Demystifying Post-Secondary Terms

Elizabeth Hamblet,  Consultant and Learning Specialist at Columbia University, has developed an “unofficial” glossary of terms designed to define and explain words and phrases commonly used in the post-secondary environment.

The vocabulary used at the college level can be confusing and intimidating. High schools can do all students a favor by introducing and explaining these terms. . . .The explanations provided here are not dictionary definitions and should not be considered official, but are provided simply to help demystify the terminology.

Click on the image below to access a PDF of the glossary. It can also be found at: Unofficial Explanations of Typical College Vocabulary

Postsecondary Vocabulary list.


Take time to explore Elizabeth’s site as it contains many resources of value to students and parents.



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