The Effect On Mental Health When Student Attend Remediation (Not Your Regular College Kid)

Some students are required to be on remedial class based on their SAT or ACT performance.  The school system defends this move to provide the student with good foundational coursework to allow them to survive college-level coursework, especially in Math and English.   But this has been opposed by some saying, the remedial class is the curse on student’s mental health.


Stigma Of Attending Remedial Class

Being called a college student, yet, attending classes for high school levels is quite shameful.  Some students try their best to do well in high school as preparation for the course they would want to take in college.  But there are numbers of them who feel frustrated after taking their placement test.

My niece has been dreaming of becoming a space engineer one day.  She is always giving her best in school with this goal in mind.  But the somewhat discouraging result of her placement test put her in intermediate algebra level.  That means she has to take a remedial class.  That result made a significant impact on how she feels about herself.   The once confident girl I knew now felt inadequate, thinking she’s not good enough to be an engineer.  She lost her confidence and kept on saying that she will never become an engineer.


Help And Support From Parents And The Educational System

As a person in the academe, I need to explain to her what the placement exam is for.  I, myself, took a remedial class during my college days.  She couldn’t believe it.  Yes, the remedial course is not a new thing.   It already exists during my time, and I took it.  Believe me, it helped me improve my math skills significantly.  Math may not be for everyone, but it can be learned by those who really have the heart for it.

Taking a remedial class in math does not mean you are not good enough or smart enough, or you’re level of intelligence does not fit a course that’s in the math field.  It’s just kind of serve as an indicator of what level you should start in Math when you get to college.  If you think about it, it’s for your advantage.  College environment can be overwhelming, and being in a math class way above your level can cause you just to give up.  So, it is better to enter college math at the level that fits your understanding, be good at it, and then slowly go up the ladder to higher math.



If you feel anxious about your ranking, ACCUPLACER might be able to assist you in seeing your coursework level and even helping you improve through practice tests.

Accuplacer is an online assessment tool that aims to evaluate students’ preparedness to college by assessing their skills in writing, English, and Math.

It is free for students to practice.   Tests are modified to each student because of its computer-adaptive design.


ALEKS And EdReady

There are more similar programs designed to help students do well and have confidence as they enter college.

EdReady and ALEKS can help assess remedial placement of high schoolers.  They even offer a summer program to equip the incoming freshmen with adept skills to meet the demand of their college-level tasks, assignments, and projects.

Learning that you failed at something you work hard for or you don’t fit could really be frustrating, especially for hardworking students.

Knowing precisely the reason why you should take a placement test or what’s the need for a remedial class would lessen your worry and anxiety that could affect your mental health.  Looking at remedial class with a positive point of view could strip away the cloud of doubt you have on yourself that could hinder you from giving your best and enjoy college life.

Author: Marie Miguel

Professional Experience Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade; covering a variety of health-related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to target subjects related to anxiety and depression specifically. As an editor, contributor, and writer for over 100 online publications Marie has covered topics related to depression, anxiety, stress, grief, various phobias, and difficult family circumstances. With regular content published on mental health authorities like TheMighty, Yahoo, GoodMenProject, ADAA, CCPA-ACCP, Silverts, AMHCA, etc... Marie has shown both her passion and dedication to discussing & educating topics related to mental health and wellness. With an understanding that there is never too much information and helpful research about mental health in all of its forms, she continues to look for new and creative ways to both start discussions & engage with others about these important topics. Before becoming an online researcher and writer, she worked as an Administrative Executive with different industries namely telecom, security workforce providers, trading companies, exclusive hotel and concierge services. After ten years of working in different industries, she decided to enter the world of freelancing in able to give more time to her precious daughter. Given this opportunity, it helped her discover and realize that she is both capable and passionate about expressing her opinions in creative and influential ways via writing. Education Marie Miguel is a loyalty awardee of St. Paul College where she spent her primary and secondary education. She holds a degree of Bachelor of Science in Business Administration major in Computer Applications from De La Salle University - College of St. Benilde where she was also on the Dean's List for consecutive semesters during her college years. "My Philosophy on Mental Health & Wellness" It takes passion for being an expert researcher and writer of mental health related topics. Having lived through traumatic experiences in the past, it has become easier to express my opinions and findings I've discovered while researching a variety of situations and subjects. I aim to inspire every person that reads mental health & wellness related articles to provide hope in every struggle; just as my experiences have taught me. Additionally, I strive to contribute to the continual progression of mental health awareness by providing helpful information and significant resources to understand further the importance of keeping a healthy mind and well-being.

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