An astonishing 60% of people that venture off to university are deeply underprepared in terms of basic writing skills. Most students fail to use correct grammar, form sentences and would struggle to structure an essay, and have therefore have been given additional support classes by the university to get them up to speed with what is normally expected from university students. Many researchers believe that university is such a culture-shock compared to A-Levels that there little to give students an indication to what university work is like.
The results from research suggested that 50% of students, up to 60% in some cases, would struggle to use English skills, such as writing, reading, punctuation, grammar, spelling and be able to study on their own without some sort of help. Undergraduates are therefore being given independent learning skills to help them boost their overall stature as a student, and many blame the diluted A-Levels that are being taught to the test, which means that college students simply have to remember what has been taught when it comes to exam time. When it comes to starting university, students do not have the skills to form arguments, think for themselves and think critically, and will therefore struggle unless they are given help.
Teachers are being forced to give advanced coaching to students so that they can pass the exams, which would then make the university look better in the rankings, but this is not providing a true case of the calibre of graduates that complete the course. Calls for a limit of the number of resits is also being pushed forward as more and more students are taking advantage of having three or four bites at the cherry, and this is taking its toll on the number of graduates that are still unemployed after they leave.