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Academic Differences Between High School and College
- Actual time spent in classes is considerably less in college than in high school, creating much more free time.
- The freedom to cut classes or spend time with friends is much greater in college than in high school. Not attending class, however, is directly correlated to failure in college.
- College professors spend much more time lecturing and expect students to read and study textbooks on their own.
- Studying in college does not necessarily mean homework; it means independent learning, such as reading, reviewing notes or studying outside sources in the library.
- For every hour in class, 2-3 hours outside of class should be spent studying.
- Tests in college are generally given less frequently than in high school, so grades are based on fewer opportunities.
- In college (C, not C-) is generally considered the lowest passing grade; anything lower can risk probation or dismissal.