SSP Courses

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 Hacks for College (1 credit, 5-week session, A/F, Fall, Spring) Reading Hacks for College will help maintain your focus and better manage time so you retain more information and get through academic texts faster. Based on proven learning theories, the course materials will change the way you look at reading assignments and help you develop an effective, efficient, personalized active reading system.
  • 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 1052 Academic Reading and Writing at the College Level (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 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-led 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 the course instructor.
  • SSP 3003 Peer Tutor Pedagogy (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. 
  • SSP 3004 Peer Tutor Practicum (1-2 credits, Grading Option A/F, S/N, Audit; Prerequisite: SSP 3003, or CRLA tutor certification, max 6 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 Peer Leaders 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 UMD Seminar Peer Leaders Practicum (1 credit A/F, S/N, Audit; Prerequisite: SSP 3005, max 3 credits) As the practicum component to the Peer Leaders experience, this course provides both opportunity and context for Peer Leaders to implement elements of their training in order to work with first-year university 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.