The difference between School and University

    October 31st 2010, 18:38pm - Posted by Administrator

  • School is where we study for the longest period of time of our lives, is the place where we begin our academic journey and get familiar with the books, information and writing ideas. Those who stand out as "high achievers" get the opportunity to go to college and universities for higher education.Probably, you have been the brightest student of your class or school and students around around lack the intelligence and receptiveness in studies compare to you. You are the person to go to when someone in the class needs help with their assignments, or when no one has the answer to a question thrown in by the teacher. If you share even half of the said above, you had better be ready to lose your edge over fellow students when you enter college/university this year.

    Students fairly confident in themselves being bright and knowledgeable in school are usually taken off guard when they face a tougher competition at university and college level. An article published in The Independent cast light on this matter. A student was quoted accepting that in school he was used to being the best but things drastically changed for him when he entered the college. Students at college had a broad level of intelligence and the ideas and "in depth knowledge" that he used to impress his school mates did not faze his class fellows in college. The questions asked in lectures by students hold greater depth and intelligence than what most students experience in schools. This makes others student think and study harder to reach the top of their tree.

    The most noticeable difference between studies at school and college is the type of instructions student receive from their teachers. In schools, for each subject, not more than two books are advised to ready and work through. While in colleges, students may have to go through several books for a particular topic of the course. They have to decide themselves what book and topic is helpful for the course they are taking, especially those who pursue disciplines like psychology, philosophy etc. Students are not told directly about each new concept but they themselves have to grasp the distinction among different concepts and then plan their studies further accordingly.

    Many students who do not realize and accept the difference of school and college and the amount of efforts it takes to stay in the game, soon start falling behind on their grades and courses. In such situations, it’s important for them to admit the challenges before them and brace up themselves with the necessary studies and help from tutors to last until the completion of their degrees. Getting help from fellow students could be very helpful in building the grasp on various subjects and preparing for the exams. A subject new to a student may be a well read subject for many others. Similarly, another subject may be new for many students but a few of them can help the rest with their prior knowledge of the subject. This helps bring up the knowledge and skill of students at par to attempt their exams successfully and build a strong relationship through out the study.

    Things which you found hard to accomplish in school, like writing up a 500 words essay may turn into a habit of churning out 3000 words reports as often as twice a week. The overall attitude has to change to learn and survive in college/university. Students have to give everything they have to offer towards their studies and procrastination and unplanned attitude only proves to be counter productive. In return, the reward of learning and gaining deeper and deeper knowledge of the field of study student has chosen is great. It’s exciting to gain advanced studies and rub shoulders with the best learners.

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