Academic challenges are anticipated by many but not all students entering college. Most students understand that college will be difficult and hard than high school but many do not realize exactly what those difficulties will be. College is significantly different from high school. Pascarella and Terenzi (1991) argued that most of the students, the transition to university class room requires an adjustment of the academic habit of their expectations. Students will find that there is a lot of academic work, lecturers use different teaching style than those at high school, adjusting to new teaching methods and ways of learning, dealing with a large volume of work load and also understanding the different type s of assignments.
Student will now find that the is now a lot of academic work and the different learning and teaching style than like those at high school .Beder`s (1997)found that first year students had difficulties in adjusting to the different styles of learning and teaching styles at university compared to high school. As a first year at university most thing changes and one faces challenges in adjusting and overcoming these .At high school the was less work being given to the student than at university were a student may fail to cope with the volume of work being given to the student .There are news are different type of assignment, inclasses and presentations on which one will be tested on during the semester unlike at high school.
The Development of a Prevention Dropout for Secondary Student in an Urban High School Setting According to Noguera and Dimon (2003), the rate of dropout in American urban high schools may be the biggest but least known problem today. Noguera and Dimon estimated that at a great amount of schools 50% and even more of the students who start their ninth grade leave it without graduation. . Many ...
At high school there was a tendency of studying in pair or more .This had to change on arrival to university .Thus the challenge was on learning how to study independently .At university there is large volumes of work that need to be done independently like assignment and inclasses . Many people don’t know how to study and thus having a problem in studying. Samuel Johnson (1987) .The reason why the authors, don’t write books in groups because in academics there more falling than standing when united.
Laziness or procrastination. In university you spend on average only 14 hours inclass, which results in a lot of free time that could include sleeping, partying, and watching tv. In some cases
students may feel lazy to do a certain academic task . This will lead the student not being able to submit assignment and also failing inclass test and examinations .Also the student now has more responsibility and this may be a challenge. You are now responsible for yourself and all decisions you make. Now you have to set goals for yourself, make sure your homework is done, and what to do in your spare time when to study to write assignments. The challenge then comes on when the student fails to set goals for himself or herself.
At university there is an increase in the volume of work given to the student which may be needed for submission at almost the same time .This will need the student to be more organized needing the student to be a good time manager. Dr Eileen Berg (2009).There are countless number of times when university students say that they were up to 3am typing an assignment or studying for an exam, this is because they do not know how to organize and prioritize time. This will be caused by the work load given to the student.