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  1. You're in charge of this thing. For many students, the most striking thing about college is that there's no one there to hold your hand. Picking courses, getting to class, doing the reading, and figuring out what's going to be on the test and what's expected on the papers - all of these are things you're going to have to do pretty much on your own.
  2. Your parents may not be of much help to you. Some students are on their smart phone five times a day, or tweeting ten times a day, looking for advice from Mom or Dad. But even the best-intentioned parents can lead you astray.
  3. Attendance isn't required - but is expected. One of the first things many college students discover is that college classes can be huge: 100, 200, and, at some state schools, even up to 700 students in a lecture.In such an anonymous environment, it's the easiest thing in the world to tell yourself there's no good reason to go to class. But professors assume you've made all the classes and they have no hesitation about asking midterm or final questions that focuses solely on the contents of a single lecture. Kinda makes you want to go, doesn't it? (A lot of scholarships and financial aid such as TN Promise also require you either go to class, or you lose the aid).
  4. Content is doled out in large units. You may be used to getting your content in short, entertaining blasts, the one to three minute Youtube video or the 140 character Tweet, but the professor is thinking in terms of the fifty minute lecture. Bottom line? You've got to adjust your focus from quick bursts, to a sustained argument.
  5. Up to 2/3 the work is done OUTSIDE of the class. Contrary to what you might have heard, the lecture portion of the class is actually the least time consuming. Doing the reading, homework, preparing for quizzes and tests, doing research and projects, all happen outside of the classroom.
  6. A C is a really bad grade. Many first year college students and even some who have been at college a while - think that if they get all C's in all their classes they're doing just fine. But what these folks need to realize is that in college courses - the grade distribution is 20-30% A's, 30-60% B's, and only 15-30% C's. So, set your sights accordingly. (These C's come back to bite you when applying for graduate school).
  7. Not everyone who teaches is a professor. At many state universities - especially those where the ratio is 15 to 1 or greater - most of the teaching is done by graduate students. Whenever possible, ensure you are signing up for classes that will be taught by an actual professor.
  8. It's the product that counts. Many students think that it's the effort that counts. That's why- when papers are returned, there's always a line of students waiting to argue how many hours they worked. The things is, in college what counts the most is the product: the paper itself (not how it was produced).
  9. Understanding is more than just memorizing. While some intro courses require more memorizing, (vocabulary etc), some courses will actually require you write essays as part of the exam. You'll also be asked to analyze and apply concepts to new cases, so it's very important you actually understand the content.
  10. The professor is on your side- and wants to help you. Many students see the professor as the enemy who needs to be defeated. But really, the professor is eager to teach you and (believe it or not) would like to see you do well. That's because, in many cases, he or she has foregone a much more lucrative career in their field to spend time teaching you. So when the professor asks you for an office visit, Skype, or review session, do it.
The Secrets of College Success, 3rd Edition, Jacobs, L., & Hyman, J.
ISBN 978-1-119-56180-4
10 Things You Need to Know About College

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