Teaching Underprepared Students

Teaching Underprepared Students

Sometimes you have to “unteach” students before you can teach them.

High schools tend to reinforce some unfortunate habits: excuse-making, an indifference to deadlines, an overreliance on handholding, and a focus on grades over learning, among other things. Students often carry those behaviors right into college.

You need to unteach those things before you can get down to the real business of teaching subject matter.

Teaching Underprepared Students can show you how. In this five-part Magna Online Course, Brigham Young professors Tyler Griffin and Ken Alford provide a wealth of proven strategies for eliminating bad habits, instilling an appreciation for rigor, and boosting student performance.

This idea-filled course will help you:

  • Establish clear expectations and consequences regarding quality and accountability
  • Encourage students to take ownership of their coursework
  • Build engagement by offering choice in assignments and assessments
  • Develop ways to instill respect for deadlines
  • Give students frames of reference for good and bad work
  • Create an environment that makes students comfortable taking risks in learning

The course is designed for asynchronous learning, so you can dive in right away, and pick up or leave off whenever you like, from virtually any device.

You’ll find a wealth of supplemental materials to support the course content, including handouts, full transcripts, readings, and links to online resources. A final check on learning leads to a certificate of completion.

Learning Goals

After completing Teaching Underprepared Students, participants will be able to:

  • Instill a healthy respect for deadlines
  • Communicate expectations of work quality
  • Build a sense of responsibility and accountability
  • Establish a “safe” place for students to explore and take risks

The rigors of college work can come as a shock to students used to the more “relaxed” approach of their high school years. Teaching Underprepared Students gives you the tools and techniques to quickly get them acclimated to – and accepting of – college standards. Add it to your professional development library today!

Who Will Benefit From This Course:

  • New faculty
  • Graduate assistants
  • Teaching assistants
  • Adjunct faculty 


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For 40 or more people, please contact Magna Sales at sales@magnapubs.com or call 800-433-0499 ext. 183.

The course enrollment will expire one year from date of purchase.


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