Landmark College's Transition Workshop at Winston Preparatory School in Connecticut introduces skills and strategies that will allow students to effectively manage the demands of in college-level work and better meet academic expectations.
Participants will be encouraged to:
- Create a plan of action to support their transition to college
- Discover strategies for working with the different types of teaching styles and formats they will experience in college
- Become familiar with the requirements for academic writing, including structure and organization, diction, source citation, and mechanics
- Practice process strategies for approaching academic writing tasks
- Review and practice the study skills essential for success in introductory college courses, including note-taking, active reading, test preparation, and time-management
- Explore the nature of learning disabilities in general, including the neurological basis of learning disabilities and ADHD, and the public laws that cover learning disabilities at the postsecondary level
- Discover personal learning strengths and difficulties as the basis for strategy development, self-advocacy, and the use of college resources
This course covers two weeks of a typical, introductory college course in communication. It is meant to introduce students to the challenges of lecture-style teaching, a college-level reading load, writing a research paper, and taking a unit exam. The core lecture also provides the opportunity for students to prepare for, and take, a unit exam, followed by an analysis of their performance to identify areas of strength and relative weakness. This class is linked directly to the course in reading and study skills and the supplemental workshop offerings.
Reading and Study Skills Seminar
This course uses both non-technology and technology-oriented approaches to teach students the study skills and strategies required in college—organization, active reading, note-taking, and test preparation—and includes a post-test analysis of performance on the College Lecture course unit exam to help students identify essential strategies for future college work. The course instructor functions as a type of academic advisor, working closely with each student to help them develop a plan on how to transfer the skills learned in this course to other types of courses and learning environments the student may encounter in their future endeavors.
College Writing Seminar
The expectations of college level writing are very different than in a high school setting. This seminar reviews some of the key differences and helps students to move from summarizing a reading assignment to identifying key points and analyzing them further. Other college writing basics, such as writing drafts, using sources appropriately, and writing succinctly, are also covered.
Students participate in a series of workshops designed to encourage development of self-understanding and self-advocacy. They include sessions introducing students to learning disabilities, assistive technology, researching information and writing a research paper, the neurological basis of learning differences such as ADHD, laws related to LD and ADHD in college settings, adjusting to college, lifestyle choices, medication, health, and leisure time.
Structured Resource-Access Time
One-on-one time with workshop instructors to practice accessing, utilizing, and self-advocating with course professors.