ACCESS Program Student Orientation Revised 6/12/09 Welcome to ACCESS! “ACCESS” is Daytona State’s Academic Curriculum Component to Enhance Student Success ACCESS Isn’t for Everyone . . . If you are unable to register for classes due to three unsuccessful attempts to succeed in college-prep math, you may be referred to the ACCESS Program. ACCESS provides a valuable academic opportunity. When you successfully complete the ACCESS program, you may re-enroll in Daytona State classes for college credit. Introduction This brief orientation will illustrate how ACCESS works clarify what’s necessary for you to succeed in ACCESS ACCESS is Self-Paced You are responsible for your progress Successful completion of ACCESS will depend upon your efforts to understand math concepts regular Academic Support Center attendance determination to succeed Your Participation = Your Success This is an achievable goal . . . . You can do it! ACCESS Program Frequently Asked Questions ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Is there a fee for ACCESS? No! ACCESS is FREE Please note that you will not receive a course grade or credit But succeeding in ACCESS will prepare you for success in future courses by improving your math and study skills How will I Learn? You will use an interactive computer program, SkillsTutor, to target your problem areas Other resources (i.e., videos, other interactive computer programs, Websites, and textbooks) are also available for your use How long will it take me to finish? ACCESS should be completed over the course of one semester You will be required to show mastery of 10 (of 12 modules) to register for classes Your personal commitment to complete the modules prescribed for you will determine the actual length of time you spend in ACCESS Discuss any concerns about your progress with a math learning specialist or your advisor What if I feel I may have a math learning disability? Contact Student Disability Services for information about how to determine if you may have a disability that affects your potential to do well in math For an intake appointment, call ext. 3892 on the Daytona Campus, 2012 on the DeLand Campus, 4824 for the Flagler Campus, 7316 on the Deltona Campus, and 6307 on the New Smyrna Beach Campus. You may also reach Student Disability Services at http://www.daytonastate.edu/sds/ May I register for classes while enrolled in ACCESS? During your first semester in ACCESS, you may not register for classes. Instead, you will: Come to the Academic Support Center often Build a strong foundation in math Focus on achieving success in ACCESS What will happen if I stop coming to the Academic Support Center? A lack of participation and progress will result in your being dropped from the ACCESS Program Remember: regularly working in the Academic Support Center (at least three times each week) demonstrates your desire to succeed in ACCESS. Discuss any problems that may prevent your active participation with your counselor or a learning specialist. ACCESS Program Getting Started . . . Your First Steps . . . 1. View the Orientation PowerPoint 2. Complete an Application 3. Take a Diagnostic Test 4. Take the LASSI (Learning and Study Skills Inventory) 5. Begin your Modules Your Diagnostic Test Consists of 50 questions Takes about an hour to complete Identifies your areas of strength and weakness Determines what you will study After Your Diagnostic Test You will take the LASSI (Learning and Study Skills Inventory). What is the LASSI? An 80-item assessment designed to gauge your awareness and use of learning and study strategies How you learn and study significantly contributes to your success in college. These skills can be learned and enhanced, so you may receive assignments that will help remedy any deficiencies. After Your LASSI You will receive instructions on how to sign in and work with your modules Please take note of anything that is unclear in this orientation. When you’ve finished, a learning specialist will answer any questions you still may have about ACCESS and administer your diagnostic test. You’re now ready to begin! ACCESS Program Academic Components The ACCESS Modules You may need to complete up to 12 learning modules, assigned based on your diagnostic test results Each module covers a specific area of mathematics Your modules will focus on areas in need of improvement, as indicated by your diagnostic test Progress Checks When you have finished each module, you will complete a “progress check” consisting of 20 questions A math learning specialist will go over your completed progress checks with you, clarifying any areas of difficulty With a score of 80% or above, you can move on to the next module If you score below 80%, you will continue to work in that module on those topics you find unclear and re-take the progress check at a later date At the semester’s end . . . You will meet with your advisor. If you have demonstrated a mastery of at least 10 modules, you may continue in ACCESS and register for classes If you have not completed at least 10 modules, you will be dropped from ACCESS and may be referred for career counseling When you’ve completed your assigned modules . . . You will take a post-test, similar to your diagnostic test Your performance will give you an idea of how well you may perform on the CPT With a score of 80% on the post-test, you will receive authorization to take the CPT and meet with your advisor about your goal score If you score less than 80% on the Post Test . . . This reveals a need for further study. You will meet with your advisor You may continue in ACCESS and retake the post-test after reviewing your areas of weakness You may also register for classes After you take the CPT . . . Meeting with your advisor will determine whether you are ready to enroll in – intermediate algebra (MAT1033) or – college algebra (MAT1105) or – college math (MGF2106) for course credit You have successfully completed ACCESS when your CPT score falls within the range of MAT1033 or higher. If you do not score within the range of MAT1033 or higher . . . You will meet with your advisor and may continue in ACCESS only if – Your CPT score shows improvement in elementary algebra. If you do not meet this requirement, you will be dropped from ACCESS and referred for career counseling. Remember, you will succeed in the ACCESS Program through hard work and perseverance. You can do it! Personal Assistance with Math Your math learning specialists are among your most valuable learning resources. Remember to: introduce yourself and get to know various learning specialists let them know when you arrive ask for help when you need it If you need help . . . . . . . and learning specialists are with other students, don’t be discouraged. They will be happy to help you as soon as they can. Feel free to ask a staff member at the reception desk to call a learning specialist for you. Supplemental Materials The Academic Support Center has many helpful resources and may provide workshops on topics such as: math anxiety test anxiety math study skills and tips memory strategies how to be a great math student Other ASC Resources Math Handouts: numerous information sheets on various mathematics topics Math Website List: helpful handout listing free Websites you can access from any computer to build your math skills Your Keys to in ACCESS Actively participate: come to the Learning Center at least three times each week Don’t hesitate to ask for help if you need it Keep your notes organized and legible Use a variety of Academic Support Center resources Speak with your ACCESS coach, any other learning specialist, or your advisor if you begin to feel discouraged or have problems that may affect your attendance or progess And now for a brief review . . . Please take out a pen or pencil and paper and answer the following questions . . . . As an active ACCESS Program participant . . . . 1. How many times each week should you visit the Academic Support Center? 2. How many learning modules will you need to complete? 3. Who can assist you with your math? 4. What other learning resources are available? 5. What happens if you stop coming to the Academic Support Center? 6. What happens when you finish your learning modules? 7. What happens after you take the CPT? Check your answers . . . How many times each week should you visit the Academic Support Center? Answer: You are expected to actively participate in the ACCESS Program by coming to the Academic Support Center at least three times each week How many learning modules will you need to complete? Answer: Depending upon your diagnostic test score, you may be assigned as many as 12 learning modules Who can assist you with your math? Answer: The Academic Support Center’s math learning specialists are always available to assist you. Don’t hesitate to ask for help when you need it . . . . What learning resources are available to you? Answer: You will primarily use an interactive computer program, SkillsTutor, to target your problem areas Other resources (i.e., videos, other interactive computer programs, Websites, and textbooks) are also available for your use What happens if you stop coming to the Academic Support Center? Answer: A lack of active participation will result in your being dropped from the ACCESS program What happens when you finish your learning modules? Answer: 1) You will take the ACCESS post-test 2) Depending upon your score, you may receive authorization to take the CPT or continue to work with the modules to refresh your skills What happens after you take the CPT (College Placement Test)? Answer: You will meet with your advisor for a “post-CPT advisement session” to determine whether you are ready to enroll in intermediate algebra (MAT1033) or college algebra (MAT1105) or college math (MGF2106) to receive college credit You’re now ready to begin. Ask a learning specialist to get you started…. Aim to succeed – and you will.
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