Oh yes. It is all on you! No one will be there to pick your classes or to make you study. You are in charge of your college experience.
Your parents will know all the answers.
We depend on our parents to know all the answers, but college is a different story. In most cases, it's been years since they've been a college student. Times have changed. It's up to you to find help.
Attendance isn't required, but is expected.
Not all instructors mark attendance. However, they do expect you to know all the material for exams. That would make you want to go wouldn't it?
Content is short and sweet.
You might be used to short explanations, but don't expect that in a college classroom. Teachers tend to have lectures at least 50 minutes. Grab your coffee and take notes!
You'll be able to do work in class.
About two-thirds of work is done outside of the classroom. Instructors expect the work to be done before class starts. It's probably best not to do it in the back of the room while the lecture is going on.
C is passing.
C's are actually a bad grade compared to high school standards. Set your sights accordingly.
Not everyone who teaches is a professor.
At many state universities the student-faculty ratio is 15 to 1 or greater. You will see graduate students teaching classes. Sometimes the student will be advanced, other times they will be a first-year grad student.
Not in college. It's all about the product. It's about the paper (not how it was produced), the test (not how much you studied for it), and the oral presentation (not how much you knew about the subject, but couldn't quite get it out).
Understanding is more than just memorizing.
You may be asked to memorize vocabulary in the introductory course, but it's all about applying and analyzing concepts in the advance courses.
Professors are on your side.
It might be intimidating to even answer a professor's question. Maybe even scarier to ask for help. In reality, they want you to pass! They challenge you only to make you better. If they have office hours, take advantage of the opportunity to ask help!
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