How the University of Alabama is Different From
The University of Alabama
Center for Academic Success
IN HIGH SCHOOL:
usually cover only one chapter.
Tests and quizzes occur frequently.
Teachers usually explain everything
that will be covered on tests (often several times).
Tests may require only basic
Reading assignments are short.
Studying means reading over the
material before the test.
You are in school for seven hours a
Other people (parents) see to it
that you study.
Parents probably see to it that you
get up in the morning and go to bed at night.
There may be restrictions on your
Teachers usually take a personal
interest in your well being.
AT THE UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA:
be only two or three tests during the whole semester.
Tests may cover five, six, or seven
chapters (100-200 pages).
The instructor may not go over
material in the textbook but will expect you to learn it on your
Tests require a thorough
understanding of theories, concepts, procedures, etc. Rote
memorization will not get you
an A or B. You really have to understand the material as well
as the professor.
You will be tested over outside
readings that are not covered in class.
To do well on tests you cannot
just study the night before. There is too much material to learn in
a few hours. To do well in
college classes you will have to keep up with the reading and
(Ninety-five percent of college students must learn this the hard
In college you will be in class only
two to three hours per day. To do well in college you must utilize
your free time for reading, studying,
In college you will be responsible
for your own learning. No one is going to force you to learn
anything. If you want to do
well, it will be entirely up to you.
In college you must learn how to
manage your own time. You will have opportunities to do many things; a lot of them will be more fun than
studying. Mature students will learn how to manage their time. It is possible to be a good
student academically and still have fun.
Some classes at The University of
Alabama are large. Professors may not know who you are unless
you make an effort.
In college you will not be required
to go to class, but students who go to class make better grades than
those students who do not go to class.
(Many students find this out the hard way, also.)