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"Franchir le Cap" - Transition from Secondary to Higher Education

"Franchir le Cap" is a project organised by the Educational Support Unit (SAP), featuring a series of specific activities that focus on supporting first-year students for them to experience a better transition from secondary to higher education. This project is one of the support for success schemes implemented by UMONS.

First Phase

Becoming a UMONS student

During the week before the start of the academic year, there are 2 welcome days for new students. The first day is reserved for the presentation of the University's general services. The students also participate in an activtity led by a faculty representative, allowing them to meet other students and faculty staff.

On the second day, the students have the opportunity to discover the City of Mons through "Rallye du Cap", an activity where they can discover the many cultural sites of the city.

This activity is followed by a friendly drinks reception in a relaxed environment.

Introductory Courses

Towards the end of this week, students are able to discover their programmes by taking some introductory courses. 

Second Phase

Methods and Strategies

During the first term, students are encouraged to take part in the following activities:

- Note taking
Subject management
Time management.

Support for success activities are organised in close collaboration with teachers of the faculties concerned. These activities enable students to develop personalised learning strategies according to academic requirements and what best suits them.

And the end of these activities, and after the January examination period, the students carry out a self-assessment based on their personalised methods and strategies.

Note Taking

Taking notes is an evolutionary and personal tool, which helps students be more successful in their studies.

This session is a hands-on experience, forming part of a specific learning activity of the first year of the Bachelor's course (B1BA). Students use their own notes to answer questions. They can see how they have improved through a correction and information session at the end of this activity.

Subject Management / Mock Exams

The university has its own specific requirements for university examinations.

This activity is also a hands-on experience integrated into a specific learning activity of B1BA. Students will learn for the first time what is expected of them regarding the exams in January.

At the end of this activity, students take a questionnaire that allows them to reflect on and question their study methods to then potentially modify them accordingly.

Students take a mock exam, which is corrected at the end of the activity. 

Time Management

At university, time is often an enemy: "I did not have time", "When can I do this?", "Do this work together... Yes, but when?". This session aims to turn time into an ally.

Time management is the main subject of this session.

Students are advised about time management in relation to an academic schedule. Together, students create a schedule.

Study Leave

At the beginning of university life, students often discover this new concept: study leave.

What is "study leave"? How can we prepare for it? - These questions are the main focus of this session.

Students are advised about time management during study leave and the exam period.

Again, students create a schedule together.

It's never too late to start over!

At the end of the first term, students are encouraged to reflect on how they will tackle their studies in the second term.

The SAP suggests that students carry out a (confidential) self-assessment to constructively summarise their first experiences at university. In some cases, students will write about disappointing examination results or a working method which is not suitable for their study context. Based on the information gathered during the abovementioned activities, and according to the results obtained in the January exams, students can request help to complete their self-assessment.

It may be the case that students lose motivation and want to embark on a completely different course. In this situation, the SAP provides support and guidance to assist students in making their decision and coming up with a new plan.

For an appointment with the Educational Psychologist, please contact the Educational Support Unit (SAP) on +32 (0)65 37 30 97/98 or at