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 A successful college student understands how their experience and expectations in college differ from previous experiences, including high school:

 High School College
Time

Your time is usually structured by others.

You are usually told what your responsiblities are and reminded of rules and deadlines.

You manage your own time.

You take responsiblity for what you do and don't do, as well as for the consequences of your decisions.

     
Courses

You spend about 30 hours a week in class.

Most of your courses are arranged for you.

You are not responsible for knowing what it takes to graduate

You spend 12-19 hours a week in class, if you are a full-time student.

You arrange your own schedule.

Graduation/transfer requirements are complex. You are expected to know and track your progress.

     
Instructors 

Instructors often take time to remind you of assignments and due dates.

Instructors apporach you and/or your parents if they believe you need special assistance.   

 Instructors expect you to read and save your course syllabus.

Instructors are open, helpful and maintain office hours. You must contact them when you need assistance.

Studying

You are expected to study 2-3 hours a week fro each class you are taking.

You read short assignments that are then discussed and often re-taught in  class.

You are expected to study or prepare 2 hours outside of class for every hour you are in class.

You must read and understand substantial amounts of material.

Assigned readings must be completed before class.

Non-traditional or adult students face all of the same aspects of college as a traditional high school student with a few significant differences:

 

 Adult Student College
Time

Your time may be competing with work and family committments.

Be flexible with your normal routine. Ask friends and family members to help out.

Get involved in a campus co-curricular organization and the Lifelong Learning Opportunity Students' (LEOS) Organization.

You manage your own time.

You take responsiblity for what you do and don't do, as well as for the consequences of your decisions.

     
Courses

Do not be intimidated by the idea of returning to school as an adult student. Remember: you are not alone.

If you have had an experience at a different college or university, be open-minded to the opportunities at RVCC. No two places are the same.

Meet with a First-Year Advisor to review transfer courses and remaining degree requirements.

You spend 12-19 hours a week in class, if you are a full-time student.

You arrange your own schedule.

Graduation/transfer requirements are complex. You are expected to know and track your progress.

     
Instructors 

Get to know your professors. They will be invaluable to you as you pursue your education.

Adult students are often the strongest students and Instructors appreciate the interactions and discussions in class sessions.

 Instructors expect you to read and save your course syllabus.

Instructors are open, helpful and maintain office hours. You must contact them when you need assistance.

Studying

Be efficient and creative with your study time. Utilize shorter time spans to study rather than trying to set aside two hours at once. Review your notes at lunch or while waiting for a doctor's appointment. The amount of possible study time will surprise you.

Create an environment at home that is conducive to studying; engage your family and friends in what you are doing and how important it is to your career goals and personal growth.

You are expected to study or prepare 2 hours outside of class for every hour you are in class.

You must read and understand substantial amounts of material.

Assigned readings must be completed before class.

 

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