Get Ready Education – A Learning Journey
What is “Get Ready Education” and who is it for?
“Get Ready Education – A Learning Journey” is a set on free, online courses that have been designed to help secondary school students in Ireland prepare for the challenges of college and university.
Many students are just not ready to cope with the demands of third level study and this can increase the doubts that students may have. Yorke and Longden (2004) found, for example, that two thirds of withdrawals in the UK happen during or at the end of the first year. There are a number of factors cited that make it difficult for students to adjust to third level life including: financial pressures; the wrong choice of programme or module; difficulties with making friends or being homesick. The biggest factor reported in the literature is the lack of preparation for and an understanding of the type of learning that is required at third level (Pike and Kuh 2005; Schrader and Brown 2008; Brownlee et al. 2009; Jamelske 2009; Morosanu et al. 2010). The importance of aiding students transition into higher education is reinforced by appreciating that undergraduates are likely to arrive with learning strategies suitable to second level school life which are less effective in third level learning environments featuring large class sizes and less easy access to staff (Cook and Leckey 1999). Similar to Tinto’s findings, Cook and Leckey (1999) consider transition to be the ‘greatest hurdle’ in higher education. (Ginty 2014)