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.
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What You’ll Learn
 

 
QBIT Topics

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:

  • Videos
  • 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
Assessments

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.


Program Structure
 

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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.

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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.

 

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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

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Social Components

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!

 


Program Details

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Contact

For more information about QBIT, please contact Dr. Luke Tunstall, Director of the Quantitative Reasoning and Skills (QRS) Center, at Luke.Tunstall@trinity.edu.