Teaching Underprepared Students

Teaching Underprepared Students

Winter Enrichment Course

COURSE DATE: November 24, 2019 – January 18, 2020

One of the toughest things to do is break a bad habit. We've all been there before.

When it comes to students, high schools tend to reinforce some unfortunate habits like excuse-making, an indifference to deadlines, an overreliance on handholding, and a focus on grades over learning, among other things. What's even more troubling is that students often carry those behaviors right into college.

Essentially, as an instructor, you need to help your students break these bad habits before you can get down to the real business of teaching subject matter.

Teaching Underprepared Students can be your guide to enhancing student performance and better preparing your students for the challenges of college and college learning. In this five-part 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.

The rigors of college work can come as a shock to students used to the more “relaxed” approach of their high school years. This course gives you the tools and techniques necessary to quickly get them acclimated to – and accepting of – college standards.

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

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 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.

Who Will Benefit From This Course:

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

How It Works:

  • At the start of the course on November 24, 2019, participants will receive an email with information on accessing the online course
  • Participants can work through the course at their own pace. Participants can also review information in a previous unit as well as read supplemental materials and watch the accompanying videos as many times as they like within the session date of November 24, 2019 - January 18, 2020.
  • Upon completion of each unit, participants will take an assessment to gauge progress
  • A discussion board brings educators together for an enriching, national conversation about higher education
  • For the duration of the course, participants can use the discussion forum to interact with other participants nationwide and discuss the course content
  • At the end of the course, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion

What's Included:

  • Video programs
  • Assessments, including a final exam
  • Transcripts of all video programs
  • Program slides
  • Online discussion forum
  • Certificate of Completion for the course


Reserve your seat(s) using the order box on the right. Discount pricing is for multiple seats purchased at the same time:

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1 to 4

$199 per seat

5 to 19

$99 per seat

20 to 39

$79 per seat


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


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