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The Difference Between High School and College

The transition from high school to college can come as a bit of a shock to some. Here are a few of the main differences you will experience – bearing in mind that: forewarned is forearmed.

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Important points to take note of:

  • Learn to manage your time. Plan ahead and make your studies a priority, making space for everything else.
  • Do not assume that because you did well in high school that you will automatically do well at college. The level of cognitive and critical engagement, marking criteria and other factors require different levels of synthesis and understanding.
  • Be patient with yourself. You are entering a new phase in your life and a different learning environment, a transition which takes time to adjust to.
  • Remember to look after your health both mentally and physically. Good nutrition, regular exercise and a balanced study schedule are all basic requirements for success at college and in life.
  • Read your Course Outlines and Student Rules and Regulations Booklet. Your lecturers and Boston support staff will assume you have done so and that you are familiar with Boston’s policies and procedures.
  • Attending college is not like attending school or having a job – your hours are not set and you will need to be flexible in terms of your study patterns.
  • You need to be proactive, be it in terms of making friends or approaching a lecturer for assistance.


From Secondary School to University. (2015). Retrieved from:  http://www.deakin.edu.au/students/study-support/new-students/secondary-school  [Accessed on: 08 February 2016].

How is College Different from High School. (n.d.). Retrieved from: http://www.smu.edu/Provost/ALEC/NeatStuffforNewStudents/HowIsCollegeDifferentfromHighSchool  [Accessed on: 08 February 2016].

School to Uni: What’s the Difference? (2014). Retrieved from:  https://www.adelaide.edu.au/writingcentre/learning_guides/learningGuide_schoolToUniWhatsTheDifference.pdf  [Accessed on: 08 February 2016].