About SSP


SSP Overview –Learner autonomy Support and Student Personal Growth Support

The SSP(Student Success Program)supports students to foster each individual student’s learner autonomy in both classes and extracurricular activities to achieve their optimum growth as students. Based on the two pillars of "Learner Autonomy Support" and "Student Personal Growth Support", SSP, with the SSP Coordinators at its core, implements initiatives towards the enrichment of students' lives.

Learner Autonomy Support

Assessment

Using a check sheet we assess students' motivation to learn and study style as an opportunity to encourage them to gain self-awareness and self-understanding early on. Through assessment we can identify students' individual traits and encourage students to pro-actively receive support by providing feedback on the results to help students deepen their self-understanding and self-awareness. Further, we can provide support suited to students' characteristics based on the assessment results.


One-on-one Support

An SSP Coordinator meets with students one-on-one and together they create a study schedule and set study goals. The coordinator meets with each student periodically to discuss the study schedule and goals and to provide continuous support reaching those goals. English support is also available if you make a reservation in advance.


Group Support

SSP Coordinators conduct lecture-type group seminars on topics such as, creating study plans, time management and final exam strategies. The seminars aim to help students gain the basic skills required to be independent learners while they receive advice from the SSP Coordinators and SSP Peer Supporters.

In AY 2019 Fall Semester we plan to hold seminars in English too.(Already in progress at OIC)


What is SSP Peer Support?

Students providing support to students who aim for balance between their study and extracurricular activities." SSP Peer Supporters assist in organizing the self-analysis of the results of the pre-support assessment and check the documents (time sheets and study schedules) submitted by students registering for support.


AY 2019 Spring Semester Schedule

Period of Implementation Seminar Title Outline Language
April - early May The Characteristics of University Learning; Finding out the Content of the Classes you Registered for; Managing your Time This seminar explained some important skills that you should master when studying at university; how to obtain information about your classes; how to manage time; and how to make a plan to achieve your goals. Japanese
Mid-May Note Taking Seminar This seminar explained how to take easy-to-understand notes (how to summarize information; recognize how the class is unfolding; etc.) Japanese
Late May- early June Report Writing Course - Part 1 and Part 2 This seminar covered how to write the after-class communication papers, appropriate notations and expressions, and logical reports. Japanese
Late June - early July Final Exam Strategy Seminar This seminar explained the points to consider when planning ahead and preparing for final exams. Japanese
Late June How to overcome procrastination ※At OIC This seminar explained the mechanism behind and how to deal with the issue of procrastination, where students have difficulty starting their assignments straight away. English
Early July Meta-Learning Skills For Academic Writing ※At OIC Focusing on "Meta-learning" which means learning how to learn, this seminar explained topics such as the work flow for writing reports and report structure. English
Early July Report Writing Workshop From the steps to report writing to how to be consistent etc., this workshop provided points to note when writing a report. During the workshop students actually wrote a report for submission. Japanese

Student Personal Growth Support

Organization Management Support

We support information sharing through methods such as workshops, case studies etc. to provide the necessary knowledge, information and know-how seminars for students who are the driving force of extracurricular activities.


AY 2018 Seminars Held <Finished>

Date Schedule
October 12 Answering phones
October 19 Communication skills that are useful in an organization
October 26 Creating clear and easy to understand posters and leaflets.
December 11 Company managers talk on the real-life experiences of extracurricular activities and desired organization building.
December 17 Sports Harassment
January 8 Manners that are actually helpful when you go out into society
January 11 Team Strengthening Seminar

*The above were conducted in 2018 so they may not be conducted again in AY 2019. The seminars to be conducted in AY 2019 will be announced on manaba+R or the "News" section of the SSP web page.


Career Development Support

We help students to become aware of their career after graduation from their first year so they can have a clear outlook on their future while at university. With an eye on the future, students set goals for learning and extracurricular activities and clarify what strengths they would like to acquire by graduation.

Additionally, we are preparing a comprehensive registration system through which students themselves reflect on what they learned in class and through their extracurricular activities, life at school and activities out of school (such as student exchange/study abroad) for subsequent learning and career path development. We are also considering a system for advising students making use of this type of information.

In AY 2019 a seminar called "Careers are built by thoughts and attitudes" (language: Japanese) will be held on August 3 and support provided.


Regional Cooperation

Because interacting with society is important for student growth we work to provide opportunities for students to contribute to society and the local region through the extracurricular activities they are usually involved in.

We provide support for international exchange activities that are conducted by extracurricular groups by giving project grants to subsidize them.


International Exchange

We create extracurricular exchange activity opportunities with international and other universities to enhance performance and activity levels, and widen your perspective and nurture your ability to understand different cultures.

We provide support for international exchange activities that are conducted by extracurricular groups by giving project grants to subsidize them.


Support Tools

At SSP we provide the following support tools. Please make use of them when planning how to achieve your goals.


SSP Study Plan sheet

A worksheet to collect and organize information about the subjects you are taking to help you formulate a plan of action.

Organizing information about multiple classes is a difficult task. By writing points on taking each subject and their evaluation percentage breakdowns using this worksheet you can gain a better understanding of the whole picture of what you are studying that semester. Writing down attendance and absence from all 15 classes you can see your attendance history at one glance. As you can integrate the flow for the whole semester it can be used to organize what you have to do, what you want to do in terms of class preparation and revision, reports that are already decided and also for setting goals.


SSP Time Management sheet

A worksheet to help you grasp an understanding of your daily time usage by filling in your confirmed weekly schedule.

E.g.: It is useful for time management as you can see your time use all in the one place, from university life (classes, club activities and part-time work) to private life (what time you wake up and go to sleep, bath time and commuting times) , time spent on routine activities and your free time.


SSP To-Do List

A worksheet that helps you successfully convert what you have to do and want to do into action.

By filling in your time limits or implementation schedule you can make a more detailed, realistic plan and by breaking down your actions into small pieces you can prevent procrastination due to not knowing where to begin.


SSP Final Exam and Report Strategy Sheet

A worksheet that combines the management of information on final exams and a To-Do list.

Collecting and organizing information on final exams (question types, content, important points etc.) allows you to strategize and prepare according to the type of exam. By scheduling a specific day complete something you can make concrete study plans up to the day of the exam and by recording your expected and actual exam results you can reflect to find out your good and bad tendencies.