By Elizabeth Gunter
Have you ever wondered what the difference between high school classes and college courses are at Clearview? Or if they will even help benefit your future? Are they even worth it? What about online courses? Are they for you? Well, I am here to explain the differences, the benefits, the worth etc. So if you are even a little bit interested, please continue reading!
Teachers Perspective: How the teachers at Clearview handle their classes.
In Mrs. Molina’s college Psychology there are more requirements, and more is expected from the student. The student is made to read more often to understand concepts discussed in class. The students are also assigned more work, they are writing papers, learning vocabulary words, and answering questions from three to four chapters at a time. The college class is not applied thinking, but does require a student to use their mind, it is comprehensive. It is also tougher, and is graded through rubrics which were handed to the students before their project or assignment was given to them.
In Molina’s history classes the students are expected to think and apply things. There are a lot more vocabulary words based on the fact that they are learned events that have occurred in the past. The students are not expected to write many papers but are expected to do their in class assignments and turn them in on time. Students will work through one chapter at a time.
In Dahman’s college Biology, Anatomy, and Forensics courses the pace is fast. The students will go more in depth on topics glossed over in her high school biology class. The homework is assigned and expected to be turned in on time. There are more labs and the labs take more time in the college courses. The students are also required to study a lot out of school in order to achieve good grades on tests. Tests can not be made up if missed, unless excused. Students are required to show up on test days unless they have talked to Dahman in advance. Students do not necessarily have to pay attention in class, their class time is their time and they can spend it how they please. Students should still come to class expecting to learn. The college courses require critical thinking and a ton of hard work. The grading is scaled for both high school and college courses but there are less grades in the college classes, there are also more tests.
In Dahman’s high school classes students must pay attention and do their work. If they happen to miss an assignment they can turn it in late, with exceptions. Tests can be made up and are less complex. The homework is given just as often as the college courses and is expected to be turned in. Classes are also paced in a somewhat slow manner so students can learn.
I have taken Dahman’s Biology, and I am currently in her Anatomy course. I have also taken Molina’s Psychology and am currently taking English online. Honestly, the classes are challenging, at times, especially when taking multiple at a time. The classes do, however, benefit my life. I feel more prepared for college, I have some credits at LCCC which will transfer over to the college I plan on attending.
Other students think the online courses are ridiculous and that they are not learning anything at all. They say they are not getting completed material and that they just do their work and that is all. They do not think it is a success. On the other hand some students say it is totally worth it. The homework is assigned weekly and you can do it whenever you have time, which can come in handy with all the extracurriculars students are in. The online courses can be great or terrible, depending on your preferences.
Aaron Lein’s Opinionated Interview:
-So, how difficult would you say your classes are?
- It honestly depends on the course, and how well you are at that subject. For example, some of my easiest courses ever have been my English classes, which I even thought were less difficult than my English 10 class at the high school. On the other hand, there’s courses such as my BIO 151 and 152 where I had to study more than I ever had to before. I’d like to say that there is a much higher level of intensity that many courses have, and many CCP students end up needing to change how they study, or manage time, or something similar. Although I’m in my third year of CCP, I’m finding that there’s courses that are extremely difficult, albeit at a much higher educational level than what I had at my high school level.
-Do you think CCP courses have prepared you for college?
- That’s a definite yes. From courses at the high school, to online courses, and now being a full-time campus student, I would say that CCP courses have helped me be prepared for college. Especially because I am now basically a college student, I feel like I’m prepared now for any university that I plan on going to in the future.
-Oh! I also have a question about the online courses as well. Do you feel like you’re actually learning? Some students have said their teachers assign work and that’s all, there’s no teaching involved, what’s your opinion?
- It depends on the teacher. It’s just like having classes in person: you have teachers that teach, and you have teachers that don’t teach. I’ve had classes that have had a video lecture that we can watch on our own time, and other courses where the lecture and lessons are given through a word document.
Some of my favorite courses have been my English 161 and 162 courses, which were both online. There were no video lecture, but the lessons were given through a lecture document and through our own reading. I was so engrossed in that class because I was interested in the course material, and the inclusion of discussion posts enabled me to voice my thoughts about it, and really made me think. In short, I believe that experiences do depend on the class, but the universal thing with learning is that you have to pull your own weight. If you’re not motivated to learn, then will you learn?