Tips for implementing college transition programs
- Early communication about math requirements and placement exams.
- Access to a trained coach
- Emphasis on mastery
- Clear goal posts
- Continuous improvement
1. Communicate expectations about placement tests
2. Select the type of program you’d like to implement
- Summer bridge courses: An instructor teaches a short refresher course, usually 1-3 weeks long.
- Tutorial centers or lab/emporium model: Students work through a curriculum at their own pace during required lab time and have access to a tutor.
- A college gives students instructions for using Khan Academy and tells them what content to study, perhaps by posting this information on a website. Often students also receive online support, such as targeted intervention from a coach.
3. Choose coaches and how they’ll interact with students
- Teaching assistants
- Peers If students will be tutoring each other, you’ll want to find an online or in-person way for them to connect with their peers (e.g., Google Hangout or lab time).
4. Select a curriculum that meets your students’ needs Students can either choose a mission or create a customized study plan.
5. Set clear goals
9. Analyze and improve
- Get feedback from coaches and students on program logistics and design to help you decide what to keep, change, and remove.
- Get feedback from students on their progress in math.
- Has their comfort with math changed as a result of the program?
- What about their attitude toward math and their confidence in their mathematical abilities?
- Use student results to refine your goals and incentives.
- Do you see a correlation between skill mastery and student success?
- Do you see an effect on longitudinal metrics (e.g., retention rates, likelihood of taking an upper-division math course, usage of Khan Academy for other classes)?