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Program Overview


About

The Bounce Back program is coordinated by Student Academic Success Services (SASS) in partnership with:

The program matches first-year students with trained upper-year student facilitators who work one-on-one with participants to help them address the issues that have led to their academic difficulties in the first term. The facilitators work with participants to set goals for second term and develop strategies to help them achieve those goals. The program takes a holistic approach to student success.

The program focuses primarily on effective learning strategies (i.e. time management, essay and exam preparation, etc...) but is also attentive to other factors that can pose difficulties to first-year students (i.e. social adjustment, stress, mental health, etc...). 


Eligibility and Intake

Fall Term

Intake emails will be sent to all eligible students starting in the third week of October.

  • Commerce, Engineering and Nursing
    • Eligibility: 1+ failed midterm(s); referral by an academic advisor or outreach counselor

Winter Term

Intake emails will be sent to all eligible students starting in the third week of January.

  • Arts and Science
    • Eligibility: Unofficial GPA below 1.6
  • Commerce
    • Eligibility: GPA below 2.0, 1+ failed courses, and/or referral by an academic advisor or outreach counselor
  • Engineering
    • Eligibility: GPA below 1.6; Section-900 (J-Section) students and/or referral by an academic advisor or outreach counselor
  • Nursing
    • Eligibility: GPA below 1.6, 1+ failed course(s) and/or referral by an academic advisor or outreach counselor

This program is largely modeled off the highly successful Bounce Back program at the University of Guelph and we would like to acknowledge the resources and support provided by their Bounce Back team in the development of this program in its pilot year (2013).


How does the program work? 

  1. Check your Queen's email for an invitation from the Bounce Back Program Coordinator.
  2. Follow the instructions in the email and complete the short online self-assessment form.
  3. Your Mentor will then contact you by email to set-up your first meeting.
  4. Connect with your Mentor throughout the winter term.
  5. Keep track of your progress and work towards your goals.
  6. Achieve success!

What does a Mentor do?

Mentors will help you

  • reflect on your first semester to help you figure out where you went wrong
  • help you to find more time in your week
  • figure out how to balance your academics, social life and extracurricular activities
  • set goals and help you work towards those goals
  • get better marks
  • increase your confidence to write exams and papers (and who doesn't want to feel more confident?)
  • feel better about your time at Queen's

Mentors do not provide

  • counselling services
  • subject-specific tutoring

Questions

If you still have questions or would like to meet with the Program Coordinator to learn more before opting in to the program, email bouncebk@queensu.ca We're here to help!