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University vs high school

University is very different to high school. While there is more freedom, you also have more responsibilities. Below is a quick rundown of some of the major differences.

 High SchoolUniversity
Mode of studyInternal: face-to-face teaching, students sit in a classroom and listen to a teacher.Internal: traditional face-to-face classroom interaction.
AttendanceClass attendance is compulsory. Students are marked absent if they do not attend class and their whereabouts is followed up.Attendance is the student's responsibility. If they miss a class they miss course content.
AssignmentsTeachers remind students of deadlines for assignments. Students often use class time to complete aspects of the task.Students are responsible for completing assignments in their own time and for approaching the lecturer if they have questions.
DeadlinesTeachers may allow students to have extra time to complete assignments.Formal extensions for assessments are available on application before the due date, but may not always be granted. Students are penalised for each day that they submit an assignment late.
TimetableMost schools have set contact hours, usually between 8am - 3pm. Each student's timetable varies depending on their course and chosen units.
Study load Most high school students would complete five subjects per semester. A full-time study load at university is four units per semester. Students can choose to complete their course part-time.
Academic year Four terms. Usually two semesters plus an optional summer semester with reduced course offerings.
Grades Most schools usually have the basic grading scale of: A B C D E. At university: A = High Distinction (HD); B = Distinction (D); C = Credit (C); D = Pass (P); E = Fail (F).