2020 Summer Experience
For College-Bound Graduates and Rising High School Seniors With Language-Based Learning Disabilities
Offered by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s acclaimed Regional Center for Learning Disabilities, with 30 years of experience helping students succeed in college-level studies. This non-residential program prepares recent high school graduates and rising seniors for the challenges of college-level coursework. It gives them the opportunity to immerse themselves in a college learning environment while developing their study, assistive technology and self-advocacy skills.
Summer Experience Activities
Students participate in hands-on learning activities designed to help them:
- Develop a better understanding of their learning strengths and weaknesses
- Build stronger self-advocacy skills
- Enhance their time management and organizational skills
- Learn how to study more effectively and efficiently
The morning track includes academic instruction in:
- Learning strategies based on understanding individual learning styles;
- Time management and organizational skills;
- Technology resources to help enhance learning based on a student’s individual learning differences
- Career exploration
- Writing instruction, including brainstorming; outlining techniques and narrowing topics; identifying elements of an essay; revising and proofreading; and learning Modern Language Association (MLA) and American Psychological Association (APA) style formats used in college
- College essay preparation (if needed)
1:30 PM to 3 PM
Students who participate in the afternoon session choose from one of the following areas of focus:
- The Math Workshop includes direct, small group developmental instruction, enhanced with computer-based math activities.
- The Reading Workshop incorporates direct, small group Orton Gillingham-based instruction, enhanced with computer-based reading activities.
Visit the Regional Center website and click on the link for Summer Experience to download an application. Applicants must also provide proof of a language-based learning disability, and two letters of recommendation from a teacher and guidance counselor who can attest to their motivation, attitude and behavior.