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Summer Session for Visiting College Students

36 days to a new way of learning!

Saturday, July 8 - Saturday August 12, 2017 (Last day of class is Friday, August 11)
Cost: $7,500  (includes double occupancy residence hall room, all meals, and most activities)
Optional physical education courses are offered at $250 each

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 farther and farther behind?

The Summer Session for Visiting College Students 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 an entirely new living and learning experience, joining a college community unlike any other you have ever experienced:

  • Study with other bright and talented students who also learn differently—students from a variety of colleges and universities around the country, as well as Landmark College's own students, who will share their experiences and learning strategies as fellow classmates in credit courses.
  • Learn from professors who truly understand the challenges and frustrations you encounter in the classroom—and who can help you discover new learning strategies to succeed.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of your learning differences and personal learning style.
  • Learn to advocate for your needs as a learner.
  • Build your comprehension, writing, and executive function skills so you can return to school next fall with the skills you need to succeed.

Download the 2016 Application and Brochure.  2017 Applications will be available in December.
If you would like to receive further information, please provide your contact information.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for the Summer Session for Visiting College Students and eligibility is based primarily on financial need. Students must be accepted to the program before receiving an award. Further financial aid information will be available in December.  Check here for updates.

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 Landmark. Staffed by College faculty, it offers support in reading, writing, study skills and coursework.
  • Support from our experienced librarians and assistive and educational technology staff

Summer in Putney, Vermont

The Summer Session for Visiting College Students 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 taking college courses. Program staff are primarily members of the Landmark College faculty.

Download the 2016 Application and Brochure. 2017 Application will be available in December.

Bridge Semester

Landmark College also offers a fall or spring Bridge Semester 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.

Students electing Track A will take the required non-credit Narrowing the Gap class 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

Through a structured and supportive seminar, taught by experienced Landmark faculty, this course will introduce you to a host of proven strategies and resources for improving your executive functioning, working memory, study skills and ability to meet commitments, as well as helping you to become your own best self-advocate. The end goal is for each student to have identified specific, individualized strategies that you plan to implement to enhance your success upon return to college in the fall. The instructor of this course will serve as the student's acadecmic advisor for the duration of the summer session.

CHOOSE ONE:
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. 

Estabilishing an Effective Writing Process: Improving Your Academic Funtioning
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 of writing skills. 

Students in Track B will take the required non-credit Narrowing the Gap class and a credit elective. A list of credit electives will be available in December.  Below is a list of credit electives that have been offered in the past 

REQUIRED COURSE: 
Narrowing the Gap - Becoming a More Strategic College Student
Through a structured and supportive seminar, taught by experienced Landmark faculty, this course will introduce you to a host of proven strategies and resources for improving your executive functioning, working memory, study skills and ability to meet commitments, as well as helping you to become your own best self-advocate. The end goal is for each student to have identified specific, individualized strategies that you plan to implement to enhance your success upon return to college in the fall.

CREDIT ELECTIVES* - PAST CHOICES: (2017 Credit electives will be announced in December.)
Acting I

Journalism in the Digital Age

Introduction to Economics

Jane Austen in Print and Film

Western World Views

Statistics

Introduction to Biology: Cells and Organisms

Introduction to Communications

Creative Writing

Film Adaptations of Literature

Ethics

*Colleges don't always 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.

MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY

9 - 11:30 am  
In Class Session:  Narrowing the Gap OR Writing Course OR Credit Elective

11:30 am - 1:20 pm
Free Time (lunch, coursework, office hours, advisor meetings, etc)

1:30 - 4 pm  
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, begining at 4:30 pm, with some courses beginning at 7 pm 

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