Upcoming Freshman survival guide
Academic and career planning- D'Azia Wilson
High school vs. college-Torez Moore
In order to survive in college, you will have to learn the differences between college and high school.
1. One difference you need to know before getting into college is that you do need to pay to get in and is optional while high school is free but usually required.
2. Another thing to know is that you must manage your time in college while high school the instructor would usually take care of that. This means randomly getting work from the website and doing it during your own time. It’s kind of like homework but it’s usually a daily thing.
3. The next one is a big one, you should really have access to a computer and printer or usb to save your work and bring it in to print out. In high school, if you did work on the computer, the teacher would take the class to the library to do the work. In college, a lot of work is assigned over PSTCC and you will have to check it often.
4. Another difference would be the fact that you can’t miss nowhere as many days in college that you could in high school. I know that in my Reading and College Success, I could only miss 6-7 days since it was only on Tuesdays and Thursday. There are no excuses, being sick to having a broken limb, it does not matter.
5. This next one is more situational but still applies to surviving college, this does not apply to PSTCC but some classes can have over 100 people in it. So expect it if you go or are going to a campus with a large student body.
6. You should be careful about grades as they are a lot different. In high school I would always know my grades by asking the teacher but in college its up to you to check it at all times. Also some classes may not have a lot of work that is graded. Example being my English 1010 class only has 5 graded assignments through the entire semester. That means doing bad on one of those would hurt my grade a lot more than getting one bad in high school.
7. Another difference is that Professors may not always check completed homework, but they will assume you can perform the same tasks on tests opposed to teachers in high school would normally check all the work you did.
Now that was a lot of things that can seem stressful to deal with or adapt to but there are benefits so going to college that high school did not have.
1. The first and probably the coolest thing is that you usually have more free time depending on what your schedule is. I only have college for 1 hour on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and only 4 hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays with two 15 minute breaks.
2. Another thing is that you can make your own schedule of what your classes will be and can be more flexible to fit the personal life though classes are offered at specific times so don’t think you can’t make a time for the class to start. Still this is much better than going for 7 hours all week like you did in high school.
Time managing :krysten nieves
Many students discover the need to develop or hone their time management skills when they arrive at college. Unlike high school where teachers frequently structured your assignments and classes filled your day, in college, you will have less in-class time, more outside of class work, and a great deal of freedom and flexibility. These pages provide you with tips for managing your time well so you can get the most out of your Dartmouth experience. Keys to successful time management include:
- Self knowledge and goals
- Developing and maintaining a personal, flexible schedule
- Time log