Help Them Succeed and Not Drop Out

Written by the Kurzweil Blog Team

For students, the transition from high school to college is one marked with various milestones:

  • Moving away from home and living on their own;
  • Having to share a room or a space with someone who is not a family member;
  • Getting to choose what courses to take instead of being told what to take and when to take it.
     

This newfound independence can be very liberating, while also posing some challenges as well.

Take for instance the ability to choose whether to go to class or not. At most colleges and universities professors donít take attendance in class so if students donít come, they donít come... It is nice to have options, but doesnít this choice have some consequences?

What about getting accommodations? In high school, federal law mandates that accommodations be given to every child who qualifies for them. However, in college, students must request help and in many instances explain why that help is necessary. And, oh by the way, mom and dad canít help here because most college students are over 18 and thus considered legal adults.

Helping college students deal with these and many other changes they experience as they enter and work within our college and university systems is a complex task, to say the least. Each studentís needs are as diverse as the students themselves. But what if you have a student, who along with everything discussed above, is also struggling academically? How do we help them?

In this technological age, I suggest we harness the power of technology and use it to improve academic success for our students. Kurzweil 3000-firefly is a technology that is vastly used on college and university campuses across the United States to support struggling learners.

Mary Anne Steinberg, Ph.D.

 

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