Thanks for your question. Please know that you are not alone. Many students returning to college experience challenges with meeting or even understanding requirements. Depending on where you are in the admissions/ application process, my first piece of advice is to visit with an academic advisor for a discussion about this topic. I'm confident that an advisor will refer you to the Testing Department. In Texas, taking the TSI is a mandate. It is a valuable tool to determine accurate course placement. It provides information about your current skill level. Many students ask me how to "pass," the test. My standard answer is that is not a pass or fail situation. It is a placement tool.
If you have already completed this process and are currently in classes, but feel anxious, again... please remember that you are not alone. Your faculty is the first person you should seek out for guidance. You can also seek out advising services to get information about campus resources specifically for Math and Science courses. Another strategy for success is to get to know your classmates. They might feel as you do or they might be able to help you. Getting help requires asking for it.
I've worked with an adult student who returned to school only after all of her children had graduated high school. Her Math skill level placed her into the beginning level of developmental, the old name was remedial, instruction. With patience, hard work and utilizing campus resources, she worked her way from basic Math all the way to Calculus 3 and is now a Math teacher!
Believe me when I tell you that success in college is not always a direct result of high intelligence. It is a sign of hard work.
I hope this helps!
All the best,
Teresa recommends the following next steps:
- Meet with an academic advisor.
- Take a placement test to determine accurate skill level.
- Utilize campus resources.
- Get to know your classmates.
- Practice time management.