Low-income students face challenges that many others do not. For these students, college could be an important stepping stone to achieving financial stability, but also seems like something out of their reach because of the potential cost. This fact creates uncertainty when they are faced with roadblocks such as life circumstances, or an overload in coursework. However, there are ways to help these students succeed in school. A different and more personalized approach can be useful, especially for students who may not have had the best academic experience in the past and weren’t taught beneficial study skills.
First of all, data is needed so that every student may be kept track of. It is quite difficult to create a road map to success, especially with so many obstacles to overcome. Low income students may not be familiarized with the world of academia, making it imperative that they are not allowed to slip through the cracks and then possibly drop out. Therefore, programs must be implemented to scan for warning signs if a student is struggling. As the margin of error is a smaller for those lacking means, it is imperative that research be done, and in turn funding to be provided for these initiatives, so that no student may be left to fend for themselves only to find it too late to recover. Knowing who each student is and how they’re doing makes it possible for the college to get them help they need to succeed in school or even connect them with a great mentor.
Another important point is to allow federal funding for innovative techniques and programs that may be unique, such as charter schools, and also programs that may implement a different way of learning compared to the traditional way. As many studies have shown, different students have various ways of learning that may manifest themselves through a variety of tests, leaving a direct approach as lacking compared to a personalized approach that may be influencing students of all kinds, and not just the same standard of students that have always attended institutions of higher learning. Research in demographics is important to find the different customs, and values, that all students may have in order to work with them comprehensively.
Work with parents
Most importantly, the way forward is to affect the parents as well as the students. Through education, habits can be changed, new habits can be created, and campaigns can be brought forward in order to change how people think. By implementing a cross-generational program, the approach can be done with this student’s siblings, and also the student’s future children. However, much research must be done in order to create these programs correctly.