Peak Performance

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The Northern Arizona University Summer Bridge program seeks to bridge the gap between high school and college through offering a free academic math program. 

Overview of the Peak Performance Program: 

Peak Performance is an online program, designed to help incoming freshmen whose math placement is lower than desired. This usually means that the student placed into MAT 100 or MAT 108 which falls below the university’s math requirements. This can set back a student’s plan to graduate on time. Peak Performance is not a requirement. It is offered as a free service to help our students. Students will be matched with a peer Math Coach who provides academic and “transition to campus” support during the summer.

The advantage to this program is that not only are students prepared to improve their math placement by retaking the math placement exam, but they are paired with a peer math coach who shares their insights of campus life and is knowledgeable about resources available to the student at NAU.

How Do I Find out My Math Placement Score?

Your NAU ALEKS Mathematics Placement Test score will be added to your NAU records within approximately 24 hours after you complete the test. To view your score, log- in to LOUIE, look in your Student Center under Test Results. Your score will be listed next to ALEKS C.

When is the Peak Performance Program offered?

This is a summer program that can begin as early as June 1st and ends August 15th. Enrollment is on a rolling schedule that allows students to enroll as they attend their June Freshman Orientation at NAU. Last start date available is July 4th; this gives the student until August 15th to complete the 6 week program. 

Enrollment for Program

Enrollment is in-person during the Summer Freshman Orientation, May 27th- June 26th, 2014. We will be enrolling students during the academic advising and enrollment session and will be located in the Gateway Student Success Center. Peak Performance staff will be on hand to provide details and register students for the program. Students who will not attend Orientation until August may send an e-mail to PeakPerformance@nau.edu to get more information about the program or to request enrollment.

How does the program work?

The Peak Performance program is designed to be a flexible online program, allowing students to work in the comfort of their own home on a schedule convenient to them. We match students with coaches who have similar degree interests and walk them through connecting to our online environment. 

During weekly appointments, the math coach assesses completed homework, discusses problems the student might need help with and provides motivation and encouragement to help keep the student moving forward. The student and Math Coach will work together to help set up an individualized schedule that allows the student to meet their academic goals.

Our Math Coaches

Our Math Coaches are current NAU students who are trained in the math learning program. Our coaches will support and help students navigate through the math content and can ease the transition to NAU campus life.

Time Commitment

We require all students who enroll in the Peak Performance program to spend at least 3-4 hours weekly and stay active for a minimum of 6 weeks. The 6 weeks does not have to be continuous or uninterrupted; this can be flexible to allow for vacations or other summer plans. 

What is the Math Program like?

We use MyMathLab, which is a powerful online tool. MyMathLab continuously assesses student performance and activity and, using data and analytics, personalizes content to reinforce concepts that target each student’s strengths and weaknesses. MyMathlab uses adaptive learning which makes studying more efficient and individualized for each student. This ensures that students don’t spend time covering material they have already mastered and allows for students to stay on track to continue to progress and meet their goals.

Do I have to be in Flagstaff to participate in the program?

No, The Peak Performance program is 100% online. Students can work from home, anywhere in the United States.

Eligibility: 

  • admitted to NAU as an Incoming Freshman (or Freshman transfer student) AND
  • students have completed the ALEKS math placement and placed below the first math class required for their major. 

Peak Performance is not restricted to specific majors; all motivated freshman are eligible. Students from the following degree groups are especially encouraged to participate:

  • Athletic Training 
  • Biology 
  • Business/Accounting 
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry 
  • Engineering 
  • Environmental Science 
  • Geology 
  • Mathematics and Statistics 
  • Nursing 
  • Physics and Astronomy 
  • Psychology 
  • Secondary Education- Math or Sciences