Tips For A Successful Transition From High School To College
If you have ever had a student that did not step up to the table in ninth grade, it may be due to the lack of interest in the subject area. Some students just don’t have the ability to transition smoothly between high school and college, or feel like they are capable of trying harder. High school is not all work all the time, but rather more of a time when students have time to study their subject material and be more involved in the classroom. Many students just want to be in class, at home, and in their free time.
Possibly the most difficult change is coming from the high school level, where students have had just one or two years of learning a subject matter. In ninth grade, subjects may be covered in half a semester, but in college, students will need to focus on a single topic for the entire academic year. There are a few key things for high school students to consider before a college career begins.
Before starting college, in ninth grade, research what you know and what you want to learn in the future. Find out what books or other resources have been helpful to you in high school, so that you can match your college studies and career interests. This will also help you avoid being overwhelmed by a sea of information when you first arrive at college. If you would rather skip the long learning process altogether, pursue a math-oriented major that will be a breeze to learn in college. If you want to go into the sciences, consider the liberal arts major that requires you to interact with people and be motivated by their need for information. If you are interested in creating things as an artist, consider the art and science arts major that provides you with the same opportunities, plus a liberal arts minor in a related field, such as literature.
There are several factors that determine your college progress: Individual academic strengths, future interest in the classroom, ability to be a team player, and more. It is critical to develop each of these characteristics as your high school education becomes a form of preparation for life after high school.