Matching Students to the Right Course

In this video, you'll learn how to match students to the right course for them by determining their skills and readiness, recognizing their goals, and identifying their interests.

In order to be successful, students need to select courses that match their skills, interests and goals. In this video, you'll learn how to match a student to the right course.

Step 1: Skills & Readiness

The first step in matching a student to a course is to determine their skills and readiness. It is essential to ensure the student is matched with a course that fits their skill level so they are motivated to start learning.

To help determine students' readiness for a course, ask questions such as:

  • What prior knowledge or skills do you possess?
  • Do you have the educational foundation to be successful in this course?
  • What concepts, skills, or strategies are you ready to learn?

Let's visit the classroom to see how Susan, our classroom facilitator, guides Tony, a student, to choosing the right course.

Susan: Let's figure out which course level you should start with. What are the most recent classes you've taken?

Tony: Well, I took math, English, science and history in high school.

Susan: Most colleges require at least one math course. Do you want to start with math?

Tony: I'm not sure. I wasn't very good at math in high school.

Susan: That's okay. Let's assess your skills with the first math pre-test. Your score will help us determine which level math course to get you started on. has assessments that students can use to find out if they're ready to learn the course material. We offer courses at many different levels, so a student who is not ready for more advanced material can start with one of our remedial classes.

Step 2: Goals

Next, you will need to assist the students in recognizing their goals. This step is important because it helps the student lay the groundwork to pave their way to success.

You can help students identify their goals by asking the following questions:

  • Do you want to earn a college degree?
  • What do you want to study?
  • Have you earned any credit or are you just getting started?

Let's head back to the classroom to see how Susan helps Tony define his goals.

Tony: has a lot of courses. How do I go about choosing the right one?

Susan: First, think about your goals.

Tony: I'm not really sure.

Susan: Do you want to go to college?

Tony: I do want to enroll in college and earn my degree, but I'm just not sure what I want to be yet.

Susan: Have you earned any credit or are you just getting started?

Tony: I have a high school diploma but I haven't started college.

Susan: Alright, let's look at the general education courses. You can take these to get started on your degree, and that will save you money and time when you enroll.'s courses cover everything commonly required in the first two years of college. This is a great place for many students to start because they can earn credits that will transfer to most colleges.

Step 3: Interests

Lastly, you will need to assist the students in identifying their interests. This is important since some students may still be exploring college education and figuring out what they want to learn.

To help students find a course that interests them, ask questions such as:

  • What do you like?
  • What degree are you thinking of pursuing?
  • What courses in's catalog interest you?

Let's head back to the classroom once more to see how Susan helps Tony choose a course that fits his interests.

Tony: I don't think I can focus on a math class. I just don't find math interesting.

Susan: That's alright, let's save math for later. Here's a list of all of's topics - which ones do you find interesting?

Tony: Well, I always wanted to own my own company... maybe I could take a business course?

Susan: has several business courses: Management, Macroeconomics, Marketing...

Tony: MARKETING! I'm really interested in marketing so I can learn how to sell a product and earn money.

Susan: Great! Let's get you started on Marketing and you can always switch gears down the road.

When a student is engaged in a course, they are more likely to successfully complete it.'s course catalog contains a variety of subjects so students can easily find a course that fits their interests.


When a student is matched to a course that fits their skills, goals and interests, they are much more likely to stay motivated and complete the course. Follow these three simple steps to jump start your students on their path to success.

1. Setting Students Up for Success with's Courses

2. Matching Students to the Right Course

3. How to Guide Students Through's Courses

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