Summer Prep is a division of the College H.E.L.P. Program, which intends to acclimate incoming freshmen and transfer students to life on Marshall University’s campus and the H.E.L.P. Program. It is an opportunity for future Marshall students to find out what is expected of them, both academically and socially. The program is designed to “ease” students into the rigorous schedule they will face in the fall, integrating a college credit class with college preparatory and deficit area workshops.
Incoming freshmen accepted into the program are required to attend one of the two Summer Prep sessions offered. 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.
During the five-week session, students will enroll in one Marshall University morning class (which will count towards their respective degrees), and one hour of tutoring daily to support that class. Small group workshops held in the afternoon at the H.E.L.P. Center will address improving basic skills in reading, spelling, written language, math and study skills. These workshops make every effort to utilize a multi-sensory approach to learning. Friday afternoons include large group workshops, which will address self-advocacy, career planning, technology support, campus familiarity, etc.
We have found Summer Prep acclimates students to the college setting and greatly improves the success rate of our students by giving them a solid foundation before the fall semester begins. Students who attend Summer Prep have not only knowledge of and access to the resources, which exist, on campus and at H.E.L.P., but they have already become familiar with them before the start of the traditional school year, providing a distinct advantage.
A typical daily schedule (M-Th) may include:
9-10:45 a.m. – English 101
11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch and Break
1-2 p.m. – Study Skills Development Workshop
2-3 p.m. – Written Language Workshop
3-4 p.m.- Math Skills Development Workshop
*One hour of academic tutoring for university class may be before their class in the morning, during their lunch and break time or after their workshop classes in the afternoon.