AN EARLY START TO SUCCESS
About the Program
This invitation-based program is designed for incoming students who have expressed interest in STEM programs reliant on quantitative reasoning skills and who desire to grow those skills before beginning coursework in the fall.
Through a two-week session before New Student Orientation and weekly support discussions early in the fall semester, students develop a network of peers and a foundation for success in first-year quantitative STEM courses.
What You’ll Learn
Summer Bridge Math Topics
By participating in Bridge Math, you will learn strategies for success from Trinity faculty, students, and support staff, as well as:
- Develop comfort with computation
- Review the math skills that are used most often in STEM and other quantitative reasoning classes and that will serve as the foundation for an introduction to calculus
- Learn to approach problems in a rigorous and analytical manner
- Begin to make connections with faculty, staff, and peers to support you during your first semesters at Trinity
Mathematical topics covered will include essential quantitative reasoning skills for first-year STEM coursework, such as:
- Core skills in algebra and trigonometry
- Dimensional analysis
- Proportional reasoning
You will attend workshops and seminars focused on starting your life at Trinity off strong. Topics covered include:
- Study strategies
- Transitioning to college life
- “Tech @ Trinity”
- Time and task management
- Library resources
- Navigating the Pathways curriculum
- Embracing diversity, inclusion, and community
- Mindfulness and wellness
You will also take part in some orientation and community building activities, including:
- A campus resources scavenger hunt
- Volunteering at the San Antonio Food Bank or other community service
- Getting your Tiger Card (student ID card)
During Summer Bridge Math
Once on campus, you will have Bridge Math class and workshops during the day, as well as homework and opportunities for socializing during the evenings. Though the program is rigorous, you will have resources and support for success, including time with faculty and access to peer coaches.
Example Daily Schedule
(subject to vary each day)
- Summer Bridge Workshops: 9 – 10:30 a.m.
- Math Class: 10:45 a.m. – noon
- Lunch: noon – 1 p.m.
- Math Class: 1 – 4 p.m.
- Dinner and evening study: 5 p.m. onwards
After Summer Bridge Math
Success and Support Meetings
From the beginning of the fall semester until late October, you will have a total of six weekly recitation sessions with your fellow peers, your Math Bridge instructors, and Academic Support staff. These meetings will address in-semester academic success strategies as well as provide just-in-time support for your quantitatively-demanding classes. In addition, you will receive invitations to special events during the fall and spring semesters.
Beyond these meetings, you may opt to have a former Bridge Math student as a peer mentor for the entire academic year.
Completing the Summer Bridge Math sessions plus the fall weekly recitation sessions will count as one credit hour towards your degree at Trinity.