UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

Ability Services

Transition from High School

 

How College Students are Different from High School Students

  • College students have an adult’s right to privacy.
  • Students who need additional support are expected to request it, versus wait for someone else to notice.
  • Regardless of a disability, all students are expected to earn a C average, otherwise they may be suspended.

How College Course Work is Different from High School

  • A college course tends to go quickly and deeply into the subject matter. The professor may be changing what is taught from one semester to the next. Anyone who isn’t hearing the lectures and reading the textbook probably has limited ability to help a student on lessons.
  • All students are expected to do the same course work and are graded the same way, regardless of any disability issues.
  • The reading assignments are considerably larger than in high school.
  • There are few tests, so the tests that do occur cover more information and count heavily. There can be test questions about reading assignments, even though the professor never discussed the reading in class.
  • Besides tests, there are few other ways to earn points for grades.
  • Because of all these things, students should be studying course material regularly, even if no test is about to occur. There is simply too much information to learn on a periodic study basis, or to cram just before a test.

How Professors are Different from High School Teachers

  • Professors don’t watch individual students closely to make sure they’re being successful.
  • Professors lecture during class, and expect students to independently study and perform assignments on their own time.
  • Professors rarely grade students on effort; grades are usually heavily based on the students’ ability to demonstrate what they’ve learned.
  • Professors rarely allow students to repeat a test or assignment for a higher grade.
  • Professors may deduct more points for late assignments, compared to high school teachers.
  • If someone asks a professor how a particular student is doing many weeks after a course has begun, the professor may say, "I'm not sure, so far we haven't had any tests or assignments."

Contact Us

Ability Services
Your Access Resource Center

715-425-0740

ability.services@uwrf.edu
Fax: 715-425-0742
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
129 Hagestad Hall

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