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Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies that Work

More students are arriving on campus without the tools they need to succeed in college. Learn strategies to help get unprepared students better aligned with the demands of college and embrace accountability and personal responsibility.

Teaching Unprepared Students

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Are you prepared for students who aren’t?

It’s happening at every institution: more and more students are arriving on campus without the tools they need to succeed in college. They lack skills; often they lack motivation; some just don’t seem to get that college takes hard work and commitment.

You see it in reading assignments that go unread, homework that’s poorly done—or not done at all, course assignments that are sloppy and incomplete. And, sadly, what you see next is students dropping out. You don’t have to sit by and watch that happen, though. You can intervene with corrective guidance that will help get unprepared students better aligned with the demands and expectations of college.

In the online seminar, Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies that Work, discover a host of valuable practices and techniques to help you do just that.


Your presenters introduce proven strategies that will help you do the following:

  • Engage students
  • Gain student commitment to performing at a college level
  • Guide students to the right choices and habits in their coursework
  • Encourage students to embrace ideas of accountability and personal responsibility

Get ideas you can apply right now in your classroom and confidently help students who otherwise face an uphill battle to stay in school and realize their dream of a college education.

In addition to helping students, you’ll be helping your institution with the critically important issue of retention, while enjoying the personal satisfaction inherent in effective pedagogy.

Learning Goals

The presenters provide knowledge that will:

  • Help you help the students who need it most: Many struggling students don’t lack the intellectual capacity to succeed in college-they simply didn’t develop a sufficiently disciplined approach to their studies earlier in their academic careers. With the techniques you’ll learn in the seminar, you can help them get on track to meet the demands of college work.
  • Enhance your pedagogy: When you enrich your teaching skills, you’re better able to create a truly transformative experience for your students. Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies that Work will give you a wealth of new pedagogical insights.
  • Contribute to your institutions retention efforts: Your school has a lot riding on improved retention-reputation, rankings, and financial stability included. You’re on the front lines when it comes to keeping students academically on track and enrolled, and this seminar will help you win that battle.

Topics Covered

Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies that Work provides you with a wide range of practical tools to help students succeed at the college level. Discover how to:

  • Promote student engagement
  • Get students to buy in to your course and its requirements
  • Guide students to sound decision making by giving them choices with well-defined consequences
  • Communicate your expectations with clarity
  • Make content more relevant for students
  • Instill a sense of accountability and personal responsibility

You’ll also learn how to tailor your mentoring to the unique needs of each student and how to present students with immediate, just in time opportunities to embrace good habits.

The insights you’ll gain from the seminar will help you respond confidently and effectively to performance issues common among unprepared or underprepared students, including:

  • Reading assignments that are partially (or entirely) unread
  • Incomplete homework
  • Course assignments that are sloppily completed or completely ignored


Faculty members, teaching consultants, and faculty administrators at any institution of higher education will find this seminar valuable. It’s equally well-suited for those in community colleges, two- and four-year colleges, and universities.

Applicable to all disciplines, Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies that Work benefits faculty at any career stage-from new educators facing a stiff challenge to their still-developing pedagogy to seasoned educators for whom the growing number of unprepared students may require reexamination of well-established practices.

We also highly recommend the seminar for anyone working at an institution experiencing the following:

  • A growing influx of unprepared students
  • A declining retention rate
  • Poor academic performance, especially among first-year students
  • A significant number of nontraditional students unfamiliar with current college requirements


Simply put, order this seminar if you are seeking effective ways to engage and mentor at-risk students.

Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies that Work will be a positive career step for you, a positive retention step for your institution, and undoubtedly a positive step for the students whose best hope for remaining in college may be you.

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