Homeschooling Prepares Students for College
What do you think when you hear about a homeschooled student going to college? Envision that student in your head. Who do you see? Do you see someone who is scared, lost, and maybe not on the same learning level as their peers? If so, then you have a similar vision as a majority of the population. So the real question at this point is; Are these thoughts of homeschooled students going to college correct or false? Contrary to popular belief, they are absolutely false! The student you envision should be strong, intelligent, and prepared to take on the journey ahead. Why? Because contrary to popular belief, homeschooled students are far more prepared for college than those students learning in the traditional way. Homeschooled students, on average, make higher grades, adjust and cope with changing surroundings superiorly, and are overall more successful in college.
So why is it that homeschooled students are seen in such a negative light when it comes to college? Well let’s start with the basics. Most people see homeschooling as cutting students off from other children and promoting solidarity due to the fact that classmates like traditional students do not surround them. These thoughts of cutting out socialization leads to the misrepresentation that homeschooled students will adjust poorly to college where they are surrounded by thousands of other students on campus and possibly hundreds in a single classroom. So why isn’t this true? To start, because homeschooled students are not in a classroom all day like other students. They are able to not only spend more time being in clubs, organizations, and sports, but also with their friends.
The next belief people have in their heads is that because homeschooled students are so used to learning and studying on their own, the will not do well in a college classroom. So in other words, they believe that because these students are used to learning on their own they will not be successful in college, a place where the skill of being able to self teach is almost a necessity. One would think this expertise would be beneficial, but that’s only logical. Lets look at some statistics, which prove that homeschooled students succeed in college far beyond traditionally educated students.
Lets start with getting accepted into college. Since ACT and SAT scores are so important for college application it would make sense to chose a path that would improve these areas the greatest. There is a wide misconception that homeschooled students enter college already at a disadvantage as to how much they know because most believe that they are neither schooled on the same level as traditionally educated students, nor are they taught information to the extent that other students are. Half of the previous notion is true. Homeschooled students are not taught information to a lesser extent than other...