TechPrEP Gives Students a Head Start in Calculus


Christy Lock
Academic Support Coordinator, Center for Academic Success

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The Tech Pre-Calculus Enrichment Program (Tech PrEP) is a partnership between Georgia Tech's Center for Academic Success, School of Mathematics, and the Department of Residential Life’s 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, 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 to their success at Tech.

There are many benefits to enrolling in Tech PrEP:

  • Provides students with more than 40 instructional hours on fundamental pre-calculus concepts that are critical to success in MATH 1501 (Calculus I) or MATH 1712 (Survey of Calculus). The concepts covered are based on faculty observation of problems commonly experienced by students in Tech calculus courses, even though they may have performed well in AP Calculus.
  • Introduces students to the advanced college learning environment including: the lecture format, classroom technology, faculty expectations, college level exams, and faculty evaluation of student performance in the college classroom.
  • Helps students develop relationships with peer mentors who are successful Georgia Tech students. Through Peer Led Undergraduate Study (PLUS) sessions, participants will gain understanding of good study techniques and participate in collaborative learning activities designed to enhance learning and improve student performance. PLUS sessions will combine "what to study" with "how to study" in college.
  • Provides Academic Success workshops and programs that will address common topics relevant to first- year student success. These workshops will be highly interactive and will include two trips to the Georgia Tech Leadership Challenge Course to develop teamwork and leadership skills.

Tech PrEP is August 1-10, 2013 with a move-in date of July 31, 2013. Enrollment is limited. Students will move directly into their fall freshman housing assignment. To be eligible, participants must be incoming Georgia Tech first-year students. Students enrolling in either MATH 1501 (Calculus I) or MATH 1712 (Survey of Calculus) are encouraged to register as the program curriculum aligns with course material for these courses. However, students enrolling in any Calculus or Math course are still welcome to enroll. Please note that Tech PrEP is a non-credit bearing program. Financial aid or scholarship awards may not be used towards the cost of the program.

For more information including program cost and registration details, please visit the Tech PrEP website.

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  • Created On: May 14, 2013 - 6:37am
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