In this three-week academic summer camp course, students will learn foundational academic and study skills to facilitate their transition to high school. Each morning is broken into two, 1.5-hour classes: Math and English.
The Math class will include a review of key algebraic concepts with a focus on those less studied chapters that are sometimes overlooked, but that cover critical algebra topics: combining polynomials, working with radicals, and solving quadratic equations. In addition, whether collaborating with partners or working in groups, students will develop their problem-solving skills as well as build confidence in using multiple strategies to solve word problems. A primary learning goal of the workshop is to help students develop an enhanced understanding of algebraic problem-solving beyond a rote level. Students will frequently visit critical arithmetic skills with decimals, fractions, and percents in order to maximize their overall math readiness for future classes. On the lighter side, students will also tackle brain teasers and puzzles to appreciate the elegance and fun of math.
In the English class, students will analyze their individual learning styles before delving into strategies and techniques specific to each discipline as well as study skills that are crucial for success across disciplines. In this academic summer camp, Students will learn note-taking skills, memory techniques like mnemonic devices, test-taking strategies, and time management skills. To prepare students for the readings, they will practice reading comprehension strategies such as reading with a purpose, determining what is important in a text, annotating, and inferencing. Writing skills such as using academic language, creating thesis statements, collecting evidence, and proper citation will also be taught to prepare students for work in the Humanities. The instructor will teach these skills both explicitly and in role play, or in case study scenarios to simulate academic situations they will encounter starting in September. In addition to these core academic skills, students will learn the importance and role of self-advocacy in academia.