BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Jackson Education, the elite tutoring firm located in downtown Basking Ridge and known for helping students get into some of the country’s top colleges, is now adding a new class to its repertoire, “Surviving College 101.”  The class will take place in the first week of August, right before students head off to their respective schools.

Walker Jackson, the owner and lead teacher of all things English at the firm, explained the need for the course, “I’ve been teaching for twenty years, but it’s only in the last seven that I have seen so many student unprepared for college life.”

While Jackson’s course will focus on some of the traditional college prep teachings - thesis statements, study skills, advanced mathematics - it will also dive into the less talked about elements of college life: temptation, alcohol, social media dos and don’ts, and the disparate political climate of the modern campus.

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“Because of the demographics of the towns we serve, a lot of my students are shocked when they realize that they are all of a sudden in a distinct minority, often labeled as ‘white,’ ‘privileged,’ and ‘out-of-touch,’” said Jackson.  “A lot of college campuses are - right now maybe more than ever - incredibly liberal places; towards these ends we will be teaching our students how to navigate that atmospheric mindset, because it’s one that exists from the administration to the cafeteria workers,” Jackson explained.

Jackson also stressed how important it is for students to learn how to manage their social media accounts. “For a lot of us, going to college is about eventually becoming a professional,” Jackson said.  “That said, professionals handle their social media accounts in professional ways; that mindset needs to start before they are shopping for their dorm rooms.”

“Surviving College 101” will be taught by three different teachers.  Mr. Jackson will teach the writing classes, Mr. Emrah Ayhan will teach the mathematics classes, and a group of guest speakers/lecturers will teach the more social elements of the course.  Some of those teachers will be former students of Jackson Education - present college students who will share their experiences from campus life.

“We put so much energy into getting into college and almost none into how to navigate it all when we get there,” said Jackson.  “It’s time that that changed.”