To prepare for the in-person program, all Math Bridge students are required to participate in an online experience, Quantitative Buildup for Incoming Tigers (QBIT). QBIT allows students to review pre-calculus skills and prepare for Bridge without leaving their homes or giving up valuable summer jobs, research opportunities, athletic competitions, or other pursuits. QBIT will start with introductions and an initial skills assessment in the week of June 15, then begin with content in the week of June 22. We will wrap things up by July 26. Students can expect to devote between 6 and 10 hours a week to QBIT while it is underway. More information about the program is available in the document linked here. In early June, students will receive an email with more information about getting started in QBIT.
Though the schedule will vary to some degree, a typical day for Summer Bridge Math students will look like the following:
|9 - 10:30 a.m.||Summer Bridge|
|10:45 a.m. - Noon||Math Class|
|Noon - 1 p.m.||Lunch|
|1 - 4 p.m.||Math Class|
|5 p.m. - after||Dinner and evening study|
Note that the first half of most mornings of Summer Bridge will be focused on making a successful transition to college and understanding what is expected of you as a member of the academic community. You will learn strategies for success from members of the Trinity community including current students and support staff. Topics for this year's Bridge students will be selected from: preparation for STEM studies, tech @ Trinity, time management and study strategies, library resources, navigating the Pathways curriculum, embracing diversity and inclusion, wellness, and mindfulness strategies.
Additionally, all students will participate in a campus resources scavenger hunt and a morning of service at the San Antonio Food Bank, among other activities.
Building from the pre-calculus review of QBIT, Summer Bridge Math is meant to be intensive. Students should expect in-class work as well as evening homework assignments. With that said, we will provide you with resources to succeed, including time with faculty and access to peer coaches. Topics covered during the math sessions will include essential quantitative reasoning skills utilized across first-year coursework in STEM, such as dimensional analysis, proportional reasoning, vectors, logic, and the beginnings of calculus.
Once the fall semester begins, Math Bridge students will meet weekly until late September with the Math Bridge instructors for one-hour recitation sessions to help with math-related challenges that may arise. Bridge students will also have access to special events during the academic year. Completing this program—the Summer Bridge Math sessions and the fall weekly recitation sessions—will result in one credit hour toward your degree at Trinity.