Summer Prep

Welcome to Summer Prep


Registration Forms for Summer Prep 2017 are now available.

Click HERE for application forms and instructions related to Summer Prep 2017.

Summer Prep 2014

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.  Summer Prep also introduces students 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.

Important: Orientation for H.E.L.P. incoming students will be on Friday, June 23rd. This is the only orientation day when the H.E.L.P. Staff will be available at orientation to assist our students. If your student is coming to Summer Prep, he/she will be automatically registered for orientation on June 23rd. If your student is coming late or not attending Summer Prep, please email Sara Barker ( letting her know they will be attending on that day.


Prepare for success

Incoming freshmen accepted by College H.E.L.P. are strongly encouraged 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. Students are encouraged to participate in the full five-week session to be fully prepared for the fall semester.

Experience academic life

_DSC6288During Summer Prep, students enroll in one Marshall University morning class; receive an hour of academic tutoring per day to help support that class; and, in the afternoon, attend three one-hour small group workshops held at the H.E.L.P. Center.

During the afternoon workshops, all students will receive one hour of assistive technology instruction in the areas of reading, written language, and study skills; and one hour of instruction in study skills, time management, and organizational skills.  For the third hour, students will be placed in a workshop according to the most significant deficit, as indicated by their testing.  These areas include math, reading comprehension, written expression, and the Wilson Reading System (WRS).  Each student will be assigned to a workshop in only one of these areas.  The 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, and campus familiarity.

A typical daily schedule Monday-Thursday may include:

10:00 am – 11:45 am:  PSY 201*

11:45 am – 1:00 pm:  Lunch and Break Time

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:  Math Skills Workshop

2:00 pm -3:00 p.m. – Assistive Technology Workshop

3:00 pm -4:00 p.m. – Study Skills/Time Management/Organization Workshop

Friday afternoons

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm 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.

Jerry Greer Memorial Scholarship Waiver

This summer, we are offering a scholarship in memory of Jerry Greer, a HELP student who lost his life in the summer of 2016.  Preference will be given to students with dyslexia.  The application is provided below.

  • To qualify for a scholarship/waiver, students must have successfully completed at least two semesters at Marshall University and be in good standing with the H.E.L.P. Program. Additionally, they must fill out a FAFSA form and demonstrate financial need




Contact Summer Prep

Sara Barker, M.A., Coordinator

(304) 696-6312