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Summer Bridge Experience

36 days to a new way of learning!

2020 application coming soon! • 2020 Course Selection Form coming soon! • Download 2019 brochure here

Sunday, July 5 – Saturday August 8, 2020
Cost: $7,900, plus $125 refundable damage deposit (cost includes double occupancy residence hall room, all meals, and most activities)
Optional, 1-credit physical education courses are offered at an additional cost

Are you a bright and talented college student with a learning disability, ADHD, or ASD? Do you study and work hard—but your grades do not show it? Do you find yourself falling further and further behind?  This summer study with other bright and talented students who learn differently—students from a variety of colleges and universities around the country, as well as current Landmark College’ students, who will share their experiences and learning strategies as fellow classmates in credit courses.

Our Summer Bridge Experience features morning and afternoon classes, along with plenty of opportunities for fun activities, sports, recreation, and exploration of Vermont’s beautiful countryside. You will immerse yourself in a living and learning experience as part of a college community unlike any other!

What You Gain From a Summer at Landmark College:

Our years of experience with students who learn differently have shown that focusing, even for a short time, on how you learn can make a significant difference in your success in school.

We expect you to:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of your learning differences and personal learning style
  • Advocate for your needs as a learner
  • Build learning strategies in the academic areas most difficult for you
  • Develop study skills that produce results
  • Develop skills in emerging assistive technology to advance your learning abilities
  • Learn to use the support and expertise of kind and caring professors and advisors
  • Identify ways to become more strategic in your approach to college

Faculty Support:

In addition to your classes, you’ll also participate in:

  • Weekly small-group advising sessions with Landmark College faculty advisors to collaborate on identifying and using resources of time management, organization, and work completion
  • One-on-one meetings with your faculty advisor to work on your areas of need
  • Visits to the College’s Center for Academic Support, a real hub in the learning process at LC. Staffed by College faculty, it offers support in reading, writing, study skills, and coursework
  • Support from our experienced librarians and educational technology staff

Summer in Putney, Vermont

The Summer Bridge Experience is offered on Landmark College’s rural campus in picturesque southern Vermont. The town of Putney is located just nine miles from historic Brattleboro, named one of the “Top 10 Small Art Towns in America.” Participants join current Landmark College students who will be taking college courses.

Financial Aid:

Financial aid is available and awarded upon acceptance. Financial aid applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis - please apply early

Bridge Semester

Landmark College also offers a fall or spring Bridge Experience for visiting students. Spending a semester at Landmark College gives students a boost to their learning strategies, skills, and self-knowledge, acting as a bridge to success when they return to their home college or transfer to another institution.

Track A—Developmental Track

Students electing Track A will take the required, Narrowing the Gap course and a writing class (described below). Students also have the option to take a single credit physical education elective.

REQUIRED COURSE:
Narrowing the Gap—Becoming A More Strategic College Student
This required, non-credit course is the key to Landmark College’s summer program, teaching  students how to function better in school and improve everyday self-management. Through this structured, stimulating, and supportive course, you will learn strategies and resources for improving your executive function, working memory, study skills, and ability to meet commitments. You will become a self-advocate in identifying and experimenting with the kinds of support you need for success. The instructor for this course will serve the as the student’s academic advisor for the duration of the five-week program.

Students will choose one developmental writing course:
Structure, Style, and Strategies—Demystifying Academic Writing
This course examines in detail the various factors that may have caused students to struggle with college writing, while taking a highly individual approach to the development of self-understanding and effective strategy use. Because most students in the course have had the experience of being diagnosed or labeled with some type of learning difference, the course uses self-understanding of learning differences and your social context as a focus for writing assignments. Students are expected to complete regular writing assignments inside and out of class to improve fluency, to engage in a variety of strategies for planning, generating, and organizing papers, and to complete several papers.

Establishing an Effective Writing Process—Improving Your Academic Functioning
In this course, students will learn and practice approaches to managing college writing assignments by generating daily writing and learning how to improve executive function. Included is the examination of various genres of writing. Students can elect to take this course for credit, and are required to submit a completed e-Folio of writing assignments demonstrating proficiency in writing skills.

Track B—Combined Developmental and Credit Track;

Students in Track B will take the required non-credit Narrowing the Gap class and their choice of a single credit elective course from the list below.

REQUIRED COURSE for all visiting college students:
Narrowing the Gap—Becoming A More Strategic College Student
This required, non-credit course is the key to Landmark College’s summer program, teaching visiting college students how to function better in school and improve everyday self-management. Through this structured, stimulating, and supportive course, you will learn strategies and resources for improving your executive function, working memory, study skills, and ability to meet commitments. You will become a self-advocate in identifying and experimenting with the kinds of support you need for success. The instructor for this course will serve as the student’s academic advisor for the duration of the five-week program.

Coming Soon -2020 CREDIT ELECTIVES with DESCRIPTIONS
All colleges don’t accept all transfer credits. Students intending to transfer credits back to their home institution are encouraged to identify the most suitable course with their home institution. Prerequisites may apply and your choice may be subject to approval. Landmark College strives to provide you with the courses you choose. However, enrollment is limited to 15 students per class to ensure a highly personalized learning experience. For this reason, classes are assigned on a first come, first come basis, based on date of deposit. Students choosing to enroll in Track B only, please indicate your top four elective choices, with #1 being your first choice.

Basic Daily Schedule, Monday through Friday

9 – 11:30 a.m.
In Class Session: Narrowing the Gap, OR Writing Course, OR Credit Elective

11:30 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
Free Time (lunch, coursework, office hours, advisor meetings, etc.)

1:30 – 4 p.m.
In Class Session: Narrowing the Gap, OR Writing Course, OR Credit Elective

Afternoon & Evening
Optional PE courses meet twice a week for one hour and 15 minutes. Classes meet at various times, beginning at 4:30 p.m., with some courses beginning at 7 p.m.

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