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The Supportive Services Program (SSP) is the epicenter for lower division academic skills courses and upper division peer training and practicum courses. All courses and practica are taught and supervised by SSP faculty members who are specialists in their fields of training and student development.


    • SSP 1001 Reading to Remember (1 credit, 5 week session, A/F, Fall, Spring) Do you ever read an article or chapter and then forget what you just read? Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed with the amount and complexity of reading required in college? Reading to Remember will help you learn and apply the use of active reading strategies to enhance understanding and improve recall of information from various texts. The course emphasizes metacognition in the reading process, including previewing, questioning, annotating, discussing, and responding to texts.
    • SSP 1002 Managing Time and Stress (1 credit, 5 week session, A/F, Fall, Spring) This course introduces you to various time and stress management tools and techniques, including planning, prioritizing, minimizing procrastination, avoiding switch-tasking, and practicing mindfulness.
    • SSP 1004 Studying, Note Taking, and Test Taking (1 credit, 5 week session, A/F, Fall, Spring) You will learn more effective ways to understand, analyze, and apply information. Topics of focus include various note-taking systems, research-based study techniques, and test-taking strategies.
    • SSP 1050 Independent Study (1 credit, Student Option, Fall, Spring) This independent study provides students who are feeling challenged by the academic demands of college with an opportunity to consult with SSP faculty and to develop an individualized approach to learning in response to those challenges. Students are given the tools necessary to take ownership of their learning experience, so that they might persevere and persist in their studies at UMD.
    • SSP 1052 Academic Reading and Writing (3 credits A/F) This course teaches students to read and respond to texts at the college level. In a supportive and active classroom, students will develop critical thinking and rhetorical skills they can immediately apply to any activity that requires college-level reading and/or writing. Students will use these active reading strategies to deepen their understanding of a wide variety of texts. Students will also respond to these texts in multiple ways.
    • SSP 1054 Learning Strategies (2 credits A/F) Learning Strategies provides students with an introductory understanding of learning theory and an overview of the skills needed when faced with common learning-related tasks in higher education. This course is open to all students who want to improve their educational habits and meet the academic demands of college.
    • SSP 1095 Special Topics in College Learning (Various Titles to be Assigned) (2 credits A/F) TBA
    • SSP 1101 Personal Development (2 credits A/F) Personal Development introduces models for lifelong personal growth and change through the lens of Humanistic psychological theory. This course emphasizes the positive side of the human experience by encouraging students to fulfill their potential through self-exploration and positive choices.


    • SSP 2001 UMD Campus Tour Guide Training (1 credit A/F, Fall & Spring) SSP lead training for new Admissions tour guides. Students learn how to be effective communicators with a wide variety of audiences, how to address sensitive topics and build relationships across the university in the tour guiding role. Students are informed about campus facilities, programs, activities, services and policies and how to communicate these concepts to prospective students and visitors.
    • SSP 2002 UMD Campus Tour Guide Practicum (1 credit S/N, Fall & Spring, max 4 credits) SSP led leadership and communication training for experienced tour guides. Students reflect upon prior experiences to continue development as a UMD tour guide. Responsibilities will be described in a grading contract provided by course instructor.
    • SSP 3001 Preparation for SSP Teaching Assistantship (2 credits A/F, Spring Semesters) Students gain skills needed to develop and conduct effective small group learning experiences: communication processes, leadership styles and responsibilities, goal setting, social influences, developmental stages of groups, learning theories, and content as related to appropriate SSP skills course.
    • SSP 3002 SSP Teaching Assistantship Practicum (1-2 credits A/F, Fall & Spring Semesters, Prerequisite: SSP 3001, max 3 credits) Students gain experience leading structured small groups in designated SSP courses. Specific student responsibilities are outlined in a contract with the faculty supervisor.
    • SSP 3003 Tutor Training: Individualization of Instruction (2 credits A/F, Prerequisite: instructor consent) Tutor Training is an introduction to contemporary learning theory and its application to one-on-one and small group learning situations (tutorials) with emphasis on philosophy, procedures, and practices known to be effective in improving learning. The class takes a threefold approach:
          1)   Introduce tutors to effective tutoring techniques based on educational
          2)   Help tutors implement a variety of multi-sensory tutoring methods
          3)   Guide tutors through self-evaluation of their individual tutoring process and
    • SSP 3004 Tutor Practicum (1-2 credits, Grading Option A/F, S/N, Audit; Prerequisite: SSP 3003, or CRLA tutor certification, max 3 credits) Students participate in a supervised practicum leading one-on-one and small group tutorials. Tutor responsibilities are outlined in a contract with the faculty supervisor.
    • SSP 3005 UMD Seminar Teaching Assistant Training (1 credit A/F, Spring) Training course designed to provide both a theoretical understanding of student development in higher education and a practical collection of skills in working with faculty to foster this development.
    • SSP 3006 Teaching Assistant Practicum for UMD Seminar (1 credit A/F, S/N, Audit; Prerequisite: SSP 3005, max 3 credits) As the practicum component to the Teaching Assistant experience, this course provides both opportunity and context for T.A.s to implement elements of their training in order to work with first year university students.
    • SSP 3010 Supplemental Instruction Leadership Training (2 credits A/F, Prerequisite: instructor consent) Provides training to lead Supplemental Instruction (SI) sessions for SI supported courses. Students develop skills to lead group study sessions using the Supplemental Instruction model and learn best practices for fostering student learning. Partially online.
    • SSP 3013 Transfer Connect Mentor Practicum (1-2 credits S/N, Prerequisite: SSP 3012, max 3 credits) Students participate in a supervised practicum mentoring fellow students.
    • SSP 3014 Financial Literacy Peer Mentor Leadership Training (2 credits A/F, Spring) Provides training to mentor peers in financial literacy. Students develop leadership skills and learn to examine and document their understanding of individual learning, mentoring and personal finance processes and outcomes.
    • SSP 3015 Financial Literacy Peer Mentor Leadership Practicum (1 credit S/N, prerequisite: SSP 3014, max 3 credits) Supervised practicum for student mentors wishing to continue to work with UMD’s Financial Peer Mentor Program (FPMP). Mentors’ responsibilities outlined in a contract with their instructor.