About SSP

The SSP(Student Success Program)supports students by fostering each individual student’s learning autonomy in both classes and extracurricular activities in order for them to grow to their full potential as students. With the SSP Coordinators at its core, the SSP implements initiatives towards the enrichment of students’ lives.

What Can I Achieve Through the Student Success Program (SSP)?

  • You can learn the skills you need for college!
  • You can find out about yourself and will be able to design a learning style that works for you!
  • You will be able to set your own goals and take action to achieve them!

News & Twitter

Visit our Japanese-language homepage for the latest news and tweets (info on support in Japanese is provided in Japanese, and info on support in English is provided in English).

What Kind of Support Does the SSP Provide?

We offer a variety of support that includes support tools, seminars and on-demand videos to help you in your university studies, SSP peer supporters’ college tips, and individual consultations. For details, take a look at the “What SSP Offers” page!

What SSP Offers

What is the Student Success Program (SSP)?

SSP Student Missions
- What SSP Aims to Achieve Together
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The Student Success Program (SSP) aims to help students develop as independent learners by cultivating the following skills through proactive participation in support programs offered by the SSP.

  1. The ability to understand one’s own traits and situation from multiple perspectives
  2. The ability to design (i.e., create, plan, and select) one’s own learning style in order to achieve one’s own goals
  3. The ability to put plans into action while asking others for cooperation and support
  4. The ability to reflect on one’s own actions, adjust and modify them according to the situation, and apply that experience the next time

*The SSP has a dedicated team of staff members, the SSP Support Coordinators. The Coordinators support students in their acquisition of the skills above by providing methods and ideas based on each student’s individual goals.

The SSP Cycle for growing as a self-directed learner

Various Forms of Support To Suit Students’ Needs and Goals

The SSP has developed a variety of support services so that our diverse RU students can choose the support that best suits their needs and goals. Specifically, SSP support consists of

  1. distribution of support tools on the website, at the counter of the Office of Student Affairs, in the Campus Diary (Ritsumeikan University Student Planner), etc.,
  2. group support through face-to-face and online seminars
  3. small group support with senior students and peers (SSP peer supporters), and
  4. individual support through assessment and individual consultations with SSP coordinators.

SSP Program Contents

The SSP is designed to help students cultivate the following skills in order to help them become “self-directed learners” and grow to their full potential as students.

  1. Self-awareness to understand one’s own strengths and weaknesses
  2. Self-management skills such as schedule management and task management
  3. Self-determination skills to prioritize and make choices

Support Tools (To Assist With University Studies)

The SSP has developed its own educational materials to enhance monitoring and metacognitive skills that are essential for self-directed learning. They are designed to help students “visualize” their own situation so that they can reexamine it at any time, thus allowing them to deepen their self-understanding through understanding their current situation. Support tools are available on our website, at the Office of Student Affairs, and in the Campus Diary (Ritsumeikan University Student Planner).

Support Tools


Using a “check sheet,” we assess students’ learning motivation 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 them to proactively receive support by providing feedback on the results. This helps 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

SSP Coordinators meet with students one-on-one and help them create a study schedule and set study goals. The Coordinator will then meet with each student periodically to discuss the study schedule/goals and continue to provide support for reaching those goals. Support in English is also available if you make a reservation in advance.

Group Support

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

Peer Support

At the SSP, Peer Supporters support students who want to lead fulfilling student lives by helping them prepare worksheets (e.g., Time Management Sheet, Academic Study Plan Sheet, etc.) and facilitating group work in SSP-sponsored seminars. The SSP peer supporters also hold regular consultation meetings to provide students with opportunities to interact with each other and share tips on university life. In addition, SSP Peer Supporters themselves come up with a number of projects that meet the needs of students. Please check the News page for info on the latest projects. You can also see support content created by the past peer supporters on the “Student Learning Ideas and Tips” page.