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Jaimy Jean-Noel
Noodle Expert Member

June 01, 2020

The classes you take in college take on a whole new meaning from when you were in high school. Know what to expect beforehand.

We've come a long way from chalkboards and manual overhead projectors. Depending on where you're at, the typical classroom has changed tremendously over the years. Flexibility in taking college classes has also evolved to make space for all types of learners including non-traditional. When transitioning on to college, the various options can be overwhelming. Knowing what's available gives way to knowing what's best for you.

In-person courses tend to take place during the week. They can range from meetings twice a week to five times a week. The length of the class depends on how often it meets. Classes that meet twice a week are much longer than those that are Monday through Friday. Depending on your major, this can be couple with labs where you're spending even more time in class working on additional projects directed by your professor.

Online courses are self-directed so having a good sense of discipline within oneself can guarantee success with a class like this. The work tends to be tedious being that more is being. added to make up for not meeting in person. That means discussion boards, tons of readings, and writing. If not being face-to-face or physically being taught is not an issue, taking on an online course won't be a bad option for you. Just know that online doesn't mean more time to chill. Assignments will creep up on you if you are not managing your time well.

Another option for students is a hybrid course. This combines in person and online learning.

Regardless of which kind of course you're taking, you have to know how to set yourself up for success. A lot of students aren't aware of how much time should be spent on coursework. To give you an idea of how to actually study for your classes the general rule of thumb regarding college studying is, and has been for a long time, that for each class, students should spend approximately two to three hours of study time for each hour that they spend in class. This means that if you're taking 15 credits, multiply by three, and that's 45 hours to be spent on coursework. Hence the term "full-time" student.

Times are rapidly changing and though these are the most common situations that you'll come face to face with, educators are finding even more ways to diversify what it means to learn and what it looks like. Get to know your learning style and be prepared before you embark on your college journey.

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