Fundamental Academic Skills Training (FAST) Overview
During one of the six-week summer sessions, selected incoming student-athletes will take courses non-matriculated. The courses are aimed at helping them advance academically and better prepare them for the rigor of balancing school and sport.
The Fundamental Academic Skills Training (FAST) program will be non-credit bearing and essentially provide the student-athletes with a supportive study hall environment. The Learning Specialist, Melanie Warren, will act as the primary instructor for the course, and will be assisted by tutors and Academic Performance Specialist (APS). The main emphasis of the FAST program is to assist the student-athletes in their transition to college and to prepare them for the Fall semester. Topics to be covered will include: time management, note taking, reading comprehension, test taking, memory and concentration, learning styles, stress management, goal setting and motivation. Additionally, the FAST program will serve as an opportunity for incoming student-athlete to build relationships with other first year students and to learn about on campus resources.
This program is very comprehensive and is an extension of the services which the Office of Athletics Academic and Student Development Services already offer to its population. By offering the curriculum within a classroom setting this allows the opportunity to add structure and consistency to what the student-athlete will expect during their tenure at The University at Buffalo.