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LLCC Enrollment is by choice. Must pay tuition. Come to campus only for classes and activities. Compete with the best from many schools. Less family involvement. Some may even be jealous or resentful. Fewer days off; classes rarely canceled for bad weather. May not know another student on campus.
8. LLCC offers a wide choice of courses and majors to enhance learning in a field of personal interest or enjoyment. 9. More lecture-type classes. 10. Teachers have a schedule and cannot alter it because students have an athletic event, illness, transportation problem, sick child, no baby-sitter, or other concern. Attendance policies still apply. 11. Little repetition; material is covered at a faster pace. 12. Study skills and time management are the student’s responsibility 13. Student responsible for knowing when assignments are due and how to complete them. Assignment may be announced once or only posted in the syllabus or on Blackboard. 14. May receive a grade with no teacher feedback. Not allowed to re-do and/or re-submit an assignment. 15. Critical thinking, application, and understanding required. Answers may not be in the text or lecture.
High School 1. Enrollment is mandatory. 2. Mostly free public schooling. 3. Attendance is all day, every day. 4. Compete with only those in your school. 5. Usually a lot of family support. 6. More holidays and other days off. 7. Surrounded by friends and classmates you’ve known since kindergarten. 8. Curriculum is more basic and structured. 9. Mostly discussion classes. 10. Teachers may be willing to work around athletics and other personal or school events, allowing you to complete work or take tests at your convenience. 11. Repetition from day to day and year to year. 12. Assignments often started in class. Students have study halls. 13. Hovering teachers go through assignments step by step, keeping students on track.
14. Teacher feedback is continual.
15. Sitting in class, learning the definitions, and knowing the main points may be enough for a good grade.
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16. Fewer tests are given. Assignments are worth more points each. 17. STUDY, STUDY, STUDY! 18. REVIEW, REVIEW, REVIEW! Test preparation is a continuous process. 19. You own your texts; they are your tools. Mark important points; add comments. 20. You are responsible for taking notes during class lectures. (If you have a learning disability, see the Special Needs Professional.) 21. You may find yourself juggling a combination of a full time job, classes, study, kids, spouse, sports, and more. 22. Athletics, clubs, music and other college activities: you are on your own to arrange your classes around practice times and talk to your professors if occasionally events overlap class times. 23. The student is responsible for all correspondence with a teacher. FERPA laws do not allow college faculty and personnel to discuss grades, etc. with a student’s family members unless the student signs a permission waver. 24. LLCC may be an hour or more from home, and students must provide their own transportation. 25. Students are old enough to live on their own, if desired. 26. LLCC is prep for a 4 year degree or an adult job/career.
16. Many tests and assignments worth fewer points each. 17. Only need to complete assigned homework. 18. Study for a test an hour the night before or 15 minutes the “morning of.” 19. Books are loaned to you. “Don’t you dare touch your pencil to that book!” 20. Teachers “spell out” what you need to learn. 21. School is your “full time job.” An outside job is probably held on weekends and worked around your school schedule. 22. Time is often blocked out for extra-curricular activities. You are automatically excused from class in cases of conflict. 23. Frequent communication with parents/guardians including parent-teacher conferences, notes, and phone calls home.
24. School is located close to home, possibly within walking distance, and/or provides bus service. 25. Students still live at home under parent’s/guardian’s “wing.” 26. High school is a “stepping stone” into college or a minimum wage job.
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