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Learning Support Services (LSS)
Courtesy: Maryland Athletics
Release: 08/05/2014

What is Learning Support Services?

The mission of Learning Support Services (LSS) is to provide educational support for student-athletes through individualized academic plans designed to promote learning for academic success at the University of Maryland. 

The program is designed to provide structured assistance to academically at-risk student-athletes in their current classes and to provide instruction and guidance in areas of academic skill and strategy difficulties. Ultimately, as student-athletes acquire the skills and strategies, they will become more independent and self-sufficient academically.

How does Learning Support Services work?

At the University of Maryland there are four Learning Specialists whose assigned roles are to provide guidance to student-athletes experiencing difficulty with academic issues related to the transition to college. Learning Specialists conduct one-on-one meetings to teach and develop academic skills needed to achieve success. These areas may include time management, reading, note-taking, writing, organization, test-taking, and learning strategies. 

The Learning Specialists assist student-athletes and counselors in identifying possible learning disabilities by conducting assessments and evaluations, coordinating appropriate neuropsychological/ psycho-educational testing, and acting as liaisons to the University of Maryland Office of Disability Support Services.

Who has access to the Learning Support Services Staff?

Any student-athlete may make an appointment with a Learning Specialist to gain insight into their learning styles, academic strategies and for support in identifying services that they can access.

If a student-athlete has a diagnosed learning disability, ADHD, or other condition that impacts their academic performance or ability, a Learning Specialist can be a valuable resource. The Learning Specialists work closely with student-athletes regarding accommodations, assistive technology, campus and community resources, and effective strategies in order to facilitate success. The Learning Specialists can also assist student-athletes in understanding applicable policies and procedures for individuals with diagnosed disabilities.

What additional programming is included in Learning Support Services?

Learning Support Services includes several programs which serve to develop student-athletes and assist them with the challenges they may face while navigating University of Maryland’s academic and intercollegiate life. These programs include an objective based study hall program, educational assistant/academic mentoring, tutorial, and academic success workshops. These programs focus on strategy instruction, academic achievement assessment, individual and group instruction, and independent study time.

The Learning Support Staff Includes:

  • Kristin Lundy, Associate Director (FB)
  • Elysa Newman, Senior Learning Specialist (FB)
  • Nilzarrel Townsend, Senior Learning Specialist (Olympic Sports)
  • Natasha Ball, Learning Specialist, (Olympic Sports)

Student-athletes with documentation for ADHD and/or learning disabilities should contact Kristin Lundy (Football) or Nilzarrel Townsend (Olympic Sports) for assistance in obtaining accommodations and services on campus and within the ASCDU.



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