First Year Workshops (Summer)

Summer Workshops for First Year Binghamton University Students. 

Binghamton will offer free, zero-credit 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:

    • FYW-MATH 01 - Mathematics Needed for Calculus - 20 seats - (M, T, W, R, F) - 9am - 11am
    • FYW-MATH 02 - Mathematics Needed for Calculus - 20 seats - (M, T, W, R, F) - 10:30am - 12:30pm
    • FYW-MATH 03 - Mathematics Needed for Calculus - 20 seats - (M, T, W, R, F) - 1pm - 3pm
    • FYW-MATH 04 - Mathematics Needed for Calculus - 20 seats - (M, T, W, R, F) - 3:30pm - 5:30pm
    • FYW-MATH 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 all-college 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 high-speed internet connection and a calculator. Access to our educational platforms (Brightspace and LON-CAPA) will be provided.

    All sections will run online for 3 weeks, from 7/25 – 8/12:

    • FYW-CHEM 01- Chemistry Basic Workshop (Discussion) - 20 seats - (M, T, W, R, F) - 8am - 10am

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

    • FYW-CHEM 03 - Chemistry Basic Workshop (Discussion) - 20 seats - (M, T, W, R, F) - 1pm - 3pm    

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

    • FYW-CHEM 05 - Chemistry Basic Workshop (Discussion) - 20 seats - (M, T, W, R, F) - 7pm - 9pm   

    Chemistry Pre-Test

    General Chemistry is required for all pre-health students and most of the science majors. High school chemistry is a pre-requisite 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 pre-test 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 three-week “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.

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  • College Writing Workshop 

    Our educational institutions have been disrupted by the COVID-19 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, research-based 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 cross-cultural situations and research-based 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 first-year 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:

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

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

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

    • FYW-WRIT 04 - College Writing Workshop - 20 seats - (M, T, W, R, F) - 7pm - 8:30pm (Zachary Bardou)


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why is Binghamton offering these Workshops?
  2. Why should I take these?
  3. What are the requirements for registering?
  4. When do the Workshops take place?
  5. Where will the Workshops meet?
  6. What do the Workshops cost?
  7. Will I get credit for the Workshops?
  8. Can I take more than one Workshop?
  9. When should I take the Math or Chemistry placement exams?
  10. When are the placement exams offered?
  11. How do I register for a Workshop? 
  12. Who do I contact if I have 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 small-group 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 pre-calculus 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 problem-solving 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 first-year 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 first-year 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 first-year student who wants to prepare for college-level 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 zero-credit, and will not count in students’ GPAs.

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? 
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. Who do I contact if I have questions? 

Have questions about the Summer First Year Workshops? Contact us here.