Student Success Center

Faculty and Staff

The Student Success Center (SSC) works closely with faculty to support academic student success at UT Dallas. We partner with faculty to:

Our Services

Academic Success Coaching+

In the Academic Success Coaching program, students meet with student leader for assistance in the following areas: time management, ability to prioritize tasks, effective study strategies, note taking, goal setting, motivation, and managing test anxiety. We offer one-on-one appointments and workshops throughout the semester.  Appointments can be scheduled once or regularly throughout the semester depending on the student’s needs. Each coaching appointment runs 30 minutes.

For more information or to request a speaker from Academic Success Coaching, contact Whitney Vela or call 972-883-2709.

Comet Cents+

The Comet Cents Money Management Center provides financial literacy to currently enrolled students on personal financial topics such as saving/budgeting, credit management, student loans, identity theft and financial responsibilities after college. We offer free one-on-one appointments and workshops throughout the semester to currently enrolled undergraduate students. Financial coaching appointments run 30 minutes each.

If you would like a scantron or blue book, book a one-on-one appointment or visit us at a workshop.

For more information or to request a speaker from the Comet Cents program, contact Whitney Vela or call 972-883-2709.

CommLab+

The CommLab provides students practical feedback and resources for improving oral and group presentations. By visiting the CommLab, students can gain valuable insight and develop the necessary skills to become successful speakers.

We offer free one-on-one and group appointments to currently enrolled and coaching sessions last 30 or 60 minutes.

For more information or to request a speaker from the CommLab, contact Mallory Matyk or call 972-883-5484.

Peer Tutoring – Science and Mathematics+

Peer tutoring is offered to currently enrolled students for many of the historically challenging subjects at UT Dallas. The sessions are designed to meet students’ individual questions and needs; however, the tutors do not provide answers for homework and exams.

Peer tutoring offers drop-in, open lab sessions and appointments throughout the week.

For more information or to request a speaker from Peer Tutoring, contact Kelli Wellborn or call 972-883-5476.

Peer-Led Team Learning+

Peer-Led Team Learning (PLTL) is a cohort-style academic support program for chemistry, math, and physics subjects. Sessions are designed to encourage problem-solving strategies in pairs and in groups. UT Dallas and national studies show that on average, students who regularly attend PLTL earn 1/2 to one whole letter grade higher than non-PLTL participants. Below are some unique features regarding PLTL:

  • PLTL consists of 4-8 students meeting once a week for 80-minute workshops led by a PLTL Leader.
  • PLTL is a time commitment. Students who enrolled are expected to attend the session fully each week.
  • PLTL is free for students who are registered in a session. To view registration details, please visit the main PLTL page.

If you are interested in setting up PLTL for your course, please complete this form or contact Marie Schier or call 972-883-6770

Supplemental Instruction+

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a formal partnership between a faculty member and an SI Leader. Faculty can recommend SI Leader candidates before the interview process begins (the interview process is typically six weeks after the semester starts). During the first week of classes, the SI Leader chosen for the course will contact their faculty member to introduce themselves and set up a time to meet. It is up to the faculty member’s discretion how frequently they meet with their SI Leader.

SI offers free study sessions for historically difficult courses. Our institutional data shows that on average, students who regularly attend SI can earn 1/2 to one whole letter grade higher than non-SI participants.

  • Sessions are facilitated by students who have previously done well in the targeted courses.
  • SI guides students through class material in a collaborative environment where students work together to discuss important concepts, compare notes, develop strategies for studying the subject, and test each other.
  • Sessions are offered either three times a week for 50 minutes or two times a week for 75 minutes, depending on the course.

For more information, visit the SI Faculty Resources page or contact [email protected].

Writing Center+

Whether your students are just starting college or working on a personal statement for scholarships, the Writing Center is a valuable resource. Our peer leaders will work with students on written projects ranging from rhetorical analysis papers, to personal essays, to graduate school applications.

  • We offer free one-on-one consultations to currently enrolled undergraduate students
  • Tutoring sessions last 30 or 60 minutes for undergraduates
  • Writing workshops are offered each fall and spring semester.

For more information or to request a speaker from the Writing Center, contact Mallory Matyk or call 972-883-5484.

We Help UT Dallas Students Succeed

Interested in sharing what the SSC offers your students? Contact or visit our main office to have a speaker come talk to your class about our services and resources.