Online Experiences for Smith Scholars (ONEXSS) participants receive access to a wealth of online content, including videos, real-time discussions with other ONEXSS students, advice and mentoring from the current Smith students who serve as ONEXSS coaches, and a variety of problem sets, quizzes and other assessments to help them enhance their transition to Smith in the fall. The quantitative concepts and skills covered in ONEXSS are utilized across disciplines in Smith’s curriculum—ranging from economics to chemistry.
The ONEXSS Experience
ONEXSS provides a cohort of incoming Smith students with the opportunity to prepare for quantitative study at Smith and get an inside scoop about on-campus living before arriving on campus in the fall.
Students in any of the fields listed below are required or recommended to take calculus at Smith. ONEXSS introduces students to the academic rigor and methods of quantitative study in college. The ONEXSS experience is completely online, with all content at your fingertips once the program launches. Additionally, you will be able to access ONEXSS material during your first semester at Smith.
Majors that require or recommend calculus at Smith:
- Computer Science
- Environmental Science and Policy
- Statistical and Data Science
Regardless of their major, students preparing for medical professions are required to take calculus.
ONEXSS allows students to chart their progress in a risk-free, learning-oriented environment by collecting badges for various accomplishments—there are no grades. A student’s performance on the quizzes and problem sets in ONEXSS will have no impact on their academic standing at Smith, and serves purely as a way to evaluate and improve their preparation for the for-credit courses they will take in the fall. The results will not be evaluated for course placement; you should consult a math professor at Smith to figure out the best math course for you.
Below is a preview of the types of lectures you can expect to encounter throughout the ONEXSS program.
How Does it Work?
ONEXSS will begin in late-June and conclude by mid-August. It will include both synchronous and asynchronous elements; content videos and modules will be available for consumption at a student’s own pace, but will be supplemented by pre-arranged, real-time discussions with coaches and other students via video conferencing platforms. ONEXSS students can expect to devote between 5 and 10 hours a week to the program while it is underway, but should feel comfortable registering for the program while pursuing other responsibilities such as summer jobs, research, and athletic competitions.
Your coaches will provide insight into their own Smith experiences, both academically and socially, and answer all your burning questions in the two-week lead-up to the program’s official start date. You’ll also have a chance to get to know your small group members and discuss everything from your house assignments to how to use office hours before the math component of the course begins!
Every module in ONEXSS will be different, depending on the content taught and your relationship with your small group and coaches, but you should expect to do the following over the course of each week:
- Watch short, content-based videos created by Professor Jim Rolf
- Complete short online quizzes/problem sets to assess your understanding of the videos
- Communicate with your team and coach as a group
- Discuss concepts with your peers
- Communicate with your coaches one-on-one (as needed)
- Work on challenging problems involving math in physics, economics, biology, chemistry, etc. with your peers and coaches
Although some elements—such as the videos and quizzes—will be regular features and can be completed at your own individual pace, you and your teammates will be responsible for creating your own meeting schedule and team culture, and can communicate whenever and as frequently as the group decides.