How College is Different

Studying in High School — Studying in College


                  You may study outside of class as little as 0 to 2 hours each week.


                               You need to study at least 2 to 3 hours outside of class for each hour in class (often more for math and science classes).


                  You often need to read or hear presentations only once to learn all you need to know about them.


                         You need to review class notes and text material regularly and multiple times.


                  You are expected to do short assignments that are then discussed and often re-taught in class.


                               You are assigned substantial amounts of homework which is not addressed in class and you must learn mostly on your own.


                  You will usually be told in class what you needed to learn from the assigned reading.


                         It’s up to you to read and understand the assigned material. Lecture and assignments proceed from the assumption that you’ve already done so.


                Mastery is seen as the ability to reproduce what you were taught in the form it was presented to you, or to solve the kinds of problems you were shown to solve.


                         Apply what you learned to new situations or to solve new kinds of problems.