Many first- year students arrive on campus confident in their abilities, only to find themselves doing very poorly in their introductory biology, chemistry or mathematics courses. The Winter Bridge Program is designed to offer these students an alternative solution. Students who self-identify as needing help will have a two-day intensive set of workshop sessions targeted at giving these students help to enable them to succeed the second time through our courses. The workshops will include general studying skills delivered by School of Science faculty along with sessions targeted for dealing with the special issues and content of the disciplines.
Participating students will work with School of Science faculty and with SoS Peer Mentors. The mentors will attend the faculty-led workshop sessions and run some problem-solving sessions. Students will also be offered evening programs delivered by the office of student life, to create a supportive community of learners.
There is no charge for either food or lodging for this program. Apply online between December 12 and 3 p.m. on January 3, 2018.
FAQ Winter Bridge Program
- Who should participate in the Winter Bridge Program?
The Winter Bridge Program is designed for first-year students who performed poorly this fall semester in any of their introductory biology, chemistry, or mathematics courses. The Program is composed of a number of workshops that will help prepare them for the spring semester, either for repeating courses or for going on to the next science course in the sequence. Workshop sessions will include material taken from the introductory courses and will feature tools and tips for how to handle the problems and content of these classes. In addition, there will be sessions on general study skills, time management, test taking, and the like. There will be lots of problem solving sessions with opportunities to work with your professors, Peer Mentors and each other.
The goal of the Winter Bridge Program is to prepare students for success in the spring semester!
- Who should participate in the Winter Bridge Program?
The program is open to any first year Monmouth University student who struggled with any introductory courses in biology, chemistry, and/or mathematics.
- When is the program?
The program will be held right before the start of the spring semester. Students should arrive at campus by 5 p.m. on Thursday January 11, 2018. The workshops will take place all day Friday January 12 and Saturday January 13, 2018. Students are expected to attend the workshop sessions on both days.
- How much does the program cost?
Nothing! The program is being provided at no cost to participants. Students will be able to stay in the dorms for free from January 11, 2018 until the start of the semester. All meals from dinner on Thursday January 11 through dinner on Saturday January 13 are included.
- Where will the program be held?
Everything will be on the Monmouth University campus. Workshop sessions will be held in Edison or Howard Hall.
- What subjects will be covered?
- The materials for the biology workshop sessions will be drawn from BY 109 and BY 110.
- The materials for the chemistry workshop sessions will be drawn from CE 111 and CE 112.
- The materials for the mathematics workshop sessions will be drawn from MA 101, MA 115, MA 116, and MA 125.
- How do I apply?
The online application will available from December 12, 2017 until 3 pm January 3, 2018.
- Can I choose what sessions to attend?
Yes! While some workshop sessions will be required for everyone, we expect that each student will select the majority of sessions he or she wants to attend. Most sessions will be taught multiple times to allow everyone to take sessions in more than one discipline. For example, we expect that some students will want to take sessions in, say, chemistry and biology, and we’ll schedule in such a way that this can be done.
- Who will be teaching?
All workshops will be led by School of Science faculty, School of Science Peer mentors, and staff from the Center for Student Success. Faculty who teach in the introductory biology, chemistry and mathematics courses will be delivering the workshops.
- What is the schedule?
We are still working on the schedule, but expect sessions to run from about 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with sessions lasting about 45 minutes.
- Can I get credit for the Winter Bridge Program?
No academic credit will be granted for the Winter Bridge Program.
- What are the dates of the Winter Bridge Program?
Student should arrive at campus by 5 p.m. on Thursday January 11, 2018. The workshops will take place all day Friday January 12 and Saturday January 13, 2018. Students are expected to attend the workshop sessions on both days.
- What happens on Sunday January 14 and Monday January 15?
There will be no programming on these days. Students are free to stay in the dorms and get ready for the start of the spring semester. Students will be responsible for their own food after dinner on Saturday.
- How will participants be selected?
We are limited in how many students we can accommodate in the Winter Bridge Program. Students will be selected by the School of Science faculty based on their need of academic assistance and what they hope to gain from the program. In completing the application, be sure to be honest about your past performance and what your plans are for doing better in the spring.
- When will I find out if I have been accepted for the program?
Students will be notified by email no later than Friday January 5, 2018 if they have been selected to participate in the Winter Bridge Program. So, be sure to check your Monmouth University email account during the first week of January 2018!