In general, I do think college is more fast-paced than high school, at least in my case. I go to a competitive college, and even though my high school was relatively competitive, it was still an adjustment. The students are more driven, the professors have higher expectations, and the course material flies by. You're meant to keep up on your own, and a lot of the reviewing and studying is self-driven but expected.
All in all, it depends on your situation and your school!
As I said earlier, it all depends. If you aren't driven and you take a difficult major, it's going to be hell. If you're a hard worker and dedicated, it will be challenging but not insane. Then again, you could take a crazy hard major and it would still be difficult. Each person is different though.
Paul Goetzinger MPA
I would have to say that high school is an environment that you are required to be in, because the government says that they must educate you until you reach a specific age (18 or 19). After this you are on your own.
I observed that when I got into college, many of the students, who did not want to be in high school, and were disruptive to the classes had all disappeared. No one was requiring them to go to college.
College is a very self motivated environment, and the environment becomes about as stressful as you want it to be. As a college advisor, I observed many students placing a great amount of stress on themselves, because they wished to achieve lofty goals, or get into a specific prestigious college. This happened to a certain extent in high school, but it is much more prevalent in the colleges and universities. This is especially true with the health sciences and pre-medical students. Many of them were taking chemistry, biology, and anatomy and physiology courses at the same time. This schedule resulted in a great amount of stress in their lives, because they needed to get good grades to get accepted in a good health sciences university. So they needed to structure their time around these courses. Subsequently they were moving at a faster pace.
Other students were enrolled in other majors, which were not as stressful, and allowed them more ample time to pursue multiple interests on campus (clubs, college sports, international studies etc...). This included many of the social sciences (like sociology, history, business, economics etc...)
I think the pace you set, will depend a lot on your class schedule, college activities, and other events you participate in. Students who join a lot of activities and attempt to structure this around their class schedules, tend to be more stressed and moving a lot faster around the campus than others.
So, really, the pace of college is pretty much up to you, and the goals and objectives you wish to achieve in your education. High school and its structure is determined by what the system wants you to achieve and the schedule they set up for you.
So college is controlled by you, while high school has the input of the educational system. I thought high school was much more laid back than college. This is my opinion.
I hope this has been helpful in answering your question.
It's true that college classes can be challenging, with more complex course work, topics, and depth of materials, plus a faster pace that may require extra studying. But don't worry! Embrace these challenges as they will help you develop your skills, gain knowledge, and prepare you for success in the real world. Remember, you've got this, and you'll come out stronger and more knowledgeable than ever before!
Time management - Like others mentioned, college typically offers a lot more independence than high school. It will be up to you to follow the syllabus to keep track of assignments and exams, and your professors likely will not take attendance in large classes. You will spend a lot less time in the classroom each week than you did in high school, and there is often flexibility when scheduling your classes. For example, I attended Georgia Tech and was able to schedule several classes for Tuesdays and Thursdays for larger blocks of time instead of attending three days per week. I also took some evening courses, which allowed me to work part-time.
Teaching style – In college, professors will typically spend the majority of the time in class lecturing. They may teach in a more abstract way than you are used to learning in high school, and they expect you to apply your learnings on exams and assignments. Often, you will be assigned readings between lectures. Professors may not formally check that you have completed the homework, but you will likely find the assignments necessary to keep up and participate in class. For example, during my last year in college, I was taking mostly marketing courses in smaller classrooms, and professors expected everyone to read the assigned case studies before each class and come prepared to discuss.
Success metrics – You might find you have far fewer exams in college as compared to high school, and the exams will cover a lot more material. You will want to discipline yourself so you are not trying to study for a big exam in a short amount of time. If you need help in a class, your professor may have office hours or he/she may have a teacher’s assistant, but you will have to be proactive in seeking his/her help. For example, during my first year in college, I took a course called Earth and Atmospheric Sciences. Though it was considered to be one of the easier science courses offered at Georgia Tech, science was a weak area for me, and I attended many sessions the teacher’s assistant offered to get help on assignments and prep for exams.
In summary, depending on the college you attend and your major, you may find college more or less fast-paced than high school. In my experience, college was faster paced and required more analytical thinking and discipline than high school, but it did offer a more flexible schedule and independence. I hope this helps!