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Is Your Student Ready for College-Level Classwork?

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Teachers tell students frequently when assignments are due and tests are scheduled. Students are responsible for completing assignments and taking tests on time as outlined in the syllabus.
Teachers tell students what they need to study. Students determine what they need to learn.
Teachers provide outlines, notes and study guides. Students take notes and prepare their own outlines and study guides.
Teachers provide progress / grade reports frequently. Students monitor their own progress and calculate their own grades.
Teachers provide the information needed for successful completion of the class. Students must have prerequisite knowledge and skills before starting the class.
Teachers ask questions and lead discussions. Students are expected to generate questions and initiate discussion.
Teachers cover all course content during class time. Students are responsible for learning all material whether or not it is presented in class.
Teachers give tests over the material and provide make-up tests and retakes. Students take fewer tests over larger amounts of material and are not necessarily allowed to make-up or retake tests.
Grades are based on many assignments: class participation, extra-credit opportunities and many quiz and test grades. Student grades are based on a small number of assessments.
Parents have open communication with the teacher and their student. Due to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), communication is between only the student and professor.
Subject matters may be avoided to gear instruction towards high school student population. College courses sometimes deal with controversial issues or subject matter.


Updated April 06, 2016