5 Reasons Online Courses are Great for College Prep

Many students will be looking ahead to college long before they arrive. There are ways to prepare in advance for this experience. Considering the level of coursework, study requirements and subject matter covered, students will want to get a real life example. Online courses offer students a great way to prepare for college. These courses are available in a variety of forms. Some universities and community colleges offer supplemental courses to students.

There are courses that do not require traditional admissions requirements to take. Online academies and paid courses are also an option when it comes to these pursuits. The design of this process provides students with the course load for individual topics, without necessarily having to be on campus. Certificate and licensure programs in certain areas, can provide this experience, as well. Here are 5 Reasons Online Courses are helpful for College Prep:

1 – Expand Academics

There are differences between high school coursework and those experienced in college. Students taking online courses will be able to learn this first hand. Depending on the subject matter, it is possible to expand academics altogether. Some courses require a high level of study materials and assignments. Credit courses, especially will take the students experience to the next level.

2 – Coursework Requirements

Students may opt to take many different courses for their college preparation goals. It doesn’t matter whether they take Math, History or Science. The requirements for these courses include study materials, assignments and research activities. Students can take one or more courses to gain this experience. This also allows them to get familiar with professor expectations.

3 – Assignment Levels

Although many high school students are taking advanced classes, they are not the same as college level courses. The assignments required for these courses will like double the expectation of students. Some of these will include writing assignments, research projects and complex topic coverage. Utilizing multiple resources to advance in individual courses is a part of the process and college experience.

4 – Career Accessories

Many students, who take online courses for college prep, will prefer to focus on their future careers. This may mean taking a Political Science course if you want to go into the law field. Students are likely to gain familiarity with a particular area of study through these courses. This can help them to gain tangible accessories that prepare them for specific industries or focuses. At the same time, some students will take courses that eliminate areas from future pursuits.

5 – Pinpoint Majors

It is possible to pinpoint your major for your bachelor’s degree through these courses. Students can use these courses and their requirements to decide on majors and minors. Some subjects will be tailored to a particular major, while others could simply be an interest of the student.

The challenge that online coursework provides alone is a good benefit to high school students. They allow them to see what the next level of education will be like. In many instances, these courses will provide more than this. They may highlight career pursuits for students. Online courses are available in virtually every subject.

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How Does Public School “Dumb People Down”

The public school system we have today is a direct derivative of the Industrial Revolution and stemmed from a need to educate the children of families moving from rural areas to urban areas. Most of these children were expected to eventually become factory employees with a minimal need for higher education; reading, writing and arithmetic were the basic tenets necessary for graduation, any advanced subjects or study were reserved for wealthier children who would be attending high school and college to become doctors, lawyers, and bankers.

The goal of a public school education, in its infancy, was to teach children both the basic skills they needed to function in urban life (reading, writing letters, and basic math functions) and how to be a productive worker. This was accomplished through rote memorization, strict adherence to rules on behavior, attendance, and punctuality, and a culture of fear of authority. Children educated in this manner, the theory proposed, would grow up to be hard workers with just enough knowledge to get the job done but not enough to question processes alongside a healthy fear and respect of the corporate suits. The world has changed since the public school system was contrived, the job market has changed, our culture has changed, but the public school system, sadly, has largely remained the same.

Children in a public school setting today are still forced to memorize math facts and historical dates, are required to sit in hard chairs for several hours at a time, and are generally not encouraged to question authority. The Common Core Curriculum, recent standards adopted within the public school system, reduce education to the ability to pass standardized testing and require teachers to drill students on rote facts, strangely circuitous math processes, and speed reading rather than reading for content or pleasure. The Common Core Curriculum is teaching children that learning is not fun, that knowledge is pressure rather than power, and that school is boring. These children will not be lifelong learners, eager to explore the world and ask questions. Their curiosity is being drilled out of them by a classroom structure that labels them troublesome if they ask too many questions.

Too many public school classrooms are teaching our children that learning must occur while sitting in hard chairs listening to an adult spew words and numbers that may or may not make sense. Questions are discouraged, asking a friend for help is outlawed, and the need for movement is banned and labeled ADHD.

Imagine a world in which students were encouraged to ask questions if they didn’t understand, to dig deeper into a subject that intrigues them. Imagine a world in which a child could learn in the way he is wired, through movement and independent exploration. Imagine a world in which a child could break up the day as her body requires: bathroom breaks, snacks, and free play time on a schedule tailored to her age and abilities. The good news is, we don’t have to simply imagine this world, we can create it in our own homeschool environment.
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