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Preparing High Schoolers for College in a Fun, Unique Way
Polls show that students ages 15 to 21 feel unprepared for college, and 20 to 30% of high schoolers will not graduate.
When asked why, 500 high school dropouts gave the following reasons:
47% said classes were not interesting
43% missed too many days to catch up
45% felt unprepared by earlier schooling
69% not motivated (HS topics not relevant)
35% said they were failing
25% left for other "family-based" reasons
Many efforts are focused on motivating students to find and enroll in a College, but more attention needs to be given to preparing students for life in College. They need to know
what's ahead as they enter an environment very different from high school.
Eliminating these unknowns by using relevant, interesting material in college preparatory classes may decrease these percentages. Many high school college preparatory programs
are tackling these issues, but finding the right curriculum mix is always a challenge.
One company, WIN Multimedia Design, has tackled this task by developing an innovative, interactive game called Road To College Success. With its unique human-sized board, players are the pawns as they walk around the board interacting with one another and the game leaders.
Top 8 Benefits of Road To College Success:
1 - Motivates Students towards the Decision for College & Sets A Winning Path
2 - Addresses the Uncertainty Students have about in an Upbeat Way
3 - Students Love the High Interaction of being the game pawns & mana
4 - Teaches Money Management Skills
5 - Fits perfectly with AVID & GEAR-UP programs in high schools.
6- A solution for addressing student's transition to post-secondary education.
7- Energizes and provides a warm welcome to any college's freshmen orientation program.
8- A practical, upbeat activity for Resident Advisor floor meetings.
During the game students must register for 4 classes, manage their personal budget, and respond to common college-life scenarios. These scenarios are designed to reduce the unknowns about college living. There are 5 focal discussion topics in the game.
Mutual respect and communication are two important factors when it comes to successfully living with roommates and handling conflict. The game provides guidance for dorm or shared living.
College is a wonderful time to meet new people. Encouraging social interaction and campus involvement is the focus of the game. However, warnings about over-committing and proper priorities are also given to provide balance.
Health & Safety
Transitioning from high school to college can sometimes be difficult for students. They are exploring a new environment and discerning new interactions. As a result, it is common for students to experience stress and gain weight. During the course of the game issues such as personal safety, health and stress will be addressed.
Academic and Schedule Management
In college, students arrange their own schedule, and professors expect student independence. Therefore, the earlier schedule management and personal responsibility are taught the better. The game provides guidance in these areas.
Money Management and Budgeting
College is probably the first time many students begin managing money without parental supervision. Therefore, learning money management skills is crucial. College students also receive many credit card solicitations, so they must learn to avoid credit pitfalls. The game is designed to teach players the importance of a budget and the pitfalls when spending becomes sporadic.
Road To College Success is definitely a tool you want to consider for your high school. More information can be found at www.winmds.com. You can contact the company at 713.494.6996 for a free onsite demo.