7 Ways College Homework Is Different From High School Homework

Comparing college and high school is like comparing avocados and bananas. They seem like two similar things, but they’re actually very different. High school can sometimes feel like a glorified prison with the ridiculous rules about what you can wear and the late slips for being 30 seconds late for class. On the other hand, no one really gives two hoots what you wear in college or when you show up to class—if you even do.

Another big way college is different from high school is in terms of homework. That’s why college freshman usually find they have to come up with new study techniques to deal with their changing workload. Before you can update your studying habits, it’s key to realize the differences between college homework and high school. And that’s where I come in. Take a look at seven ways college homework is different from high school homework.

There's No More Daily Homework

Remember the endless assignments you had to do every right? Complete chapter one for tomorrow. Do page 158 to 171, odd questions only for the next class. That will not be the case in college because you will probably only have your class once a week. And even then, it's likely that you won't have any *quick* homework assignments. It will be up to you to decide what to test yourself on and what pages to work on.

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You Have To Figure Out What To Review

Those handy packages that your teacher gave you to review for tests made everything so simple because you knew what you had to focus on studying. Unfortunately, you're only going to get a review package in college if you make it yourself. Don't even be surprised if your teacher says nothing about the things you need to focus on.

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It's All About Reading

College homework is less task-based. The work you will be doing out of class will likely be reading, and lots of it. You're not going to be sitting in class reading a textbook with your prof. It's going to be up to you to read that mammoth book in your spare time and make the appropriate study notes.

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Your Assignments Are Worth A Lot More

One big shocker in college is adjusting to the fact that you're going to have a handful of assignments that can be worth 20 percent of your grade. Each. When you broke down all of your work in high school, your assignments were probably worth 0.001 percent of your grade so it wasn't that much of a big deal if you didn't do so well on some of them.

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You're Not Graded On Homework Completion

Think about to all of those easy marks you could get by simply completing your homework? It didn't even need to be right, it just had to be done, then you got a mark. Unfortunately, those free marks don't exist in college. You have to convince yourself to do your homework to benefit your final grade.

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No One Looks Over Your Homework

Remember how your teacher would look over your work, or you would have someone else in the class mark it? It's all on you in college, girl. Think about it: How could your teacher possibly review 500 students' homework every single week? And no one is going to be wasting valuable lecture time so you can mark that random kid next to you.

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Study Groups Aren't Social Gatherings

Remember when you and your BFF were going to *study* together? It probably involved you finishing 10 math questions then you spent the rest of the time laughing and gossiping about the cuties in your class. If you do that in college, you'll probably not be invited to the next study group because they're for working, reviewing, and comparing your answers with other people to make sure you're actually doing things right. Gossiping is for common room pizza days.

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What was your least favorite thing about homework in high school? Let us know in the comments!

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