AN EARLY START TO SUCCESS
About the Program
Quantitative Buildup for Incoming Tigers (QBIT) is a flexible, entirely online summer program that provides a small cohort of incoming first-year students with the special opportunity to prepare for mathematical work at Trinity. It also connects them with a mentor and supportive group of peers before they even step foot on campus for their first semester.
What You’ll Learn
QBIT covers the mathematical topics that are on Trinity’s mathematics placement exam (for Calculus I) in addition to quantitative concepts and skills that you will utilize across many disciplines in Trinity’s curriculum—from economics to chemistry.
The program will also introduce you to academic rigor and methods of quantitative study in college to prepare you to succeed in your first-year courses.
Learning Tools and Assessments
Online Learning Resources
As a participant, you will receive access to a wealth of online content, including:
- Real-time discussions with other incoming students
- Mentoring from current Trinity students who serve as QBIT mentors
- A variety of problem sets, quizzes and other assessments to help them enhance their transition to Trinity in the fall
QBIT does not count for university credit. The program allows students to chart their progress in a risk-free, learning-oriented environment by collecting badges for various accomplishments. Performance on the quizzes and problem sets will have no impact on your academic standing at Trinity; they serve purely to evaluate and improve your preparation for the for-credit courses they will take in the fall.
Before the Program
During the week leading up to the launch of QBIT, participants will log into the QBIT platform, take an initial skills assessment, and meet their mentor and small-group members to discuss the program.
Login information and the specific times for initial group conversations will be sent out in early June.
During the Program
QBIT includes both synchronous and asynchronous elements. Content videos and modules will be available for consumption at your own pace. Pre-arranged, real-time Zoom discussions with mentors and other students will supplement the individual components.
You and your teammates will be responsible for creating your own meeting schedule and team culture. You can communicate whenever and as frequently as the group decides.
Sample Weekly Activities
Every module in QBIT will be different, depending on the content taught. In general, you should expect to do the following over the course of each week:
- Watch short, content-based videos created by Professor Jim Rolf at the University of Virginia (a QBIT partner school)
- Complete short quizzes/problem sets to assess your understanding of the videos
- Discuss concepts with your peers
- Communicate with your mentors one-on-one (as needed)
- Work on challenging problems involving math in physics, economics, biology, chemistry, etc. with your peers and mentor
QBIT is not only an academic program, but also a social one! Mentors will host group meetings where participants can interact with them and their fellow peers online before getting to campus. Participants are free to ask mentors all their burning questions!