As students prepare to embark on the next phase of their academic journey and transition from high school to college, it’s natural to feel uncertain about how their study habits will fare in this exciting and stressful new environment, myself included. While some high school study habits can certainly provide a solid foundation for college, there are notable differences between the two forms of study, and the coursework in general.
High school is intended to prepare students for their next steps in life, as they learn to develop skills that are essential for success in college, such as time management, note-taking, and test taking strategies. The coursework provides students with the ability to read and analyze complex texts, write essays, and participate in class discussions, all of which are critical skills for college-level work.
These fundamental skills can indeed serve as a stepping stone to college success, although it’s crucial for students to understand that college study demands a higher degree of self-sufficiency and independence than high school.
Unlike high school, where students have a set schedule of classes and assignments with deadlines clearly outlined by their teachers, college students are responsible for managing their own schedules and meeting deadlines on their own accord. This requires a higher degree of self-discipline, time management skills, and accountability than what is typically required and learned in high school. In college, students are expected to take complete responsibility for their own learning and to be proactive in seeking out resources and support when needed. They must be willing to advocate for themselves in order to succeed, and prepared to take charge of their own education, seeking out resources and support that they may need. While high school study habits provide a stepping stone for the college lifestyle, it’s important for students to be aware of the differences between high school and college-level work. By developing the virtues of responsibility, students can successfully navigate the transition from high school to college.
Taking the initiative to seek out assistance is a crucial aspect of a successful college experience. College is about thriving, not just barely scraping by. Developing strong time management skills, and learning how to advocate for themselves, students can transition from high school to college, and blossom in their new environment.