Is college as hard as they make it out to be?

Or are they just over exaggerating with the workload? Im having no problems in high school right now and im wondering if the transition to a 4 year college will be difficult?

18 Answers

  • Joy M
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    It really depends on how you approach homework and studying. Typically, especially in classes that require reading, the work load is greater. I've had professors give me 100 pages to read for homework to do for the next class. Something else that tends to make college more difficult is that your professors don't really care that you have 40 hours of homework in all of your other classes, you're expected to finish the work for that class. The ability to organize your schedule becomes extremely important, especially given that you'll probably have a lot more free time.

    Another important thing to do in college is to take advantage of any help that you may need; tutors, your professors, teaching assistants, etc.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    My experience was that 75 to 80% of getting through college is just showing up every day for your respective classes and pay attention while you are in there.

    They told us that for every hour of class or lab that we would have about two hours of homework but I personally found that to be a gross exaggeration and got by with about an equal split or even less homework but I did pay close attention to classroom discussions.

    If you are doing well enough in high school to get accepted to a 4 year institution then you shouldn't have any trouble in college. I'm trusting that you won't need remedial English, however.

    Good luck in your adventure and enjoy the ride. It's worth the cost of an "E" ticket. ( a little Disney lingo )

  • 1 decade ago

    Nope - as long as you do the work every day. If you slack off -- and try to cram for exams -- you will find it overwhelming. Set up a study schedule that is realistic and stick to the schedule (Do not structure something that is too ambitious i:e: Studying 10 hours a day -- set up something realistic like may 3-5 hours a day).

    In addition, some hints that I have learned -- read the chapters BEFORE the lecture. This will give you "reinforcement" as opposed to hearing the material for the first time -- which is an inefficient use of time. Also -- make your notes as soon as you can directly after class. Input your notes into files on your PC (and make backups) of the files. Print hard copies for your easy reference.

    In other words -- be organized, and engage in "active learning"

    One more hint -- use "old" exams to study from -- which are usually available in the library. This will give you a good idea as to the type of questions that are likely to be asked,

  • 1 decade ago

    hmm if u have no problem in high school then college shouldnt b that bad...its just a matter of gettin use to it...the workload is much heavier than highschool approx. u get an hour homework for every hours of depending on your classes and your program ..the amount of time you'll spend at school will be the same amount or more that you will HAVE TO spend at home to get everything right...any delaying anything even a day its really a bad idea and can get you really bad situations trust me u dont wanna go there or try it...unless ur a super genius...but like ive said only a matter of gettin use to so dont worry abt it so much

    take care and good luck

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  • 1 decade ago

    yes college is very hard. people who say that it's easy are slackers and are not high achievers. but if you are a high achiever (i.e. top tier ivy league colleges) then you will be stressed i guarantee it. When i was in college i was in a class full of people who got perfect scores on their entrance exams. Also, don't think that high school is the same as college in terms of 'work load'. Work load in college means studying, and going to work part time, AND engaging in extra-curricular activities like leadership activities, societies, sport etc. Now if you want a social life as well, then that's even harder. Life just gets more and more stressful as you get older, especially when you have kids. Enjoy your time in high school now, while you can, because they will be the best years of your life, then it's all downhill.

    Now you know why people do all nighters in college.

  • Yes, college is hard. Mostly because it's all on you. In high school, you get a lot of in class assignments and in class work time. Very few of my classes in college ever and anything in class, other than review assignments already assigned, or giving out new ones. But it's also a lot more fun that people let on. It's an experience that is worth having, but that you won't totally appreciate until its over.

  • 1 decade ago

    Perception has a lot to do with how you react to situations. Think of something as hard (no matter how easy it is, it will be hard), but think of it as easy (and no matter how hard it is), it will be easy. It is just a matter of perspective. The mind is a powerful tool for our body. College is not really hard. It just offers a lot of challenges and dedicated and diligent study. College is a preparatory phase for your professional career, so it is understandable that more adult responsibility and behaviour are expected. So, change your perception of college being difficult. Look at it as an exciting venue of exploring your capabilities and flexibility. There are no dumb students, only lazy ones. Diligence and hard work will help you get through college. So have faith in yourself, work hard and you will surely pass college with flying colors.

  • 1 decade ago

    It really depends on where you go. I went to a public school in Connecticut and took all AP and honors courses. I have since attended both American University in DC and Cornell (I transferred). I have/had no trouble at either schools (I would be no means consider myself a genius....just driven and somebody who was on the college track in high school). I think you will be golden especially if you are doing fine in honors/college prep or AP courses. Even if you aren't, I think you'll be okay at most colleges.

  • 1 decade ago

    I'd suggest you to take college preparatory courses of whatever you plan to study at college. That will prepare you sufficiently. For example, study calculus if you plan to pursue a Math degree.

    If you are getting As in all the easy courses in high school, challenge yourself more.

    I believe that if you study later something you're good at, something you enjoy, with adequate college preparation, it should not be a problem.

  • 1 decade ago

    You get more homework in college because you'll have less time in class. I liked it cause I felt more in control of what I did and when. But that's the trap some fall into. You have to be motivated to do what you need to do first. It can be really easy to blow off your assignments and just party, but that quickly catches up to you. If you're doing fine in high school I think you'll adjust to college easily.

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