High School vs College

If you have not attended college before, there are a number of differences between the high school and college environments. There are also differences regarding what is expected of you as a student. 

A school for children becoming adults and learning to be responsible. A school for responsible adults.
Students are treated as children who need help. Students are treated as adult independent learners.
Students must attend school. Taking a college class is voluntary.
Class attendance is enforced by administration. Class attendance is expected, but is the responsibility of each student.
High school is free. College costs a lot of money!
Other people structure your time. Students are responsible for their own time.
Parents and teachers guide student decisions. Students are responsible for their own choices.
Homework is collected and graded. Homework often neither collected nor graded.
Homework is a significant part of one's grade. The purpose of homework is to learn and practice.
Teachers closely monitor attendance. Attendance is the responsibility of the student.
Teachers remind you about turning in work. Work deadlines are responsibility of the student.
Teachers will approach students who may have difficulties. Students must approach instructors if they want or need assistance.
Teachers may not be available outside of the classroom. Instructors are available during scheduled office hours.
Teachers make sure you take tests. Showing up for tests is the sole responsibility of the student.
Class preparation is minimal. Preparing for class requires a lot of time.
Homework is minimal. Doing homework requires 2 to 3 hours per 1 hour of class time per week.
Teachers guide study. Students are self-directed in studying.
Teachers have time to review material. There is usually not much time to review material in class.
Tests are frequent and cover one chapter. Tests are infrequent and cover a large amount of material.
A student's effort is part of the grade. Effort is necessary to learn, but is not directly graded.
A student may pass the class merely by attending every day. Passing a course depends on test performance.
Mastering the material in math is necessary for success in the next math course. Mastering the material in math is necessary for success in the next math course.

 It is assumed that college students voluntarily choose to pay for and take a course and will therefore make the required effort to be successful. College students will, when needed, take the initiative to seek assistance from their instructors, the Math Learning Center and their fellow students. 

College students behave like adults in the classroom by arriving on time, by being considerate of their classmates, by not being disruptive and by participating in discussions.

College students attend all their classes, do homework in a timely manner and come to class on time and well-prepared. 

"I believe it is prompt accountability for one's choices, a willing acceptance of responsibility of one's thoughts, behavior, and actions that make the soul powerful."
- Alice Walker