How much education does one need to do well in college courses?How much education does one need to do well in college courses?

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a difficult question to answer. There are several variables to consider. First, each college course is different. There are easy courses and very hard courses. The harder courses require more effort and education, whereas the easier courses require less. Second, the level of intelligence of each student differs. I know that this is a sensitive point, but some students are more intelligent than others.

With that said, it would never be a bad thing for a student to come into college with more advanced coursework. Some review in college can be a good thing. Moreover, if the student finds something easy, then there are always other courses they can take or even independent research projects. They sky is the limit at college.

As for minimums, a high school diploma or equivalent should be a basic standard. To go lower than this would be a students at a disadvantage.

cvb2447 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There is no one answer to your question since each person is unique. In the United States, especially on the East Coast, there seems to be a pattern of graduating from highschool or a college prep school before applying to college or university.

But in other areas of this country and in Europe, this is not a given pattern and many variations exist. Perhaps the student did not have access to adequate educational resources, had to work to support the family or had children of their own at a young age? These individuals have as much right to further education as anyone but will need an alternative opportunity.

If you are interested in education beyond the highschool level, investigate your possibilities with a teacher, counselor or local social services office.

epic-art-time eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To succeed in college one must have certain skills.  You must know how to take notes and study.  You must know how to write both informally and in essay format.  You must know how to manage time, how to complete assignments without reminders and prodding, and how to ask questions when help is needed.  You must be able to respectfully address professors when necessary.  You can’t be afraid or unwilling to do whatever it takes to achieve a goal.

These are skills that can be gained at a good college preparatory school.  However if you attended a school that is not college prep, the adjustment might be a bit harder.  It is helpful to have a mentor that has graduated from college, who you can call on for advice on college readiness skills.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

To graduate from college there are a number of skills that you will need to develop or possess, however you don't need to enter college with all of these skills. You can learn some of them along the way.

Certain courses of study, especially those requiring or utilizing mathematics, may necessitate some degree of preparation and specific knowledge.

Knowing how to format an essay, any kind of essay, will also be extremely helpful. But that doesn't mean you have to know everything about MLA or Chicago Style. It just means that you will be writing in all of your classes or nearly all of your classes, and some preparation in the area of writing will greatly help any college student.

Karen P.L. Hardison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The education one needs to succeed in college courses--which means to get a passing grade of C--is the equivalent of a competent high school diploma. The skills one must have to successfully undertake college are (1) reading comprehension; (2) skill in academic composition; (3) research skill; (4) lecture note-taking ability; (5) organized study habits. These are skills that a competent high school diploma or its equivalent will provide to each average and above average student.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Certainly the skill of analytical thinking is part of the education needed for success in college.  In addition, skill in writing is also invaluable as the effective communication of one's ideas is essential to success in college.  Thus, in order to be able to succeed, a student needs education in essential skills to critical thinking as well as good listening skills, skills acquired often from having taken foreign language courses.

Tamara K. H. eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Critical thinking, reading comprehension, writing, and research are the most vital skills one must gain from education to be able to continue one's education in college and do particularly well. As an essay writing tutor I frequently see that students struggle because they lack the skills above. It is especially critical to be able to analyze and interpret.

megan-bright eNotes educator| Certified Educator

College courses are more detailed, more advanced and more complex than High school or even junior college courses. Thus a student would need enough education to have been successful in high school or any other pre college courses or programs.

udonbutterfly | Student

I do not think you need much education to take college course. This is why it is school where you go to learn. As long as you have the basic concepts of being able to analyze what you read you should definitely be okay. However you must be more than willing to expand your knowledge and not let the fact that you are lacking in a certain area deter you from anything especially learning.

zumba96 | Student

Well it all depends because college courses all have various amounts of knowledge you need. I would say just go with what the course wants you to learn. Know everything you need to know for your exams and understand the information because you aren't a kid now and the teachers probably won't be as lenient about it. 

eli468 | Student

The question is kind of vague. Some education is already needed for classes, especially those that build off of each other. However, you could also take your question in terms of the fact that college classes are meant TO EDUCATE you. As long you study and keep up with the coursework in your classes then that's the education you need to do well.

If you are talking about good things to know in order to have a nice transition to college classes from high school I would say that it's simply the basics you need to know. You need to know how to write an essay (although you will probably learn a different way in college English, but understanding the basics is still important), basic math, basic science, and it goes on. 

You should be fine in college classes as long as you pay attention, study, and if you have questions ASK. Whether it's a teacher, tutor, or friend who understands the work, it's a good idea if and when you get stuck on something.

arrellbelle | Student

Just going to say this for anyone who thinks that college is a stroll in the park, it is most definitely not. This is coming from someone who has had a 4.0 GPA in high school and is now considered a sophomore in college. It may be easy at first when you are taking your general education courses; however, as you begin to delve into your major courses, it's going to get more difficult because of the new knowledge you'll be introduced to, classes are shorter, classes are bigger, and exams/quizzes become excruciatingly difficult. You must become an adult and not expect your teachers to spoon-feed you the information and rely on reading the textbook, taking notes, and quizzing yourself to successfully retain information.