Stepping Stones

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These summer academic skills workshops help new first year and transfer students prepare for the college classroom and curriculum.

You will work with faculty and staff in sessions focused on college algebra, academic writing and research, and/or general academic success skills.

Our goal is to prepare you to hit the ground running at the start of the semester, prepare for the academic rigor, transitional differences and course content to succeed academically and socially.

Program Cost

  • If registering for an individual workshop, cost is $50 per workshop
  • If registering for all three workshops, total cost is $100
  • If you have a financial need, please contact the Office of Student Development & involvement for information about applying for a grant to cover the cost of the workshop.

For admitted UNH Manchester associate degree students, a scholarship of up to $2,000 available for your first two years at UNH Manchester by participating in Stepping Stones.  Contact the Office of Student Development & involvement for information. 

Registration Details

We accept registrations until workshops begin, but space is limited. 

Register by August 1 to reserve your spot.

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Stepping Stones Workshops

This workshop will provides the foundations for student success at a four-year institution and seeks to unlock student potential. This workshop will give you a detailed road map of how to be successful week after week. This 6 hour workshop connects new students to campus resources and peer mentors.

Topics include:
  • Organization skills for college
  • Balancing college course work, personal relationships, and jobs
  • Memory and learning styles
  • Strategies for enhanced study skills
  • Using resources on campus and seeking support

Students taking this workshop enter their first semester with a team of students committed to achieving academic success. While the workshop lasts just six hours, the College Success cohort of students will be offered additional opportunities throughout the first semester to put theory into practice. This will include group lunch discussions and personal one-on-one coaching with an Academic Coach or current student leader.

Dates and Times: Friday, August 19 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Lunch will be provided from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.

Any high school graduates without previous college experience are encouraged to attend.

This four day non-credit bearing course puts forward key concepts to help students understand basic mathematical topics at a deeper level.

This workshop is geared toward students who have either been away from school and would like a mathematics refresher or are recent high school graduates who need additional mathematics support prior to the fall semester. Topics include arithmetic of fractions, rules for exponents, and algebra. We will cover common mistakes students make and how to avoid them.

Dates and Times: Monday - Thursday, August 15-18 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Academic Reading, Writing, and Research is designed to strengthen students’ skills through targeted practice. The following areas will be emphasized:

  • active reading
  • note taking and summarizing
  • responding to writing situations at the university from email to research writing
  • becoming familiar with resources for research and documentation as well as technologies available

The workshop will end with formulating a plan tailored to you for success in these areas. This workshop may provide either a review or a step - up to meet the challenge of reading and writing in university courses.

Dates and Times: Monday - Thursday, August 15-18 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.