When I started college I felt that the writing that was expected of me was beyond what I had learned in high school. Even with having to take an English class every year I felt the way we were taught and expected to write didn't help us enough in becoming able to write at the college level. The writing assignments were too relaxed, and majority of them only required an introduction, body, and conclusion. The research papers required you to do gather information on a topic but more than likely the teacher would be happy with all internet sources. This differs from college greatly. I've found that professors in college don't want a simple, straightforward paper. They want to challenge yourself, and write a compelling paper that will make the reader actually want to finish the whole thing. They also don't want a bunch of internet sites as you main sources of information. Since not every internet site is legit, it makes having a word sited list not as creditable. Thus why professors want books and journals to be used as well, so you'll have a more respectable paper. If I would have been taught these thinks while in high school I would of been able to hit the ground running in college.
Even if I was taught strategies for keeping my audience interested in my paper, or to go beyond the internet to find good reliable sources in books and academic journal, I would still have to deal with the grading difference in college compared to high school. In high school your paper only had to follow the simple standard criteria.
"Is the paper in an order that makes sense to the reader?"
"Does your paper have a introduction, 3 body paragraphs, and conclusion?"
"Is the paper free of grammar errors?"
"Is there a word sited list included?"
When entering college I thought the papers would graded the same, but I was wrong. Papers must consist of an introduction that grabs the reader's attention, and a conclusion that isn't just repeating the introduction. When your paper is finished it isn't suppose to contain any grammar errors where as in high school you could still get a 100 if you have a few grammar errors. This just shows that the teaching I received in high school didn't prepare me enough for what true college papers require.