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Moving from high school to college is a big step. Don't think of this transition as simply moving to the next grade. There are major differences between high school and college. You should be aware of these differences so that you can be prepared for them when you begin college.
Here are the most important differences between high school and college:
Tip: Consider the times that classes meet. Don't schedule very early classes if it is difficult for you to get going in the morning.
Tip: You will have to manage your time between classes very carefully.
Tip: Much of what will be tested is presented in class. Attend class even if the teacher doesn't take attendance.
Tip: You will receive less individual attention in college classes, so that you will have to work harder to stay focused.
Tip: Completing assignments is an important part of the learning process. Complete all your assignments even if the work is not checked.
Tip: Read the syllabus frequently and add notes to it as needed. Have it with you at all times.
Tip: Schedule review sessions with some of the other students in your class.
Tip: Use graphic organizers and other similar devices to organize information that may be presented in a disorganized manner.
Tip: Schedule sufficient time and stick to your schedule.
Tip: Tests will cover too much information to allow you cram in one or two sessions. Keep up with the pace of the class and begin studying for a test a week or so before it is to be given.
Tip: Your class grade will primarily depend on tests scores and your grades on papers. Give these the emphasis they require.
Tip: Read your textbooks and other required materials in an active manner. Develop questions to be answered and take written notes.
These differences between high school and college mean that to succeed in college, you will have to take more responsibility and work harder than you did in high school.