
If a teacher is absent, you have a substitute teacher.
Attendance is important.
Attendance is mandatory.
Guiding Principle Differences
You are expected to take responsibility for yourself and the consequences of your decisions.
You will usually be told what to do and corrected if your behavior is out of line.
Instructors may not check work, but will assume you know how to do it, will not remind you of assignments, and expect you to either ask or get missed work from classmates.
Instructor may reference textbook, but will not necessarily teach directly from it. They will expect you to ask for help.
Instructors want students to meet with them during their scheduled office hours.
Teachers check your homework, remind you to complete it, and provide work for you when you're absent.
Teachers present material to help you understand materials in the textbook and will approach you if they believe you need help.
Teachers are often available to speak before, during, or after class.
HIGH SCHOOL TEACHERS VS. COLLEGE INSTRUCTORS
College is a learning environment in which you take responsibility for thinking through and applying what you have learned.
High School is a teaching environment in which you acquire facts and skills..
INSTRUCTOR GUIDING PRINCIPLES
INFREQUENT, COVERS A LARGE AMOUNT OF MATERIAL IN ONE TEST, MAY BE CUMULATIVE.
TESTS MAY BE ON THE SAME DAY,MAKEUP TESTS ARE SELDOM AND MUST BE REQUESTED.
REVIEW SESSIONS ARE SELDOM AND YOU ARE EXPECTED TO BE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT.
FREQUENT AND COVERS SMALL AMOUNT OF MATERIAL.
LIKELY TO BE REARRANGED TO AVOID CONFLICT IN SCHOOL SCHEDULES, MAKE UP TESTS ARE USUALLY POSSIBLE.
REVIEW SESSIONS OCCUR WITH IMPORTANT CONCEPTS BEING POINTED OUT.
HIGH SCHOOL TESTS VS. COLLEGE TESTS
Mastery is often seen as the ability to apply what you've learned to new situations or to solve new kinds of problems.
Mastery is usually seen as the ability to reproduce what you were taught in the form in which its presented.
TESTS GUIDING PRINCIPLES
MAY NOT BE PROVIDED FOR ALL ASSIGNED WORK
TESTS AND PAPER GRADES USUALLY PROVIDE MOST OF THE COURSE GRADE, EXTRA CREDIT ISN'T GIVEN, NO GUARANTEE THAT EARLY TESTS DO NOT AFFECT GPA.
THERE ARE DEPARTMENTAL STANDARDS REGARDING GPA.
GIVEN FOR MOST WORK
CONSISTENTLY GOOD HOMEWORK GRADES MAY RAISE OVERALL GRADES, EXTRA CREDIT POSSIBLE, INITIAL TEST GRADES MAY NOT NEGATIVELY AFFECT GPA.
AS LONG AS YOU HAVE A D OR HIGHER YOU CAN GRADUATE.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADES VS. COLLEGE GRADES
RESULTS COUNT. "GOOD FAITH EFFORT" IS IMPORTANT TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE GOOD RESULTS.
EFFORT COUNTS. COURSES ARE USUALLY STRUCTURED TO REWARD A "GOOD FAITH EFFORT."
GRADES GUIDING PRINCIPLES