College readiness refers to the level of preparation a student must have in order to enroll and succeed at the postsecondary level without remediation. The fact is, too many students fail college courses because of poor and unproductive learning skills.
Depending on the source, the remediation rate for first year college students is anywhere between 25-40% No matter what the rate, remediation is costly. Students (or their parents) shell out for courses for which the student receives no credit. Institutions, most of which are publicly funded, pay for courses that reteach material students should already know. Statistics indicate that a students who takes a remedial course is far more likely to drop out without earning a degree. Remediation rates and consequences are high.
What’s at the heart of this lack of preparedness? What are students missing? College readiness is far more than what students know — it’s how they learn. To be prepared for the academic demands of postsecondary coursework, students must develop productive learning skills and strategies. Many students are simply not learning the academic skills and strategies they need in order to succeed at the postsecondary level.
Learning these skills and strategies is just one step. Habituation is next. Students must adopt these skills and make them a natural part of their learning routine. The 21st Century Student’s Guide to Study Skills makes it easy and affordable for your student to learn study skills.
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