Tech PrEP: The Calculus Advantage

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Academic Support Coordinator, Center for Academic Success
christy.lock@gatech.edu

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For incoming Tech students, the transition to college is an exciting time: new friends, new living arrangements and new responsibilities. It is also a time of learning about the new expectations at college. To give incoming first-year students an added advantage in a traditionally difficult subject — calculus — Georgia Tech offers Tech PrEP, a program to develop and refine success skills for the college classroom and beyond.

The Tech Pre-Calculus Enrichment Program (Tech PrEP) is a partnership among Georgia Tech's Center for Academic Success, School of Mathematics and the Freshman Experience program. This exciting summer program is designed to give entering Tech freshmen an added advantage in successfully completing their introductory calculus courses. Tech PrEP is a non-credit, 10-day, intensive, residential program that will review fundamental pre-calculus concepts as well as introduce strategies critical for academic success in calculus and other first-year courses. Tech PrEP is designed to be an active, social and relaxed environment with the overall goal of giving new students a head start on their success at Tech.

 What's Included?

  • Three meals each day (except arrival and departure days);
  • More than 40 hours of instructional time in calculus and pre-calculus with a Tech faculty member;
  • Participation in Georgia Tech’s Leadership Challenge Course;
  • Peer-led academic support, academic success workshops, and program materials;
  • Introduction to campus life and student living including peer-led team-building activities;
  • 10 days of housing in a Georgia Tech residence hall and early move-in to student's Fall 2013 housing assignment; and
  • Registration for a special section of GT 1000.

 What’s the Advantage?

In addition to reviewing the pre-calculus skills that professors at Tech have identified as critical to success in Calculus I (Math 1501) and Survey of Calculus (Math 1712), Tech PrEP allows students to become familiar with the campus and all of its resources. Another advantage is academic gains: students from the Tech PrEP Summer 2012 cohort received a higher percentage of “A/B” final grades in Math 1502 than their peers who were not enrolled in Tech PrEP. Additionally, participants made connections with a current math faculty member and some outstanding peer leaders. Finally, developing friendships and study groups with other incoming first-year students is a great way to get prepared for the first semester at college.

The 2013 Tech PrEP program is from July 31 - August 10. The cost is $995. Please note that enrollment is limited.

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  • Created By: Rachael Pocklington
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Jul 9, 2013 - 10:30am
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:14pm