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  Since you are now enrolled in college, odds are that you were a pretty good student in high school. But no matter how successful a student you were, experience has shown that the learning skills you employed in high school will likely not be sufficient to guarantee success in your college courses.

  College professors will routinely expect you to exceed the accomplishments of your high school coursework, and that means you must adjust your study habits appropriately to meet this challenge. A good way to begin this adjustment process is to consider the ways in which college coursework differs from high school.

  Common differences between college and high school courses are that in college

  • Material is presented more rapidly and in larger quantities.
  • Fewer exams are given and each exam covers more material.
  • All assignments typically count toward the final grade.
  • Keeping up with previous material is essential to understand new topics.
  • Considerable out-of-class time investments are required to effectively learn course material.
  • Critical thinking is more important than rote memorization.
  • Students are expected not only to understand the specific examples given in class, but also to apply their knowledge broadly.
  • Neither professors nor parents are “looking over your shoulder” to ensure that necessary coursework gets done on time.
  • Help is available, but you must take the initiative to seek it out.

  Now let’s consider some general keys to academic success.

 


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