Summer FYF Program Descriptions

Many students who place into Foundations courses have the option of participating in free summer programs to complete their requirements the summer before they begin here at WPU. Below are descriptions of programs, our anticipated Summer 2017 session dates and links to sign up if you are eligible.

Why should I take a summer program?

  1. Our Summer Foundations programs give the unique opportunity to complete mandatory non-credit courses for free. We provide materials, software, textbooks and instruction costs! No other University in New Jersey has such extensive free opportunities that allow students to get a head start on their college career.
  2. These programs help students get ahead - successful students often complete all requirements in their entering summer and begin with a complete college level course load.
  3. Students who attend in-person programs get a preview of WPU's campus, meet fellow students, staff and faculty, and have an opportunity to transition to the campus with the support of our workshop leaders, tutors and staff. 
  4. Students who attend online programs also have the opportunity to participate in practice exams, tutoring, and workshops on campus before they begin courses in the fall.
  5. All students in summer FYF programs have the opportunity to participate in family workshops, work with Financial Aid and Counseling, Health and Wellness counselors before the fall to ensure their paperwork is in order and to get any assistance they need as they transition to the University.

In-Person Extended Workshops

  • Workshops are available in Reading or Mathematics
  • Summer 2017 workshops run from June 26th - July 27th (no program on July 3 - 4th) or July 17th - August 17th
  • We register students for the first session (June 27th - July 29th) through the middle of June and the second summer session (July 18th – August 18th) will close by the middle of July
  • In person workshops are on campus Monday through Thursday (4 days per week) for two hours - a detailed schedule of time options is on our anticipated summer program schedule page or our registration form - link below
  • Students can choose between several workshop times (day and evening) and will attend a single session time each day
  • Workshops focus on helping students identify where they need to improve, then provide flexible instruction that targets those areas. Workshop leaders use assessments, frequent feedback and intensive practice and instruction to help students improve. Workshops also focus on helping students improve study, time management and learning skills.
  • At the end of the workshop students have the opportunity to re-test their placements. Successful students can begin their subject (math, reading) at the college level.

Hybrid Saturday Workshop Program

  • Workshops are available in Reading or Mathematics
  • Summer 2017 hybrid schedule begins Saturday July 8th and runs to Saturday August 12th
  • This program is ideal for students who cannot attend a workshop daily, but want in person attention and instruction - so a pure online program isn't for them.
  • Workshops focus on helping students identify where they need to improve, then provide flexible instruction that targets those areas. Workshop leaders use assessments, frequent feedback and intensive practice and instruction to help students improve. Workshops also focus on helping students improve study, time management and learning skills.
  • At the end of the workshop students have the opportunity to re-test their placements. Successful students can begin their subject (math, reading) at the college level.

Extended Workshops - Online Version

  • Workshops are available in Reading or Mathematics and are online equivalents of the in-person extended workshops described above; Online programs are hybrid format - with the majority of instruction being remote and online, students who are able will attend in person tutoring sessions on Saturdays.
  • Summer 2017 workshops run from June 26th - July 27th (no program on July 3 - 4th) or July 17th - August 17th
  • We register students for the first session (June 27th - July 29th) through the middle of June and the second summer session (July 18th – August 18th) will close at the middle of July
    • Math Online Workshops are live virtual classrooms - students choose from several times to meet and meet four days a week (Monday through Thursday) at that same time. The in-person session will typically be on Saturday as students are available.
    • The online workshop provides a live whiteboard and chat experience with an instructor. Students will be able to work on problems, ask questions and complete practice with an instructor and other students
    • Flexible time online workshops are offered in math for those students whose schedules don't fit with any live workshop sessions. These sessions offer students the option to ask questions and get feedback asynchronously and a weekly opportunity to attend tutoring/practice exam sessions on campus.
    • Reading Online Workshops are hybrid online workshop experiences guided by a Reading Specialist; students have daily reading practice, exercises and feedback from their instructor to assist in developing their college reading skills.
    • Reading online programs are asynchronous - not live - allowing for more flexibility and reading time for students. 
  • These programs include tutoring and in-person practice exams as part of the format - so students are fully able to be successful on their exit exam

Online Refresher Programs

  • These programs are offered in Math and Reading and are designed for students whose initial placement exam results are close to the college level cutoff score
  • Online refreshers are self-paced, guided practice programs. Students will take diagnostic assessments that will create a study plan for the student. Students can receive online instruction, practice and review in those areas they need assistance in
  • The program begins with an in-person diagnostic exam - students will receive feedback and a guide to what areas they should be developing
  • Programs are typically between 4 - 5 weeks and students can self-pace how they want to improve their skills; our program staff will be available to answer questions, provide guidance and recommendations and encourage program completion
  • All Refresher students should take part in practice exams and tutoring on campus - we have found this is very helpful for online students to get a more realistic assessment of their skills.  It is also recommended that students begin with a pre-test to get a good sense of what topics they need to practice.
  • At the end of the refresher students will come to campus to  re-test their placements. Successful students can begin their subject (math, reading) at the college level.

Writing Tutorials

  • Writing Tutorials give students a chance to improve their writing skills in small cooperative groups facilitated by a Writing Specialist. 
  • Tutorials focus on improving students' writing process, organization, use of language, development, and thesis production with free writing, editing and peer review.
  • Writing tutorials are twice a week for 5-8 weeks for one hour; there are a range of times available and students meet at the same time each week.
  • There is an online option for writing tutorials for students who cannot attend in person

Exit Exams

  • Please be aware - all exit exams are in-person, on-campus paper and pencil exams. Students in Online programs are expected to come for exit exams to campus - we will work with you for convenient date and time within the program. All reading and math programs require an exit exam for students to fulfill their developmental requirement.

How to Register for Summer Programs