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Working with Young Adults in College Transition Programs
I haven't had a big class or students all working towards transitions, but I regularly have two or three working together. So far, they have all been GED grads in their late twenties.
Like the older students discussed in the article, I often feel like my students are very concerned about their grades, which is good! The first semester or so, they really need a lot of encouragement because they aren't sure they have what it takes. For some of them, college is something they never thought they'd be capable of. I feel like I spend a lot of time saying, "You can do this! I believe in you!" : )
I think a lot of ABE learners entering college lack the time management skills to be successful. I've helped most of my students come up with some kind of study schedule. I'm working with one woman right now who often shows up at the classroom and says, "I don't actually need your help with anything, but I know if I come here, I'll do my work but if I'll procrastinate at home!"
What did you think of the program that used text messaging to contact absent students?