Was your student prepared for college?

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Was your student prepared for college?
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Wed, 09-08-2010 - 2:35pm


Was your student prepared for college?





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Registered: 11-18-2008
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 2:40pm

There are many ways in which a child can be prepared or unprepared for college - from financial responsibility to book smarts. The main thing I'm wondering about though is if your student was well prepared by his/her high school for the challenges s/he would face in college?

Do you think she was prepared for the amount of homework?
The amount of time needed to complete it?
Was it a lot more responsibility than he expected?
Did she learn everything she needed to know in the way of facts, figures, formats, computer skills, etc. to be prepared?
How about study habits?

And... What are some things you might like to see high schools add to better help students prepare?

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 2:49pm

As this is only the 3rd week of class for my freshman, I'd best hold judgement on his managing of the academics!

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 7:35pm
I think that my ds was academically prepared, and had a realistic idea of how much time would be needed for studying etc. He had trouble with things like time management and self discipline. He didn't *want* to learn those things when he was in HS.
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Registered: 03-27-2003
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 8:00pm

Its only the start of the 3rd week, but I don't think she was prepared at all.

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Registered: 11-28-1999
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 8:09pm
I think DD was prepared--she went to a big high school that had levels of difficulty in classes & she took all honors levels. She is in nursing and while in high school she took Chem, Anatomy & Physiology, Psych & Biology. She said when she did chem in college she didn't think it was really hard.
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Registered: 01-07-2004
Wed, 09-08-2010 - 10:41pm

I don't know if my daughter was prepared for the amount of reading she would have to do. It's way more than she expected. She took AP classes in high school, and only one of them came close to what she is doing now. I think it might be the program she is in. She said her roommates and her boyfriend have tons of time to hang out and don't seem to have much homework, and she's locking herself away in the bedroom to get her work done. She has to turn in a written reading response essay for every class, so not only is she reading it she has to write about it. I think in high school it was more a matter of skimming the material to find the answers. (other than reading novels in English)

On a more practical side, we didn't teach her how to use online banking. She didn't even realize she could go to an ATM that wasn't at her credit union. There isn't a branch where she is and she made a comment that she couldn't get any money out of her account until she came home. Ooops, I guess we dropped the ball there!

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Registered: 12-23-2006
Thu, 09-09-2010 - 10:27am

My dd was well prepared for college courses academically

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Registered: 03-14-1999
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 11:57am
I believe my DS was & wasn't - he wanted to go to college & he realized that college was harder than HS but I think what we thought was a good fit turned out not to be- so we had to re-group and then he was fine. He began at a small private school and graduated from a large state/University
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Registered: 01-05-2005
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 12:05pm

I think that my ds was academically prepared, and had a realistic idea of how much time would be needed for studying etc. He had trouble with things like time management and self discipline.



That about sums it up for dd20. Dd17 is just as academically prepared, but honestly, I don't think that matters nearly as much as her time management and self-discipline (and I do think she is prepared in those areas). I'm not blowing off the academics, but I think more kids fail due to the other areas.



Theresa

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Registered: 03-26-2003
Fri, 09-10-2010 - 2:30pm

For the most part I would say they were both well prepared for college, but with a few drawbacks with 25s.



Academically they were both well prepared, 25s prepared and beyond, 23s to the point of doing well. Neither seemed to have time management issues. Both knew how to do laundry and make a budget.



The only issue we came up against was 25s's general adjustments issues. Of course, years later we discover he is likely a high functioning Aspie,(though never has been and likely will never be formally tested), and would account for the issues he came up against, (that grew worse through more changes

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