Teaching Unprepared Students
Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education

Foreword by Sandra M. Flake
Paper: 978 1 57922 230 7 / $27.50
Published: October 2008  

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Publisher: Stylus Publishing
160 pp., 6" x 9"
As societal expectations about attending college have grown, professors report increasing numbers of students who are unprepared for the rigors of postsecondary education—not just more students with learning disabilities (whose numbers have more than tripled), but students (with and without special admission status) who are academically at-risk because of inadequate reading, writing and study skills.

This book provides professors and their graduate teaching assistants—those at the front line of interactions with students—with techniques and approaches they can use in class to help at-risk students raise their skills so that they can successfully complete their studies.

The author shares proven practices that will not only engage all students in a class, but also create the conditions—while maintaining high standards and high expectations—to enable at-risk and under-prepared students to develop academically and graduate with good grades. The author also explains how to work effectively with academic support units on campus.

Within the framework of identifying those students who need help, establishing a rapport with them, adopting inclusive teaching strategies, and offering appropriate guidance, the book presents the theory teachers will need, and effective classroom strategies.

The author covers teaching philosophy and goals; issues of discipline and behavior; motivation and making expectations explicit; classroom climate and learning styles; developing time management and study skills; as well as the application of “universal design” strategies.

The ideas presented here—that the author has successfully employed over many years—can be easily integrated into any class.

Table of Contents:
Acknowledgments; Foreword; 1) Unprepared and At-Risk College Students: Myth or Reality?; 2) Philosophical Foundations: Yes, They Can!; 3) The First Week of Class: Sharing a Mission for Success; 4) Begin with Consistent Contact: Attendance That Matters; 5) Learning Styles and the Science of Learning: Tapping Brain Power; 6) Embracing Learner-Centered Education: Engaging Students; 7) Interweaving Assessment and Teaching: Any Questions?; 8) Techniques for Promoting Academic Integrity and Discouraging Cheating: Playing by the Rules; Epilogue: Final Thoughts: Promoting A Richer Campus Environment; Appendix A: Checklist for Possible Course Syllabi Items; Appendix B: Performance Prognosis Inventory for Analytical Chemistry; Appendix C: Preparing for Three Different Groupings; Appendix d: Vocabulary Strategy Steps; References; Index.

Author Interview

Reviews & Endorsements:
"Though written with undergraduate institutions in mind, most of what she offers can easily be applied to other educational settings. It is a very readable and practical book."
- Teaching Theology and Religion
"Teaching is a tough job, especially when your pupil is under prepared. Teaching Unprepared Students is a guide for this all too common situation where a student is dangerously in over his or her head in the class they are in. Aiming for students to get the resources they need to turn a subpar student into a superb one, Teaching Unprepared Students is an invaluable manual for when traditional methods just aren't good enough."
- Midwest Book Review - Education Shelf