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  1. Actual time spent in classes is considerably less in college than in high school, creating much more free time. What you do during this free time can greatly impact your academic success.

  2. The freedom to not attend classes is much greater in college than in high school. Not attending class, however, is directly correlated to academic struggles in college. Instructors may also drop students from their course for chronic absences where the student has not initiated any communication with the instructor or DSPS.

  3. College instructors spend much more time lecturing and expect students to read and study textbooks on their own. Textbooks often have to be purchased.

  4. Studying in college does not necessarily mean homework; it means independent learning, such as reading, reviewing notes or studying outside sources in the library.

  5. For every hour in class, two to three hours outside of class should be spent studying. For example, if you are in class for five (5) hours a week, you should be studying outside of class between ten (10) and fifteen (15) hours per week.

  6. Tests in college are generally given less frequently than in high school.

  7. Offering extra credit assignments is at the discretion of the college instructor.

  8. Students are responsible to initiate discussion with the instructor if there are any questions about academic progress in the class.

  9. College grades reflect the quality of work submitted. Grading standards are not modified or lowered.

  10. If a student is not meeting academic progress standards set by the college, the student may be put on probation or dismissal.
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