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#2498 - 06/25/2012 17:37 PM Vocational Degree but never had college
Amy_1980 Offline
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Registered: 06/25/2012
Loc: United States
I am 31 years old and work as an Operations Specialist for four years. Though it sounds like a fancy title, I make a very small salary. I have training in graphic design and videography but it wasn't done through a 'regular' vocational school. I have mental health problems (including ADD) that kept me from going to college. I was able to get enough money through the state to get private training with various tutors. This was all done in 3 years time.

I applied for about 50+ graphic design jobs in my area before I settled for this job. A lot of graphic design grads were coming out of our local university so there was noway I could complete. Although I do enjoy graphic design, I'm not sure it's a good fit for me. I find that psychology is where I am most drawn. But I do waver back and forth and wonder what kind of a career would be my best fit.

I've been wanting to go to college for years now. My husband has been supportive in this and also wants me to go. Here is the problem. I was homeschooled through highschool (again because of mental health problems and ADD) and my education was lackluster. Due to my problems my parents often became frustrated and would just do the work for me. This was especially the case with math. I have stuggled with the most basic concepts of it.

I didn't learn a huge amount of Pre-Algebra or Algebra. I'm also terribly rusty in English and can't remember even half of what I learned in school, to be honest. I am totally lost on History. I have A LOT of work to make-up for and am trying to think of ways to do it.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to do? I know the college I want to go to. The problem is I have seen the 'test' answers provided for their placement test. I don't think I could pass the test without months of studying/personal help. I am wondering what others have done to make up for their poor highschool education? I have tried Kahn University and it just doesn't feel like enough for me. When I don't have a set 'plan' of coursework to study, I feel completely lost. But when someone creates a plan for me and I can work through all the steps, I do pretty well.

All suggestions are much appreciated!

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#2524 - 08/08/2012 10:18 AM Re: Vocational Degree but never had college [Re: Amy_1980]
thomas15 Offline
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Registered: 12/13/2011
Originally Posted By: Amy_1980

...I've been wanting to go to college for years now. My husband has been supportive in this and also wants me to go. Here is the problem. I was homeschooled through highschool (again because of mental health problems and ADD) and my education was lackluster. Due to my problems my parents often became frustrated and would just do the work for me. This was especially the case with math. I have stuggled with the most basic concepts of it.I didn't learn a huge amount of Pre-Algebra or Algebra. I'm also terribly rusty in English and can't remember even half of what I learned in school, to be honest. I am totally lost on History. I have A LOT of work to make-up for and am trying to think of ways to do it.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what to do? I know the college I want to go to. The problem is I have seen the 'test' answers provided for their placement test.
All suggestions are much appreciated!


I know it has been a while since you posted your message. In my opinion, others may disagree but the most important thing you need to know for placement in a community college (where I would recommend you start) is math. But this is only to the extent that you want to be placed in something higher than a basic math class. Personally I have always been a poor math student but I worked through one of those idiot/dummy books for pre algebra and when I took the placement test at my community college I did well enough to get into beginning algebra.

The thing is though most community colleges will take you at the point you are at now and bring you up to the approprate level. So my suggestion is go talk to admission at your CC and let them get you started on the correct path. That is their job and do not think that you will not fit in or that ADD is a show stopper. Both of my kids have ADD and did well in HS, my daughter graduated #10 in her HS class of 200, is a member of NHS and starts university in a pharm D program. It all comes down to how bad you want it.

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