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Differences Between High School and College

University CampusHigh School
Pencil IconYou do homework.
Higher GPA than in collegeOnly study night before tests, GPR = 3.6
Other structure timeTime is structured by others
Spend more hours in classSpend 30 hours/week in class
Frequent testingTesting is frequent and covers small amounts of material
Less studying outside of classMay study outside of class as little as 0-2 hours/week
Little choice in scheduleLittle choice in your schedule
Teacher write notesTeachers write important information on the board for you to copy in notes
Homework can raise grade from test scoresHome work grades may raise your overall grade when test grades are low
Others motivate youOthers motivate you
Parents can receive direct communicationParents receive direct communication from HS
Bank IconCollege
Reading IconYou study!
Lower GPA than in high schoolOnly study night before tests, GPR = 2.3
You manage your timeManage your own time
Spend fewer hours in classMay spend as few as 12-15 hours/week in class
Infrequent testingTesting is infrequent and covers large amounts of material
More studying outside of classNeed to study 2-3 hours outside of class for every hour in class
Arrange own scheduleArrange your own schedule
You write notesProfessors may lecture non-stop, you identify the important points
Tests/Major paper provide most of the course gradeGrades on tests/major papers usually provide most of the course grade
Self-motivation is importantMust motivate yourself
FERPA prevents unauthorized people from receiving information about your gradesCommunication is with student only (FERPA)

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