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Transitioning from high school to college is an adjustment. Unlike high school, college students are able to choose their class schedule. Classes meet mornings, afternoons, evenings, Saturdays, or online. Typically, there are several sections of the same course so students can build a schedule that works best for them. Although students may not be in class for more than several hours a week, they are expected to complete two to three hours of outside study for each unit of credit. For 12 credits, that is at least 24 hours of out of class study time. If a student is attending college full time (12+ credits), we recommend they not be working a full time job as well. College is a full time job!
We encourage parents to take on the role of supporter, mentor, and coach. Help your student to understand that they need to advocate for themselves. Their attendance and performance is not monitored like it is in high school. Encourage your student to:
The following is a list of helpful information to keep in mind prior to the start of classes:
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