Differences Between High School and College

High School

 

College

  • Most assignments are handwritten and turned in directly to the teacher.
 
  • Most colleges use an online learning management system. GTC uses Blackboard.
  • Most instructors post assignments, announcements, and other important course materials in BlackBoard.
  • You must schedule time to work either on your own personal computer or in a computer lab.
     
  • Students have a structured, set schedule.
 
  • College offers flexibility and a variety of class options.
  • Students build their own custom schedules to meet their needs.
  • Classes can be taken face-to-face, online, or hybrid.
  • Classes offered during the day and in the evening.
     
  • Teachers often remind students when assignments are due.
 
  • Instructors do not constantly remind students about assignments; students are expected to follow the syllabus.
  • The course syllabus contains all the important information related to due dates, reading assignments, grading scale, student expectations, learning outcomes, and college policies.
     
  • Students do not spend more than 5-10 hours per week studying outside of class.
 
  • Studying rule of thumb: For every hour in class, study two hours outside of class.
  • Full-time students study on average 24-36 hours per week.
  • Study times may vary by course difficulty levels.
     
  • High school classes typically last a full school year, although some high schools offer block scheduling.
 
  • Typical college academic year: two 15-week semesters, fall and spring.
  • Classes typically meet twice a week, only 30 class meetings.
  • Summer semester is usually used to help students get ahead or get caught up on requirements for their program of study.
     
  • Teachers often provide students with notes and clearly identify what information will be on tests.
 
  • Great note-taking skills are a necessity for college students.
  • Students must be able to listen and to capture key points from the information that is presented in class.
     
  • High school graduation requirements are set by state and typically do not vary from student to student.
 
  • Graduation requirements differ from major to major.
  • Most majors have specific courses that must be completed with a certain grade in order for a student to receive credit for the course.
  • Students should work closely with their academic advisor to ensure that they take the correct courses to stay on track for graduation.
     
  • Teachers are more likely to approach students that may need help.
 
  • Students have to take the initiative to visit their instructors during office hours, to attend study sessions, to visit tutoring labs, and to get involved in campus activities.
  • Colleges have a wide variety of resources available to help students.