Reality in Grading

What kids are used to in schools….the grades they get and the amount of instructional time they have…along with very structured schedules with school, after-school activities of all kinds, work and family events…does NOT prepare them for college life!

For an example: A student in a normal school situation from elementary through high school generally spends about 6 hours a day in that school taking classes and learning. After-school sports or enriching activities, work, family time, homework all must take place in the time after school ends for the day and bedtime…therefor everything must be scheduled to fit it all in.

But what about a regular college day?

Most college students take about 15 credit hours each semester which means 15 hours of class time each week. So in a typical day, a student would spend only 3 hours of their day in class…without much else planned for their schedule, certainly not studying because they think they have all the time in the world…just look at all the down time never available before. But for most kids it’s hard to focus on studying when procrastination abounds:) Social learning becomes of the utmost importance…and yes, that is extremely important for children to gain maturity and the skills needed for interaction in society.



In most public schools this is what the grading system looks like:

A     90-100

B     80-90

C     70-80

D    60-70

E/F    below 60


So, a C is an average grade…acceptable, okay, fine


When a student hits college he soon learns that a 2.00 or a C average is the lowest possible grade he may earn to PASS the class…yup, a C- is a failing grade in college…one that will put that student on academic probation and eventually dismissed from the university!


Knowing this information about schedules and grading well before a student is going to attend college is a way to concentrate your help in a way that allows the student to become an independent worker…trying hard to schedule his own time successfully…and that allows the student the ability to work for those grades that he knows are necessary for higher learning. Some kids always work way too hard and put stress on themselves…they need help on the scheduling part. Other kids work way too little and just scrape by…they need help in adjusting their sights and efforts.



With 2 kids that went through college and are now successful in their lives, I just thought I’d share a few thoughts that might in some small way help out:)  Feel free to ask questions if you wish!


Happy Parenting!

D and C

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