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5 differences between studying in high school vs. studying in college

Boy StudyingGoing to college means rethinking your approach to studying. Your high school study approach can actually doom you to failure in college if you treat college like “13th grade.” Here are five things to consider.

Sheer Quantity of Time Spent.

In high school, most students study/”cram” when they have a given test. College means continuous studying, probably 10-12 hours a week.

Absorption Versus Memorization.

College professors test your grasp of the material presented in class. Goodbye memorization.

You’ll Own Your Time.

How you own and schedule your time and whether or not you commit to learning class material is totally your responsibility. Think 9 – 5 and treat each day as a work day.

People studying in a coffee shop

You’ll (Likely) Have Committed Students Around You.

Collaborate and study together.

You’ll Have Fewer Opportunities to Shine.

Classes are graded much differently and you may have fewer opportunities to “make the grade.” Know your professor’s expectations and ask for help if you have questions. With the right strategies and commitment, you can excel in college. Just remember that college is not an extension of high school. Collin College has many campus resources—Use them.

Adapted from: Patrick O’Brien is author of ‘Making College Count’ and a professor at the Farmer School of Business at Miami University. Contributing: Mary Ann Willis from Bayside Academy in Daphne, Alabama.

Article from USA Today College Contributor Network.