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#1350 - 06/05/2006 11:05 AM Remedial English
tlmiller36 Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/05/2006
Loc: Seattle

New here. 43 and deciding I want my degree. I've always felt beneath the rest of the world for not having a degree and I have decided it's time. I am I am going to start this Fall, community college, online AA and then move to a 4 year for BA. And now that I have that figured out I have to deal with the scary part.

The reason I never went to college is that I never thought I was smart enough. I now know this is ridiculous and the problem was actually that my school sucked, not me. I know that if I take the placement tests for math and english that I will have to take multiple remedial classes that will take up time and dollars I don't want to spend. I would prefer to study on my own until I feel I can get in to the 100 level classes. I have found to very helpfull for math, but I cannot find an equivelant for english. The only reason I know what a noun is, is from watching Sesame Street, and a pronoun, forget it. Pathetic I know but I need to go back a ways. Most of the english courses I find on the web are diredtied towards ESL and that is not what I need.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?

#1351 - 06/06/2006 15:01 PM Re: Remedial English
Crysania Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 04/09/2006
Loc: NY
I give you so much credit (even though remedial classes don't!) and am very thrilled to read your post because I am actually soon interviewing for a position to TEACH remedial English to undergrads, and I am going to remember what you wrote when I look at my class (that's IF I get the job!) YOU will do GREAT!! Don't wait too long, take remedial if you need it, and don't look back. You will PASS the others by. Slow but steady works REALLY well. I mean it!!!

#1352 - 06/06/2006 20:03 PM Re: Remedial English
shi Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/06/2006
You're commended for going back to school! My mother, who is 54 just received her AA and she is absolutely thrilled. She quit high school years ago and thought she'd never get a degree. Your situation sounds very similar. As for the English, believe it or not, she CLEPped out of English Composition and her school (NSU) awarded 6 credits for it. I wouldn't say she's an expert at the written word, but she tried and got 1 point over the recommeded score for credit. Have you considered trying to pass the CLEP to avoid the classes altogether? You may know more than you think. Just a thought.


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