Often, students that passed with flying colors back in high school are struggling academically when they are admitted to their tertiary education. This is an after effect of a few factors from their usual high school habits. The three common factors that could be identified are dependency towards high school teachers, time management and adaptation to a new learning environment.
First and foremost, their dependency towards their teachers back in high school make them struggle hard when they are in college or university. This is a particular attitude of most high school students: being too dependent towards their teachers when it comes to academic. Back in high school, practices and exercises are provided by the teachers. In contrast, college or university lecturers do not always provide the same numerous amount of practices and exercises for the students as they want the students to learn being independent. Besides that, high school students’ attitude of waiting for the teachers to solve a particular question makes them struggle in college or university as they are often told to solve questions by their own by any means. The habit of depending on school teachers is one of the causes that makes high school leavers struggle in tertiary education.
Next, time management is another factor. Time is carefully scheduled for the students’ convenience, back in high school. This is especially for boarding school students that are timed in all activities: breakfast time, lunch time, dinner time, study time, and leisure time. Due to the timetable that is fixed in school, these students struggle hard to manage their time properly in college as they are not constrained in doing a particular activity. Eventually, they will squander a lot of time probably in small things such as taking long baths, chatting with friends, and watching their favorite shows. Time is not used properly for studying. This effects in them studying at the last minute of the exam, and resulted in poor academic result. Clearly, time management is one of the prime causes of high school leavers struggle hard in college or university.
Other than that, these students have to adapt to a new learning environment. In college or university, high school leavers need to breath in the new surrounding. Fast-pace teachings, whole new subjects, friends from all over the country, new accommodation with new roommate; all new things high school leavers need to get used to. Due to the new surrounding, students may need time to learn every single bit of them. They might have to change their technique in studying and find the correct circle of friends. This consequence into them struggling academically as they are in a whole different level that they are not used to.
In conclusion, the three common factors why students with flying colors are struggling hard academically in college or university are the habit of being dependent towards high school teachers, time management and adaptation to a new learning environment. Nevertheless, these excellent students will do well in time after they triumph over those problems. Colleges and universities’ system are to train students to push themselves over their limit and to persevere under high pressure situations; all for preparing them in pursuing their dream career. Despite having problems, students will learn how to survive and achieve flying colors result –just as how they used to achieve back then in high school– in their tertiary education.