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DSS Academic Support Centers and Tutoring Services

COVID-19/Hybrid Academic Support Services

At this time, the DSS Academic Support Centers are conducting all academic support services by appointment virtually or in-person on a limited basis.  Structured remote/online courses can be challenging and may require using a different strategy than face-to-face classes. If you need help navigating your online class, our Support Center Coordinators can provide guidance. Academic support appointments can be scheduled by contacting one of the coordinators via email.

DSS provides comprehensive academic services that extend beyond classroom and testing accommodations. The DSS Academic Support Centers support the academic development and educational goals of students and is committed to promoting access for individuals with disabilities within the college's diverse community. 

DSS staff specialists, faculty tutors, and peer student tutors provide an array of services that include organizational support, time-management, study skills, math/English/reading tutoring, limited content tutoring, assistive technology training and limited equipment loans. Although not an accommodation, DSS Academic Support Centers are available at all three campuses to students who have identified with DSS.  Services are not unlimited and are based on availability. Hours and locations vary by campus.

"The Center is a great resource to me for getting my homework done."

Role of the Academic Support Centers

  • Help students improve and refine their academic scores.
  • Support students in increasing their independence and confidence.
  • Help students practice self-advocacy.

"The center is like a family to me, where I can ask for help without feeling discomfort. I trust the center a lot."

Services Offered

One-on-one sessions for help in English, math, and other limited content area/courses led by student peers, faculty, and staff.

Types of Tutoring
  • Once or twice per week sessions depending on need and number of classes
  • One-on-one tutoring, homework assistance, check-ins
  • Reading, writing, and research skills development
  • Support for online coursework
    • help navigating your online class
    • guidance on identifying and clarifying course requirements
    • figuring out when items are due
    • implementing effective study strategies for exams
What Tutors Do
  • Help you learn the material on your own
  • Help you get started on assignments
  • Help you learn how to study
  • Help you learn study strategies to become an independent learner
  • Break assignments into small doable chunks
  • Encourage success along the way
What Tutors Don't Do
  • Tutors cannot give you answers
  • Tutors are not homework partners
  • Tutors do not reteach lessons
  • Tutors do not edit writing assignments
  • Tutors do not offer assistance for take home or online exams
What Students Do
  • Have a ready to learn attitude
  • Be on time
  • Attend each scheduled appointment
  • Prepare specific questions in advance
  • Bring materials (assignment directions, books, notes, etc.)
  • Follow the center rules
One-on-one support with organizing time and materials, note taking, test preparation, and study skills development.
Individual workstation and reduced distraction environments.
  • Text-to-speech
  • Screen reader and screen magnifier
  • Speech-to-text
  • Notetaking aids
  • Digital recorder and smartpen loans (as available)
  • Alternate format material

DSS will offer the following workshops in the Fall 2022 semester.  

  • Start Smart for Success: Wednesday, August 31, 2022, 2:00pm-3:30pm.  This event has passed.
  • Managing Your Time Effectively: Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m.  Register for the workshop herenew window.
    • Addressing procrastination issues
    • Utilizing effective time management strategies
    • Using your resources
  • Study Skills & Test Taking Strategies: Friday, October 14, 2022, 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m.  Register for the workshop herenew window.
    • Identifying effective study habits
    • Reviewing test-taking techniques
    • Managing test anxiety
  • Final Projects & Research Papers: Thursday, November 17, 2022, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Register for the workshop herenew window.
    • Developing a plan for final projects
    • Identifying organization strategies
    • Overcoming barriers to project completion

If you miss a workshop and would like more information on the content that was delivered, contact one of our Tutoring Centers.

"They are always there to help you." 

How to Access Services

Contact the Academic Support Center Coordinator from your campus to set up an appointment:

Academic Support Centers and Tutoring Services
Campus Hours Email Location Phone

8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.  SA 240G 240-567-1610

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. SV 305C 240-567-5060

Takoma Park/

Silver Spring

Monday - Friday
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.  ST 227 240-567-6145


"Come to the center. They are here because they want you to succeed."