Jump Start First Year Experience

Jump Start First Year Experience

During the student’s first-year experience as a Jump Start student, they should expect to participate in a learning community comprised of math, English, and first-year seminar courses with their fellow Jump Start peers; Peer Mentoring; and individualized academic support provided by the Academic Support Center Learning Specialist.

With this multi-faceted approach, students will be more persistent and higher success rates compared to eligible students who did not or were unable to enroll in the program (Goal #4).

MATH 004/021

Students will enroll in either Intermediate Algebra (MATH 004) or College Algebra I (MATH 021) according to their placement results and ALEKS remediation taught by instructor Beth Neisser. Students will also attend two hours of Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) led by lead by a professional math tutor. The MATH 004 course may not be used to satisfy the basic minimum requirements for graduation in any baccalaureate degree program.

ENGL 004

Students will enroll in Basic Writing Skills (ENGL 004) taught by instructor Ron George. Students will receive intensive practice in writing sequences and paragraphs and instruction in grammar, usage, and punctuation. This course may not be used to satisfy the basic minimum requirements for graduation in any baccalaureate degree program.

PSU 008s

PSU 008s is required of ALL incoming freshmen. This course is designed to facilitate students' adjustments to the high expectations, demanding workload, increased academic liberties, and other aspects of the transition to college life.

Jump Start students will receive credit for this specialized section of the course during the Early Entrance Experience with their fellow Jump Start peers, utilizing The Naked Roommate: And 107 Other Issues You Might Run Into in College book as a guide for the course.

BB H 148s

BB H 148s allows Jump Start students to expand on the transition skills needed to be successful in the college atmosphere. Jump Start students will meet for 50 minutes a week to cover topics relevant to all first-year students on campus with additional classroom experiences (PAWS workshops, one-on-one Learning Specialist appointments, small group Jump Start student meetings) packaged into this two-credit course exclusively offered to Jump Start students. This course will be paired with one of the collegiate courses the student is enrolled in during the fall semester in order to put the skills learned in this course to immediate use.

Peer Mentoring

The Jump Start program incorporates the use of peer mentors throughout the Jump Start students’ first-year experiences. The peer mentors are Penn State Mont Alto students who have completed training about how to support the needs of an incoming student throughout his or her first year of college. Many of our mentors were involved in Jump Start as first-year students. In addition, all of the mentors have been informed about the various components of the program. Through regular contact, the mentors provide encouragement and guidance to Jump Start students throughout their first academic year. Regular training and supervision is provided to support the peer mentors throughout the mentoring process.

Learning Specialist

The Learning Specialist aims to provide Jump Start students with academic support so you may identify appropriate tools for success, while transferring skills to ensure you are becoming independent toward your personal academic coursework. Jump Start students meet with the Learning Specialist 10 times throughout the academic year. Students will address areas of their concern as determined by Academic Perception and Behavior Intake.

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