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ERIC Number: ED433876
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Mar-22
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
Underprepared Students.
Robinson, Shawn
This paper describes three main types of underprepared students: academically underprepared, emotionally underprepared, and culturally underprepared. The category that most faculty, counselors, and administrators tend to focus on is the academically underprepared. Remedial and student skills courses, free peer tutoring, and tutorials on videotapes and the computer are common ways to address the needs of these students. The emotionally underprepared student tends to have a lack of confidence in their skills, low self-esteem, personal problems outside of school, and possibly substance abuse problems. Since most instructors are not trained in counseling, many students whose only contact with the college is the instructor, must fend for themselves. The culturally underprepared students are often clueless as to what it takes to be successful in college and are first generation college students. These students are often assisted with extended orientations, support groups, or peer mentoring with a successful student. The lack of structure as one progresses through higher education leaves many students culturally and academically underprepared, and early assessment upon admission and intervention beginning before registration will help to get underprepared prepared students prepared for success in college. Reasons are offered for the underpreparedness problem and ways to generate help for unprepared students are suggested. (VWC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A