College Readiness: Building A Bridge to Success

College Readiness: Building A Bridge to Community College Success

The problem: Many high school graduates enter college unprepared, with 40 to 60 percent needing remedial courses. The overall dropout rate in 4-year colleges is 40%, while only 5% of community college students graduate on time with a 2-year degree. However, despite aspirations, only 15% will complete a 4-year degree within 6 years of enrolling.

The Need...


Misconceptions about teaching and learning based on intuition have led to an epidemic of disengagement in schools (Evans, 2023), higher education (Chronicle of Higher Ed, 2022; NY Times, 2022), and the workplace (Society for HR Management, 2023).

How Schools Teach

The current approach to teaching is often disconnected from how students learn (Hynes, 2014). A global crisis is emerging of learners of all ages being unprepared for future employment and prosperity (UNICEF, 2022), increasing achievement and opportunity gaps (UNESCO, 2023) with “uneducated, uninspired, and unskilled” learners (UNICEF, 2022).

How Students Learn

Learning is a scientific process, and for students to learn optimally they must be taught (Bjork et al., 2013: Dunlosky 2021). This is true regardless of cognitive abilities and disposition towards learning. Students often use ineffective techniques such as highlighting and re-reading, with limited success. Such strategies are rooted in the misconception about learning (Bjork & Bjork, 2011).

Our Solution

How can we enhance college readiness? By implementing comprehensive support programs that not only prepare more students for success in pursuing a 4-year degree but also equip them with the skills needed to thrive in the competitive workforce.

This online program is structured to be facilitated by colleges and universities to equip students with essential skills for effective learning. This 12-14 hour program, comprises of 7 modules along with carefully curated synchronous and asynchronous components.  Through practical workshops, students learn to enhance their retention, executive function, metacognition, comprehension, and critical thinking, ensuring they enter college with confidence and competence.

What Montgomery College Students Learn

Building Habits for Learning Success

Understand the science behind habits and productive habit formation. Dispel common misunderstandings about how habits are created and maintained. Explore the concept of desirable difficulties and practice methods to persevere through difficult tasks. Learn how to make meaningful changes in your routine that last.

Unlearning & Relearning

Learning is something you will do for life. There is a proper way to learn efficiently and effectively. Learn about the common misconceptions of learning and some basic necessities for learning to occur. Discover how to manage challenging emotions and uncover your mindset related to learning. Develop the habits of mind and routines to achieve what is possible for you.

Learning for Mastery

Do you often re-read, highlight, underline and/or forget what you study? Have you ever crammed before a test? Studies show that the most commonly used strategies to study are the most ineffective ones for learning. Furthermore, compelling research reveals that encoding techniques and retrieval strategies improve learning dramatically. Master evidence-based techniques to learn and retain what you learn.

Self Regulation & Executive Function

You are expected to pay attention in class, organize the materials and content, and ultimately use it in and out of the classroom. Yet, rarely are we taught to do this effectively or consciously. Executive function skills, such as time management and organizing, have been found to predict success in school and beyond. Learn about the monitoring and managing skills needed before, during and after learning activities occur.

Metacognition: Monitor & Control

One of the most powerful actions you can take to improve your learning outcomes is to learn metacognitive awareness skills. In fact, research shows that students who have strong metacognition are up to one year ahead of their peers. Discover how to think metacognitively and reflect on your learning. Learn how to determine if the methods you’re using are effective and when to try a different approach.

How Montgomery College Students Learn

Facilitators use the following instructional design to  guide students through the program.

Priming Activities

Priming activities prepare students' brains for learning and make it easier to understand the material later on.


Interaction with other students on discussion boards and during live classes.


Students learn from their peers' educational trajectories and share their own prior experiences at school.

Video Micro-Lessons

Students watch video micro-lessons make the information tangible and relevant.

Creative Expression

Students are engaged through creativity and invited to respond in a variety of modes including writing and video.

Retrieval Practice

Students engage in frequent retrieval practice including elaboration, spacing, self- testing, and interleaving.

Application Guides

Application guides are study guides. Students can print them out or store them on their computer for easy reference.


Students make meaning of what they're learning and understand themselves as a learner through reflection.

Authentic Assessment

Students demonstrate their learning to authentic audiences of their peers and b eyond.

COGx Student Testimonials

In Partnership With Experts on Learning Science from...

COGx has been devoted to translating scientific research and evidence-based practice into accessible programs. They are rigorous in their approach and committed to applying research findings and evidence with fidelity. As a result, they are making great strides in changing the status quo in education to one that embraces scientific research on learning.

Professor Robert Bjork
COGx Academic Partner & Professor of Psychology, UCLA; Bjork Learning & Forgetting Lab

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