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College Achievement Program (CAP)

Introduction: The objective of this non-credit, eight-week program is to help students make a successful transition from high school to college. Participants in CAP meet once a week for a 75 minute workshop. The program is tailored to the freshman curriculum and provides students with the opportunity to develop and strengthen the academic skills essential for success in college.

What is covered: Inspired by the well-known textbook Becoming a Master Student, by Dave Ellis, now in its 14th edition, the CAP program includes lessons in the following: time management, organization, study skills, reading and note taking, attending lectures, communication, participating in seminar, preparing for mid-term and final exams, and critical thinking. In addition, through learning style and study skills inventories, students discover their academic strengths and develop strategies to work more efficiently and productively.

How it works: Participants in the program are introduced to strategies for efficient and effective learning. Skills and habits are developed through application to actual class materials, such as lecture notes and readings from texts. Individual assistance is also available, as needed, from the program instructor.

Who should register: College Achievement Program participants are expected to attend scheduled workshops and to engage in exercises and activities. In addition, the maturity and willingness to self-reflect and participate meaningfully, a serious commitment to growth and self-development, and an earnest desire to learn are prerequisites for this program.

To register: Enrollment is limited. Please complete the CAP Registration Form (Word/18KB). Registrations will be accepted up until August 21, 2016. Once maximum enrollment is reached, students interested in registering will be placed on a waiting list and notified as openings become available. Registered students will be placed in a workshop section compatible with their class schedules and will be notified by email of the day and time of their CAP section. Workshop sections will not conflict with Fall Sports as weekly sessions are held in the mornings and early afternoons. Workshop sections will begin the first week of the fall semester. Each section meets for 75 minutes per week for eight weeks.

Materials Charge: There is a materials fee of $225.00 for CAP (billed to student's account), which covers: Becoming a Master Student textbook, note pads, three ring binders with dividers, multi-color pens, and other essential supplies.

For more information:  Contact Kenneth Walker, Director of the Academic Resource Center, at (603) 641-7193 or

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