A Little Philosophy: Familiarity breeds success

Would you buy a car if you knew that a third of them were bad? Or that 43% of the cars you bought at a local lot were not drive-able?

The above information about failure rates are similar to the type of failures reported in the article 23 College Dropout Statistics That Will Surprise You.

Educational services have documented failure rates that are not tolerated in any other profession or service. Can you imagine if the medical establishment regarded failure as normal?

Many colleges blame student failure on money issues (they take the money, while the students have the problems), but the biggest reason why students can’t relate to classes is because they lack familiarization with class contents.

Students lack foundation knowledge beyond “reading and writing” and schools know this. Yet, schools willingly accept tuition money knowing that a sizable number of wannabee learners will not succeed.

With planning, however, you (and your kids) can succeed. To do this, familiarize yourself with subjects you are about to take before you start taking them.

Here’s an example on how to familiarize yourself with course work, referencing the freshman English syllabus at Rutgers University:

English skills are defined as “basic writing and reading strategies.”

Using Google, search on variations of that description, such as on “video tutorials on basic writing and reading strategies” and “self-tests on basic writing and reading.”

Use the articles, videos, images, and podcasts you find to familiarize yourself with what you need to know before you need to know it.

To receive an education is to add to what we already know, not start from absolute scratch before beginning on an important (and expensive) endeavor.

One solution that would lift the graduation success rate is to require students to familiarize themselves with courses before paying tuition and starting class.

Until that happens, a reliable solution is to familiarize ourselves with subjects via the Internet. Once informed, then begin formal education knowing that success, and not the high probability of failure, will almost be assured.

For more information, perform Internet searches on “pre-class training.”


Abstract: Course directors often note that medical science classes struggle with beginning medical courses when the material introduces novel concepts and terminology or requires recall of previously learned material. Pre-class quizzes induce students to review past courses and pre-read before the class is initiated, fostering easier entry into the subject matter.


Article by Karen Little, first published for Littleviews.com on August 13, 2019. You can publish this article in a non-commercial site with permission from Karen.

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