Summer Workshops for First Year Binghamton University Students.
Binghamton will offer free, zerocredit workshops in Math, Chemistry, and Writing to help first year students prepare for Fall courses. Workshops include:
 The Mathematics Needed for Calculus Workshop
 Basic Chemistry Workshop
 College Writing Workshop
Workshop descriptions & section times
 The Mathematics Needed for Calculus Workshop
Calculus, like most of mathematics, is a cumulative discipline; each new idea depends on a thorough understanding of the preceding material. This is true throughout the calculus sequence, including the very beginning: Students who do not have a solid background in algebra and trigonometry will have difficulty when taking calculus. This course will give you that solid precalculus background needed to be successful in calculus. Specifically, it will prepare you to take Math 224 and Math 220. The topics covered in the course include algebra, inequalities with absolute values, second degree polynomials & its graphs, circle equation, composite functions, rational functions, trigonometric functions, inverse trigonometric functions, exponential & logarithmic functions, division of polynomials & factoring, and problem solving.
Successful completion of the course will serve as a substitution for a passing grade in the calculus placement exam. A grade of a “B” or better will allow you to take Math 224 or Math 220. A grade of “C“ or better will allow you to take Math 223.
All sections will run online for 3 weeks, from 7/25 – 8/12:
 FYWMATH 01  Mathematics Needed for Calculus  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  9am  11am
 FYWMATH 02  Mathematics Needed for Calculus  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  10:30am  12:30pm
 FYWMATH 03  Mathematics Needed for Calculus  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  1pm  3pm
 FYWMATH 04  Mathematics Needed for Calculus  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  3:30pm  5:30pm
 FYWMATH 05  Mathematics Needed for Calculus  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  10:30am  12:30pm
 Basic Chemistry Workshop
The Basic Chemistry Workshop is an overview of the basic concepts of chemistry to provide a foundation for future studies in chemistry. It also develops skills in problem solving. It does not fulfill any allcollege requirements in Science or Math.
The goal of the workshop is to prepare students for a rigorous General Chemistry course in the fall semester.
The workshop is designed by our General Chemistry Team and will be facilitated by Dr. Murphy, an experienced Binghamton University General Chemistry instructor, and the Chemistry Instructional team.
FORMAT: Online Lectures, assessments and discussions – all required.
Cost and Required Material: The workshop will be offered at no cost to students. The student must have a computer with a highspeed internet connection and a calculator. Access to our educational platforms (Brightspace and LONCAPA) will be provided.
All sections will run online for 3 weeks, from 7/25 – 8/12:

FYWCHEM 01 Chemistry Basic Workshop (Discussion)  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  8am  10am

FYWCHEM 02  Chemistry Basic Workshop (Discussion)  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  10:30am  12:30pm

FYWCHEM 03  Chemistry Basic Workshop (Discussion)  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  1pm  3pm

FYWCHEM 04  Chemistry Basic Workshop (Discussion)  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  3:30pm  5:30pm

FYWCHEM 05  Chemistry Basic Workshop (Discussion)  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  7pm  9pm
Chemistry PreTest
General Chemistry is required for all prehealth students and most of the science majors. High school chemistry is a prerequisite for all our General Chemistry courses (CHEM 104, 107 and 111). Our data show that students with inadequate high school chemistry background struggle in these courses and the repercussions are felt not just in the chemistry course, but in other courses that are also taken that semester.
The Chemistry pretest is designed to identify students with a weak high school chemistry background. Students with a poor performance in the test will be required to participate in a threeweek “Basic Chemistry Workshop”. Another option to make up this deficiency is to take our Basic Chemistry Course (CHEM 100) offered in the summer and fall semesters. Our experience shows that students that address their background shortcomings by taking the Basic Chemistry Course have a much better chance of success in CHEM 104, 107 and 111.

 College Writing Workshop
Our educational institutions have been disrupted by the COVID19 pandemic the past two years. To address some of the struggles our students have experienced, this online, synchronous workshop is designed to prepare students both academically and socially for postsecondary education.
Students interested in honing their writing and critical thinking skills before the start of the semester will get the opportunity to spend two weeks in small Zoom classes of 20 or less students, working closely with their instructor and peers. In the workshop, students will develop close reading and analytic skills while reviewing research and writing techniques.
These sessions will prepare students for the rigors of expository, researchbased writing by helping them achieve the following outcomes:
 Students will demonstrate advanced interpersonal and academic language proficiency that will enable them to succeed in a university setting.
 Students will display emerging cultural intelligence while discussing contemporary crosscultural situations and researchbased issues.
 Students will exhibit awareness of the relation of one’s writing practices and coursework to other academic, professional, and lived contexts.
 Students will evaluate, synthesize, and manage information from or in a variety of media.
 Students will participate in discussions by listening to others’ perspectives, asking productive questions, and articulating ideas with nuance and clarity.
Through readings of diverse fiction and nonfiction texts, we will also discuss themes associated with the transition to higher education so that students feel connected to our campus community. The workshop will enhance the skills and motivation of firstyear students to ease their transition to college life and provide them with the writing skills they need to succeed at Binghamton University.
All sections will run for two weeks, from 8/04 – 8/17:

FYWWRIT 01  College Writing Workshop  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  8am  9:30am (Nic Kanaar)

FYWWRIT 02 College Writing Workshop  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  10:30am  12pm (Christina Litchfield)

FYWWRIT 03  College Writing Workshop  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  1pm  2:30pm (Sarah Bull)

FYWWRIT 04  College Writing Workshop  20 seats  (M, T, W, R, F)  7pm  8:30pm (Zachary Bardou)
Frequently Asked Questions
 Why is Binghamton offering these Workshops?
 Why should I take these?
 What are the requirements for registering?
 When do the Workshops take place?
 Where will the Workshops meet?
 What do the Workshops cost?
 Will I get credit for the Workshops?
 Can I take more than one Workshop?
 When should I take the Math or Chemistry placement exams?
 When are the placement exams offered?
 How do I register for a Workshop?
 Having trouble registering or have any questions?
1. Why is Binghamton offering these Workshops?
First year students arriving at Binghamton in Fall 2022 will have completed high school under extraordinarily challenging circumstances. Anticipating the possibility students’ preparation in some areas may be uneven, Binghamton will offer First Year Summer Workshops in Math, Chemistry, and Writing. The workshops are aimed both at developing students’ skills to place them in appropriate classes in the Fall semester, and to begin developing support through smallgroup interactions with other students and instructors.
2. Why should I take these?
 Math – The Mathematics Needed for Calculus Workshop will prepare students for calculus and precalculus courses including MATH 220 and 224. Students who do poorly on the Math placement exam can place into those courses by passing the Workshop.
 Chemistry – The Basic Chemistry Workshop is recommended for students interested in general chemistry courses like CHEM 104, 107, and 111. Students who do poorly on the Chemistry placement exam can take this workshop to work on basic concepts of chemistry, and to develop their problemsolving skills.
 Writing – The College Writing Workshop is open to first year students who want to develop and advance their reading and writing skills. The workshop will teach research and writing strategies important for success in college courses, and will enhance the skills and motivation of firstyear students to ease their transition to college life and provide them with the writing skills they need to succeed at Binghamton University.
3. What are the requirements for registering?
The Workshops are open to firstyear Binghamton students.
 Math – Students must take the Math placement test to qualify for the Math Workshop. The
exam has 33 points:
 Students scoring 26 or better do not need the Workshop, and place into Math 220 or Math 224 already.
 Students scoring between 15 and 25 should register for the Workshop.
 Students scoring below 15 should register for Math 108 in the Fall semester.
 Chemistry – Students must take the chemistry placement test to qualify for the Basic Chemistry Workshop. Students scoring below 50% on the placement test should take the Basic Chemistry Workshop.
 Writing – Any firstyear student who wants to prepare for collegelevel writing may register for the College Writing Workshop.
4. When do the Workshops take place?
All workshops meet daily (sections are available at a wide range of times):
 Math Needed for Calculus: July 25  August 12
 Basic Chemistry: July 25  August 12
 College Writing: August 4  August 17
5. Where will the Workshops meet?
Workshops are online, conducted via zoom and Brightspace – sections are synchronous, though some will also provide asynchronous material.
6. What do the Workshops cost?
The workshops are free for first year Binghamton students. Some workshops may require textbooks, though usually those books are the same ones students will use in Fall classes.
7. Will I get credit for the Workshops?
Summer First Year Workshops are zerocredit, and will not count in students’ GPAs. Completion of the workshops will be noted on a students transcript. Students may opt to have the notation removed if desired.
8. Can I take more than one Workshop?
Yes, but be mindful that the Workshops meet daily and are intensive. Talk this over with your Academic Advisor.
9. When should I take the Math or Chemistry placement exams?
Early! Students interested in Workshops should take placement exams as early in the summer as possible to leave time for registration for the Workshops and to work with Academic Advising. The Math and Chemistry placement exams are offered through late June and July at multiple times.
10. When are the placement exams offered?
 Math – Placement exam dates and more information are here
 Chemistry – Placement exam dates and more information are here
11. How do I register for a Workshop?
To register, complete the registration form here  remember, you must take the placement exams first in order to register for Math or Chemistry Workshops. Students can register for the College Writing Workshop now!
 To register, please make sure you're logged in to your Binghamton University email account.
 For Math and Chemistry, after taking the placement exams students will receive their scores and more information about registration.
 Workshop are open to all students, but seats will be prioritized for students who do not meet the placement test threshold scores.
12. Having trouble registering or have any questions?
Have questions about the Summer First Year Workshops? Having trouble registering? Contact us here.