Difference Between High School & University/College
1. Study time outside of class may vary (may be as little as 1-3 hours per week).
2. Reading/writing assignments are discussed and reemphasized.
3. Teachers may review class notes and test material on a regular basis.
4. Students are presented with information and are led through the thinking process.
5. Teachers present material to help students understand what is in the textbook.
6. Homework is usually checked and graded.
7. Teachers may be available before, during, or after class to meet with students.
8. Class attendance is usually mandatory and monitored carefully.
9. Family members and teachers may provide guidance in setting priorities.
10. Parents typically manage finances for school-related activities.
11. Typically, a school year is 36 weeks long.
12. Each class generally has 30-35 students.
1.Generally students need to study at least 2-3 hours outside of class for each hour in class.
2.Substantial amounts of assigned reading/writing may not be discussed in class, but students are still responsible for knowing the material.
3.Students are responsible for reviewing class notes and test material on a regular basis.
4.Students are expected to gather information from a variety of sources and be able to draw conclusions and make inferences.
5.Lectures may not follow the textbook; students have to connect lecture and textbook material.
6.Homework is often not graded, but it should be completed for class and test preparation.
7.Instructors are available during scheduled office hours to meet with students and may be available via e-mail.
8.Attendance policies may vary with each course. Students are responsible for everything that happens in class, even if absent.
9.Students are responsible for setting their own priorities.
10.Students are responsible for money management.
11.An academic year is divided into two sixteen-week semesters (fall and spring) and summer sessions. Summer sessions can be used to make up credits or to accelerate graduation.
Summer classes may be offered.
12.Each class will vary in size and can range from fewer than 20 to more than 200 students.
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Time ticket: A time ticket is your appointment to register on-line.
Intercampus Bus Service (shuttle): The Intercampus Bus Service (Intercampus Shuttle) provides free transportation for students, faculty, and staff to locations on campus. A UIC Identification card (i-card) must be presented to the driver when boarding.
Blackboard: Blackboard is a Web-based integrated teaching and learning environment. Faculty can create a site on Blackboard for a course and post the course syllabus, announcements, assignments, lecture notes, and other course related information. Students enrolled in the course can log into Blackboard and access the posted information.
Flames: The UIC athletic teams are known as the “Flames,” a name chosen by UIC students in honor of the Great Chicago Fire.
UIC Pavilion: The UIC Pavilion is a multi-purpose arena, which is home to the UIC Flames basketball team and the Chicago Sky WNBA team.
Sparky: The Flames mascot is the fire-breathing dragon. The story behind “Sparky” is that the dragon was hatched on October 11, 1986, from a large egg found at the Pavilion a few weeks earlier.
Academic advising: Academic advising assists students with making the transition to college life and guides their decisions about setting academic priorities, making academic progress, completing degrees, and achieving their personal goals.
Lecture/Discussion: Lecture and discussion are two instructional environments. In a lecture section, the instructor does the talking. In a discussion section, there is a give and take of ideas between the instructor and class members.
Office hours: Office hours are the times when an instructor is available to meet with students individually. The times of office hours are listed on the class syllabus, and they may be posted on-line or on the door of the instructor’s office.
Teaching assistant (TA): A teaching assistant (TA) is a graduate student who is awarded an assistantship that provides him/her with financial assistance in exchange for teaching-related responsibilities.
UIC News: This is a free, weekly newspaper published by UIC’s Office of Public Affairs.
Chicago Flame: This is a free, weekly student newspaper published independently and distributed on campus but not sponsored by UIC.
Registrar: The registrar is the official at a college or university who is responsible for keeping all student records (past and present), including: maintaining the accuracy and integrity of the record, protecting student data, and enforcing and implementing academic policy.
Academic year: An academic year is divided into two sixteen-week semesters (fall and spring) and four and eight-week summer sessions.
Ombudsperson: The Ombudsperson, in the Office of the Dean of Students, investigates student complaints and helps to achieve equitable settlements.
University/College/Department: UIC is made up of colleges and departments. For example, a student majoring in Biological Sciences is a member of theUniversity of Illinois at Chicago, a member of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Department of Biological Sciences.
Resources for Research
ReferenceDesk (online reference sites)
Virtual Training Suite (how to do Internet searching in various fields)
General Dictionaries & Encyclopedias
Government & History
American Time Capsule (primary sources of American history)
Current Events & Science
Public Television Online(enhances on-air programs)
Discovery Channel Online (science, nature, history)
Project Gutenberg (literature, reference, etc.)
On-line Books (U. of Penn. directory of online books)
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