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Learning Support Services (LSS) provides course-specific academic support services for all UCSC undergraduate students.The goal of LSS is to enable all UCSC students to maximize their intellectual potential and demonstrate academic excellence.  Therefore, we work closely with the University faculty to design and implement academic support programs that foster peer-guided interactive learning. There is no additional cost to use LSS' services. LSS programs are a part of the undergradaute student's experience at UCSC and each student pays quarterly fee to help support LSS. 

For the past four years, 37-40% of the undergraduate student population  have used LSS' programs each academic year. Our student utilization clearly illustrates that UCSC students enjoy participating in peer guided, interactive learning environments and value collaborative learning as a study strategy and way of learning. 

LSS offers several academic support programs that focus on collaborative and interactive group work.  Modified Supplemental Instruction (MSI) provides course-specific interactive learning sessions that meet once a week. MSI sessions average to about 8 students per session. LSS also offers Small Group Tutoring sessions for specific courses. These sessions have a maximum capacity of 6 students. When students sign-up for a tutoring session, they are commiting to attend regularly for the rest of the quarter. Writing Tutoring appointments are also available for writing and writing classes and classes throughout the academic disciplines that ask students to write papers as a way to communicate their ideas and intensive courses throughtout all academic disceplines.  Additionally, Drop-In Math and Drop-In Writing Tutoring is available afternoons and early evenings each quarter.

All UCSC undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the academic support services provided by LSS. Besides offering students interactive learning opportunities, LSS also offers leadership positions to undergraduate students by training and devolping them to be part of the LSS Team; positions include, MSI Learning Assistants, Small Group Tutors, Writing Tutors, Drop-in Math Tutors, and Student Office Assistants. Many of the students that have used our services end up working for LSS in one of the positions listed. LSS hires over 300 tutors and MSI Learning Assistants each academic year in the Division of the Arts, Division of Humanities, Division of Physical & Biological Sciences, Division of Social Sciences and Baskin School of Engineering.