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The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Remedial Courses

Remedial courses equip students with necessary skills that weren’t successfully picked up in high school but they don’t count towards college credit.  

Remedial courses equip students with necessary skills that weren’t successfully picked up in high school but they don’t count towards college credit.  

Many colleges offer a placement test or require a minimum score in the English and math sections of the ACT/SAT to determine if a student should be placed in a remedial course. Remedial courses equip students with necessary skills that weren’t successfully picked up in high school to help them succeed in other college classes as well as future careers. 

Have your teen follow these tips to avoid remedial classes and make the most of them if they must take one. 

PLAN A 

The simplest way to avoid having to take remedial courses is to learn the basics in high school. Retaining the information that gets reviewed in freshmen Algebra and Geometry is essential in being able to correctly work out and answer those questions on the ACT/SAT. 

PLAN B 

In case a student didn’t catch the information the first time around, they can make up for it by studying for the ACT/SAT and putting special emphasis on the areas where they are weakest. Placement test study guides are readily available as are books and courses that outline proper studying and test-taking techniques. Spending extra time getting ready for placement tests can keep a student from wasting time and money in remedial courses. 

PLAN C 

There are several colleges that offer programs like Statway and Quantway, which help students who do have to take a remedial course improve their performance. The programs bring the equations to life and aim to make the lessons more interesting. 

College is already a costly experience, so help your teen utilize the many resources out there that can help them start on the right foot. 

A ROAD MAP 

“By taking the time to work a timed practice test, students can train themselves to be more efficient with timing and also develop and streamline strategies for tackling the various types of passages. The more accustomed to actual ACT test-taking conditions, the better.” -Dr. Robert Estes, ACT Science Review Instructor at AUM 

GREAT SCORES SAVE MONEY 

Rebecca Bloodworth, Youth Program Manager at AUM Continuing Education, offered these helpful tips:  

Save Time on Math 

  • Work out the problem before looking at the answer choices. When done, choose the answer choice that matches your answer. If none match, redo the problem.
  • Don’t overly rely on your calculator. Some problems are best worked out manually. Some don’t even require calculation.
  • The questions  focus much more on reasoning than on calculation. If you find yourself doing complicated calculations, you’re probably on the wrong track.

Find the Right Answer on English 

  • Consider the writing style used for each section. The correct answer choice will be the one that works best with the writing style used.
  • When asked a question about something that is underlined, consider how the underlined portion fits with the rest of the section.
  • Reread the underlined portion with your answer choice to be sure it is correct.

 

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