Need a few college success tips before amassing thousands of dollars in student loans? You’ve thought long and hard about going to college, it’s time you take the steps to make college s reality.
As a college professor, I tell students, “I’m a learner first, teacher second.” Students resonate with that and you should to. Your college professor isn’t better than you so don’t be intimidated by his or her accolades and achievements.
Attending college is a privilege few capitalize on. 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 what’s to blame for the small number of college educated individuals? From personal experience as an online student and college professor, adults enroll in college with subpar reading, writing and critical thinking skills – skills unlearned in high school.
Here are some college success tips to set you on the path of educational attainment.
1. Fall in Love with Reading
If you’re 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 comprehension or retention is a weakness, develop note taking skills, read the material aloud, ask questions about what you read and why your reading or try listening to the materia.
If need be, take a business English course. Each of us learns at different speeds and through different delivery methods. Try eachmethod to find out which format is best for you
2. Writing is Your Money Maker
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.
The key to improving your writing is to write more. Practice your writing skill any chance you get. Use Internet tools to teach you about citations, quotations and essay formatting.
3. Become a Critical Thinker
Many students ask me how to think critically, and the most appropriate answer 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.
Critical thinking takes time, it’s takes time. The college success tips provided will put you on the right track to assimilate into college.