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Seven Differences between Secondary School and University Education

The transition from secondary school to university can be challenging in many ways. If you can bridge the gap between them, it is more likely that you can lead a fulfilling study life in HKU. Emphasized below are some of their key differences:

1. Bigger Class

2. More Time Flexibility

3. Higher Academic Expectation

4. More Independent Thinking

5. More Freedom and Choices

6. More Self-Discipline

7. More Decision-Making


  • Dr. Drew Appleby, “The Differences Between High School and College and the Importance of Student-Faculty Interaction for College Success”. Available at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis:
  • Robert Shoenberg, What will I learn in college—What you need to know now to get ready for college success? (Washington: Association of American Colleages and Universities, 2009, p. 2)

A Quick Test:

Are You Developing Good Habits for Successful Study at University?

University success comes in many forms. For some, it means a good transcript that open doors to promising jobs and prestigious graduate schools. For others, it means something bigger than marks and grades! It’s a time to explore your interests and challenge your potential. University means a life-changing experience. How can you make sure that you are heading down the right path toward true academic success and a genuinely rewarding university experience? Just spare a few minutes to ask yourself the following questions. The more questions you can answer with a firm “yes”, the more likely you are going to succeed in your studies at HKU!

1. Do I know how to take notes in class?

2. Do I know how to ask good questions?

3. Am I good at managing time? Is your life balanced?

4. Am I good at reading and writing?

5. Can I communicate effectively and critically?

6. Can I think analytically?

7. Am I passionate? Am I ready to explore?


  • Robert Shoenberg, What will I learn in college—What you need to know now to get ready for college success? (Washington: Association of American Colleages and Universities, 2009, p. 2)
  • Robert Shoenberg, Why do I have to take this course? A student guide to making smart educational choices (Washington: Association of American Colleages and Universities, 2009)
  • Jamie Storm, Top 10 Study Tips For University Success. Available at Ezine Articles:
  • Kelci Lynn, How to Succeed in College? A Truly Successful Experience Is More Than Just an Impressive Transcript. Available at

Study Hard. Study Smart.

Studying can be stressful sometimes! Mid-terms, presentations, assignments and exams usually come sooner than you expect. You have no other choices but stay up all night and burn the midnight oil – most students have been there. As you can guess, top student may not always be the one who studies hardest in your class, but should be the one who studies smart. If you want a “Superpass” without neglecting other important aspects of your life, you have to sharpen your learning skills and have a mastery of smart study strategies. Making use of the smart study strategies and enrichment tips will better equip you for academic success.

What to read more? Here are some suggestions:

Want more clues on study success? You may like to take a look at the following books:

  • Dembo, Myron H. Motivation and learning strategies for college success: a self-management approach. 3rd ed. New York: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, c2008.
  • Feldman, Robert S. POWER learning: strategies for success in college and life. 3rd ed. Boston: McGraw-Hill Higher Education, c2007. (Library Call Number: LB 378.198 F31)
  • Lashley, Conrad and Best, Warwick. 12 steps to study success. London: Continuum, 2001. (Library Call Number: E371.30281 L34 t)
  • Santrock, John W. and Halonen, Jane S. Your guide to college success: strategies for achieving your goals. 6th ed. Boston, MA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, c2010. (Library Call Number: 378.198 S23)
  • Tuckman, Bruce W. et al. Learning and motivation strategies: your guide to success. 2nd ed. Upper Saddle River, N. J.; Pearson/Prentice Hall, c2008. (Library Call Number: 378.170281 T898 143)