Preparing Freshmen for University Studies

The Importance of Helping Freshmen Survive Their First Year of Study:

In many countries, diversification of the student population – including students from socio-culturally disadvantaged groups -  is an important objective. Unfortunately, many of these students are ill prepared for their first year of study and either withdraw or are forced to leave due to academic failure.

Two major factors contribute to this state of affairs: 1) Disadvantaged students generally do not receive systematic instruction in learning and thinking skills over the course of their education and 2) some demonstrate a learning style which is incompatible with the intensity required for  university level study. Thus, it is important to provide freshmen students with the critical learning skills essential to their academic survival.


To identify the cognitive and learning needs of university and college freshmen at-risk of academic failure, and provide them with specific cognitive intervention targeted at preventing their dropping-out. 

Target Groups:   

University and college freshmen at-risk of academic failure.

Program Elements:

  • Group Learning Potential (LPAD) assessments (20 students) aimed at identifying cognitive and learning needs.
  • Preparation of individual LPAD reports submitted to students and (with their permission) to relevant faculty members.
  • Personal feedback for each student.
  • Preparation of cognitive intervention program based on Feuerstein Instrumental Enrichment program and its “bridging” to relevant curricular subjects.
  • Implementation of an intervention program.
  • Individual counseling for students.
  • Cognitive awareness sessions for teaching faculty.

Time Frame:

  • The entire program is carried out for about 19 weeks (for a group of 20 students).
  • Group LPAD assessment, report writing, and personal feedback to students: 4 weeks.
  • Intervention program : 4 academic hours per week for a period of 15 weeks (60 hours).
  • Individual counseling to students:  2 hours per student x 20 = 40 hours.
  • Cognitive awareness sessions for teaching faculty: 2 sessions x 3 hours = 6 hours.

For additional information or to register, contact Moshe Ben-Porath.

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