Are you thinking about college? Is your son or daughter thinking of attending college. It’s a very big investment in money and time. Will it be a good investment? Well, if you have the motivation to succeed, then there is no better investment than investing in yourself. And the knowledge, skills and confidence you gain in the process of earning your degree is the capital of that investment the dividends of which you can draw on for the rest of your life.
But are you ready for this challenge? Would it be better to wait until you are better prepared? Well, there is a test you can take to give you a better idea if you are ready. Actually it is a type of assessment test that measures your readiness and compares your results to other college freshmen. The test is called the Learning And Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI).
Taking the LASSI involves reading through 80 items, mostly statements and rating yourself as to how much each statement describes you. The items are divided into ten scales related to your awareness about and the use of study strategies. The ten scales are: Attitude, Motivation, Time management, Anxiety, Concentration, Information processing, Selecting main ideas, Study aids, Self testing and Test strategies.
When you score the LASSI, you will see your score as a percentile so you can compare you score with other college freshmen. It is easy this way to see your areas of strength and weakness. You can then exploit your areas of strength and work on improving your areas of weakness. The LASSI manual says it is prescriptive in nature, not predictive. But my experience in using the LASSI in class for almost 20 years is that it is also a pretty good predictor of success in college.
The first three scales are the most important in addressing our question. The Attitude scale measures general attitudes and motivation for succeeding in school and doing the work necessary to succeed. In my experience, a student scoring low on this scale will have an uphill battle to succeed in college and should really think seriously if school is the right choice right now. The Motivation scale measures the degree to which students accept responsibility for performing the tasks necessary for success in school. Students who score low on this scale will also have a difficult time and should spend some time evaluating their goals before they spend a lot of money on tuition. Time management is the third most important scale in my mind. Even students who score well on the first two goals may still have a difficult time in college if they do a poor job of managing their time. It is the one factor that gets most good students in trouble academically. It is vitally important in college to learn to make and use schedules.
Much of the information I relate to you here came from the LASSI manual and from the publisher’s website. You can get more detailed information on these scales and the others at the website of the publisher for the LASSI. You can also order the LASSI here. It’s only $3.50. There is also an online version. http://www.hhpublishing.com/_assessments/LASSI/scales.html .