Have you thought about going to college but are unsure how you’ll perform in class? You shouldn’t be. College is a learning place, where student and instructor share ideas and opinions. As a college professor, I tell students, “I’m a learner first, teacher second.” This generally sets the tone for the entire class, exhibiting to students I’m as real as they are.
Attending college is a privilege few acknowledge. In 2012, the U.S. Census reported 71% of the adult population 18 and older have some college education or lower compared to 29% with a bachelor’s degree or higher. With an adult population of 234,719M, many individuals start college, but few finish.
Who or are what’s to blame for the small number of college educated individuals? From personal experience as an online student and college professor, many adults enter college with subpar reading, writing and critical thinking skills – skills unlearned in high school.
Why Reading is Important?
If you’re an individual aspiring to return to college, I applaud your efforts. Before you invest time and money into a degree program, understand reading is 90-95% of the course. If you can’t comprehend or retain information as you read, develop note taking skills, read the material aloud, ask questions about what you read and why your reading or try listening to the material if you’re more receptive to sound. If need be, take a business English course. We learn at different speeds and through different delivery methods. Do what it takes to increase your reading comprehension and retention.
Why Writing is Important?
Aside from reading, which is a highly desirable skill in the job market, writing is equally important. Writing is an indirect reflection of your reading abilities. If you’re unable to construct grammatically correct sentences, how will you convey your position with words? Thankfully, technology provides tools to help refine writing skills such as Grammarly.
What is Critical Thinking?
Many students ask how to think critically, and the most appropriate definition I can provide is answer a question with descriptive detail. Instead of saying yes or no, explain why you chose yes or no. Provide a meaningful response versus answering off the top of your head.
Success in school is achievable but we must learn basic skills to ensure that success.
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