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Student Support Services

Promoting Student Academic Success

What is Student Support Services?Girl Studying
Student Support Services is a federally funded grant program of the Department of Education designed to promote student academic success. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of the participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.
»More information about the history of the grant

Who can participate?
The purpose of the program is to assist students who fit federal low-income eligibility guidelines, who are first-generation college students or who have documented disabilities, to stay in school and graduate. This is accomplished through offering a number of academic and personal support services.
»More information on eligibility and how to apply

How do we help?
The Student Support Services program provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their post-secondary education. The Student Support Services program may also provide grant aid to current SSS participants who are receiving Federal Pell Grants.
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Student Support Services at JBU

Students Support Services has been at John Brown University since 2005. Our offices are located in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) down the hall from the library in L148. Also housed in the Student Support Services office is  the Office of Academic Assistance.

The Office of Academic Assistance provides help with learning strategies and study skills for students who do not qualify for the Student Support Services program. Click here for Academic Assistance.

Disability Services
The Office of Disability Services provides academic and other accommodations for students with documented disabilities.

Tutorial Services

Free tutoring for members is available through the Accelerated Learning Lab for most classes as either drop-in or scheduled appointments. Our services are not limited to students who are struggling but are also available for those who would like to "study better not harder" For more information contact Deb Raiees-Dana.

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Learning Strategies Instruction
Students who need assistance improving their learning strategies and study skills can work with the SSS Learning Strategies Specialist, Matt Gwartney. Help is available in the following areas:

  • Time management
  • Organization
  • Listening skills
  • Note-taking
  • Test preparation
  • Test taking
  • Discovering your learning style
  • Memory skills
  • Basic research methods
Reading Specialist Services
Our Reading Specialist, Christa Blackstone, is available to work with students in improving their reading speed and comprehension.

Math Specialist Services
Our Math Specialist, Deb Raiees-Dana, is available to work with students who need more intensive assistance with their math skills. She is also available to assist students in overcoming math anxiety.

Academic Support Services
Students who need additional academic counseling beyond the advising they receive from their faculty advisor can meet with SSS Staff for this service. We can help you think about your major, assist you in creating a four-year plan for classes, help you pinpoint academic weaknesses, and assist you in improving those weak areas while continuing to build on your academic strengths.

Cultural Events

The SSS program encourages students to participate in cultural events during the year. Information about these events will be available in the SSS office (L147) and on the website.

Academic Enrichment Workshops
The SSS program will sponsor a variety of Academic Enrichment Workshops during the course of the semester. These workshops will be presented by SSS staff and other campus experts. Past topics have included: time management, financial aid options, interviewing skills and many others.
Financial and Personal Advising
We know that finances are a major concern for most college students. The SSS staff will work in partnership with you and the Financial Aid office to help you make sure you are getting financial aid that is available to you. We also want to help you deal with personal issues that may be interfering with your academic focus. We will provide a listening ear and help direct you to on and off campus resources that can provide assistance to you in dealing with those issues.

Assistance with Graduate/Professional
School Search

If you are thinking about pursuing education beyond your Bachelor's degree, we will be happy to assist you as you search for and apply for admissions into graduate or professional programs. Talk to one of the SSS staff if you are interested in pursuing further education.

Information about Career Options
We will work hand-in-hand with the Career Development Center here on campus to help you explore careers that will fit your interests, skills, and education.

Direct Financial Assistance (Grant Aid)
Each year for Spring Semester, students who are participating in the SSS program will be able to apply for grant aid. These awards can range from $555- $5,555. Students must be receiving a federal Pell Grant, be an active participant in the SSS program, and meet certain academic criteria to apply for these awards. Awards will first be made to students who are freshman and sophomores as required by federal law.
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