Preparing to Study Science
There are several ways we help ease your transition to a rigorous course of study in the sciences. Even before you arrive on campus, you can access a variety of science review resources on a Web site for enrolled students, including math self-assessment tools, math practice problems, and study hints and tips from our science faculty members.
Before classes begin, you can participate in an optional math review session in the summer before the general chemistry course begins and again in the fall before the physics course begins. These sessions are taught by a member of our math faculty and are designed specifically for postbac students.
Once admitted to our program, we’ll make it easy for you to find housing in the many apartment complexes and other rental properties within walking distance of the College, which offer convenient access to everything you might need, from shops to the train station. Enrolled students may access a comprehensive housing section on our Web site that provides details on all the housing options in the area. You may also access an interactive Web site to get in touch with your classmates and find students to share your housing, if you are interested in roommates. In addition, a current postbac student who has gone through the housing search process serves as the housing coordinator for our program. She or he will assist you with your housing search and answer any questions you may have about relocating to Bryn Mawr to start the postbac program.
Becoming Part of Our Learning Community
Since its founding in 1885, Bryn Mawr College has maintained its character as a small learning community that fosters close working relationships among faculty and students. Our faculty of teacher/scholars emphasizes learning through conversation and collaboration, primary reading, original research, and experimentation. As a postbac student, you will be welcomed and supported by our learning community.
Our faculty members are dedicated to making the sciences accessible and relevant to your interests as a premedical student. They relish the opportunity to teach students who are intellectually curious, hardworking, and passionate about learning. Our faculty are readily available outside of class, as well, to help you with any questions or concerns you may have about your coursework. Many of our faculty members supplement their courses with evening group help sessions.
In addition, we offer peer-led instruction for many of the required courses you will be taking. Our faculty members carefully select outstanding students—usually a senior majoring in the specific subject or a former postbac student—and train them to supplement class lectures. In addition, the peer instructors organize non-mandatory group work sessions one or two nights a week during the academic year and almost every day during the summer to reinforce your learning. Group or individual peer tutoring in the sciences is also available free of charge at any time during the program.