Welcome to Summer Prep
Summer Prep, a division of the College H.E.L.P. Program, is designed to help acclimate incoming freshmen and transfer students to their new lives on the campus of Marshall University, as well as to introduce them to their academic responsibilities as university students and participants in College H.E.L.P. During Summer Prep, students learn about the opportunities and resources available to them at the H.E.L.P. Center and at Marshall University, which provides them with a distinct advantage when they start the fall semester. We have found that the Summer Prep experience greatly improves the success rate of our students by building a solid foundation on which to start their academic careers at Marshall University.
Prepare for success
Incoming freshmen accepted by College H.E.L.P. are required to attend one of two Summer Prep sessions offered each year. The first session correlates with Summer Session II at Marshall University, which runs for five weeks, and the other session is an abbreviated session for late high school graduates, which runs for the remaining three weeks of the five-week session. Ideally, students are encouraged to participate in the full five-week session to be fully prepared for the fall semester.
Experience academic life
During Summer Prep students enroll in one Marshall University morning class, which counts toward their respective degrees, receive one hour of academic tutoring daily to support that class, as well as attend small group workshops held in the afternoon at the H.E.L.P. Center. These workshops focus on improving basic skill deficits in the areas of reading, spelling, written language, math, and study skills. These workshops make every effort to utilize a multi-sensory approach to learning in order to fully engage and instruct students. Friday afternoons are reserved for large group workshops that address, among other topics, self-advocacy, career planning, technology support, campus familiarity, etc.
A typical daily schedule Monday-Thursday may include:
9-10:45 a.m. – English 101*
11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch and Break Time
1-2 p.m. – Study Skills Development Workshop
2-3 p.m. – Written Language Workshop
3-4 p.m. – Math Skills Development Workshop
Friday afternoons (12:00-3:00) Lunch and Large Group Workshops
*One hour of academic tutoring for the university course may be before their class in the mornings, sometime during their break time, or after their workshop classes in the afternoons. Individualized schedules will be provided on the first day of Summer Prep.
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Contact Summer Prep
Sara Barker, M.A., Coordinator