You have just finished high school and you are on your way to college. You are not sure what to expect as you enter into what appears to be a new world. The butterflies are moving all around in your stomach, but you are still excited and anxious to take this new educational journey. Although college differs significantly from high school, there are also many similarities. Here is a guide on what you can expect when going to college.
Varying Class Sizes
The size of your classes will differ depending on the course and the college you will be attending. Although most colleges normally have no more than 30 students per class, class size can be has high as 150 students.
When you start going to college, you will discover that you have a lot more reading. College Professors will expect you to comprehend, interpret, and evaluate the ideas of others. This is why it is so important to major in something that you really enjoy because you will need to emerge yourself in the reading to see academic success.
Greater Emphasis on Test
Although you may have homework assignments or small projects during your freshman year, these task will play a small role in determining your final grade. With most college courses, your grades will define how well you do on the midterm and final exam. In most courses, you will discover that you only have a midterm and final.
When going to college, you will have much more freedom than you did in high school. No hall monitors or teachers will be checking up on you. The school does not notify your parents if you have missed your classes. The success of your college education is solely dependent on you.
Consequences for Low Grades
Unlike high school, if your grade point average falls below a certain level, you will probably be placed on academic probation. If you fail to reach the desired grade point average within the specified time frame, you run the risk of being withdrawn from the university.
More Independent Study
When going to college, you are expected to learn the information on your own. The professor will go over some things while in class but the bulk of what you are expected to know will be acquired from reading the text book. For every hour that you spend in class during your freshman year, expect to spend at least two hours reading and studying.
Attend Every Class
During your freshman year are expected to attend every class. There is no such thing as making up a lecture. If you miss a lecture, you may have possibly missed a homework assignment or a test date. This is why it is important to establish a friendship with someone in the class. This person can brief you on what you missed and possibly let you copy their notes.