Greg Landry M.S. posted some general observations about home educated students from his years teaching in college.
2. They handle classroom social situations
(interactions with their peers and professors)
very well. In general, my homeschooled students
are a pleasure to have in class. They greet me
when the enter the class, initiate conversations
when appropriate, and they don’t hesitate to
ask good questions. Most of my students do
none of these.
2. They come to college without sufficient
test-taking experience, particularly with
timed tests. Many homeschooled students have a
high level of anxiety when it comes to taking
I can see that taking timed testscould be a problem. When I test my kids, I have in my head the amount of time it should take them to finish, but I don’t usually share that with them, because they’ve not had any trouble finishing in the required amount of time. Perhaps knowing that there is a time limit causes enough anxiety to make it difficult to concentrate on the test. I’m thinking I’ll have to do some timed testing to see how they handle that.
Does anyone else have some comments about the strengths and weaknesses of your own home education program?