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I found the book, *Teaching Unprepared Students, Strategies for Promoting
Success and Retention in Higher Education* by Kathleen F. Gabriel to be
very helpful. It is only 134 pages (plus references and index.) It is very
practical. This book has been used for faculty/staff book discussion groups
across the nation. I've even led one myself.

Brenda

Dr. Brenda C. Smith

Math Specialist
Office of Learning Assistance
Miami University
111 Rentschler Hall
1601 University Boulevard
Hamilton, OH  45011
(513) 785-3043
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On Mon, Feb 29, 2016 at 1:48 PM, Alvin MaddenGrider <
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> We always come back to this question:
>
> How do we motivate some students to (1) value higher education, and (2)
> seek the help they need (study skills, tutoring, etc.)?
>
> Are there  best practices or successful programs in motivating
> at-risk/conditionally-admitted/underprepared/unprepared students?
>
> We used to teach a short-course in study skills here which seemed to help,
> but it was slashed for budget cuts.
>
> I don't want to get into any philosophical discussions about whether
> unmotivated students even belong in college or not.  Fact is, they are
> here.  We have admitted them. What can we best do to serve them?
>
> We have to educate the students we have -- not the students we might want
> or wish to have at a later time.
>
> If the above words seem familiar, I never thought I would paraphrase
> Donald Rumsfeld ("You go to war with the army you have -- not the army you
> might want or wish to have at a later time").
>
> I continue to speak against mandating or "forcing" these students to
> attend tutoring.  That only seems to lead to resentment and a waste of time
> and money.
>
> Thanks if you can help.
>
> Alvin
>
> Gentry Alvin Madden-Grider
> Learning Strategies Coordinator
> Morehead State University
> 606-783-5181
> Allie Young 215
>
> "Those who do not study are only cattle dressed up in men's clothes." --
> Confucius (551-479 BC)
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