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Supportive Services Program (SSP)
Training & Empowering Students

SSP Mission: Student Success Across the Grade Spectrum

Through the facilitation of peer-to-peer collaborative networks, which foster the development of a strong foundation in academic knowledge and learning skills, SSP supports all students to be academically successful.


SSP 3001: Preparation for 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: Teaching Assistantship Practicum

1-2 credits (A/F), Fall & Spring Semesters, Prerequisite: SSP 3001
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 (TT)

2 credits (A/F), Prerequisite: instructor consent
TT 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:

  • Introduce tutors to effective tutoring techniques based on educational research
  • Help tutors implement a variety of multi-sensory tutoring methods
  • Guide tutors through self-evaluation of their individual tutoring process and progress.

SSP 3004: Tutor Practicum

1-2 credits (A/F), Prerequisite: SSP 3003
Students participate in a supervised practicum leading one-on-one and small group tutorials. Tutor responsibilities outlined in contract with faculty supervisor.

SSP 3010: Supplemental Instruction Leadership Training

2 credits (A/F), Prerequisite: instructor consent
Provides training to lead supplemental instruction (SI) sessions for SI support courses. Students develop leadership skills to lead group study sessions using the Supplemental Instruction model and learn best practices for fostering students learning.

SSP 3011: Supplemental Instruction Practicum

1-2 credits (A/F), Prerequisite: SSP 3010
Students participate in a supervised practicum leading group study sessions.

SSP 3012: Peer Mentorship Leadership Training

2 credits (A/F), Prerequisite: minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, full time UMD student, instructor consent
Provides training to mentor peers in specific contexts. Students develop leadership skills and learn to examine and document their understanding of individual learning and mentoring processes and outcomes.

SSP 3013: Peer Mentorship Practicum

1-2 credits (A/F), Prerequisite: SSP 3012
Students participate in a supervised practicum mentoring fellow students.


SSP 1052: College Writing Strategies (CWS)

2 credits (A/F).
CWS provides an individualized approach to learning skills necessary for argumentative writing process, including development of individual writing process, organization of argumentative paragraph and essay, and beginning research/library skills.

SSP 1054: Learning Strategies

2 credits (A/F)
Students broaden their understanding of time management, test taking, and critical reading, and learn expanded approaches to note taking. Peer Teaching Assistants lead small groups in class-related discussions and activities every week.

SSP 1095: Special Topics


SSP 1101: Personal Development (PD)

2 credits (A/F)
PD is an exploration of the human personality and the impact of the environment on an individual's development. Lectures cover relationships, values, problem-solving, conflict resolution, and communication. Weekly small groups, lead by peer Teaching Assistants, incorporate activites and discussion to support personal learning.


SI format: weekly group study sessions facilitated by trained leaders who attend the class and work closely with course instructors. SI is a “free service” offered to all students in targeted, high-intensity courses; attendance is voluntary. Email instructor Patrick Eidsmo for more information on:

  • Benefits of attending SI sessions   
  • How to become an SI leader   
  • Faculty questions

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