High School VS College Counselor plans student classes each year & schedules appointments Student plans and registers for his/her own classes; Student schedules appointments with counselor Classes are one year long Classes may be 7-18 weeks long at different times and different locations Grades reflect quizzes, attendance, extra credit, homework, conduct Tests are given less frequently; grades may be based on midterm and final exams Parents have access to student information Students 18+ years must give parents permission to access school records Open House, mid-term progress reports Students monitor their own progress Students take specific courses for graduation You choose from a large list of courses Teachers meet with students throughout the day, before or after class College instructors have private offices & office hours Classes are smaller & meet every day Classes are larger and may only meet once a week
Adapted from The Essential College Experience by Gardner & Jewler, sixth edition High School VS College More text-book focused “ Lecture focused” students expected to actively participate in the learning process and interact in class Emphasis may be on learning facts Emphasis is in developing critical thinking skill Less freedom within school hours; attendance office tracks if student skips class Student responsible for his/her own attendance Writing assignments primarily required for English courses More writing required; higher level of writing skills expected More “textbook focused” Classes offer no homework time, students must dedicate at least two hours of study per unit per week, i.e., a three unit class requires 6 hrs of study per week plus 3 hrs of class time per week. Add this to a work schedule
Follow These Tips!
Organize your time, it’s like money!
Use the study formula to decide how
many units you can handle
Be part of a study group
Develop your reading and critical thinking skills
Meet with your instructor during office hours
Study Formula and Why you should know it Study Formula: At Least 2 hours of study per unit per week
School and Work Load Per Week Study Formula: 2 hrs of study per unit, per week Units Class Time Minimum Study Time Work School Hours and Work 14-16 14-16 28-32 hrs 5-15 hrs = 47- 63 12 12 24 hrs 20 hrs = 56 9 9 18 hrs 30 hrs = 57 6 6 12 hrs 40 hrs = 58
Follow These Steps
Do your best on the College Placement Test
Attend the Early Admission Program Orientation to College and complete the registration worksheet
Ask Questions if you’re confused!!
Know how to register and get on a waiting list for each semester-it’s your job now!
Take your Math, Reading, Writing courses right away
Schedule a counseling appointment early in the semester for a Student Education Plan
What is an SEP?
(Student Education Plan)
The complete list of your required coursework based on selected major
Coursework for Transfer: Prerequisites, General Education, Major preparation
Coursework for Associates Degree: General Education, major, graduation requirements
Update your SEP every semester ; Update immediately if you change your major
What is a SxS?
(Semester by Semester)
Based on your SEP major
Breaks down your SEP by semester
Includes the sequence of pre-requisite coursework
Lets you know which courses to take each semester
Lets you know how long it takes to graduate or transfer