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College freshmen face challenges with studies

August 22, 2013

MSU students make their way across the Drill Field between classes. MSU faculty say students can avoid several pitfalls that can tempt them toward academic dishonesty by taking a proactive approach. (Photo by Steven Nalley, SDN)

As dean of Mississippi State University’s College of Arts and Sciences, Greg Dunaway knows a recurring narrative in the lives of college freshmen all too well.

When students attend high school, Dunaway said, they are used to daily homework and quizzes, occasional tests and papers, and a curriculum that takes up eight hours per day, five days a week. In college, classes take less time out of each day, and Dunaway said that could deceive freshmen.

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