University of Southern California

Student-Athlete Academic Services

Directed Studies (D.S.)

D.S. PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

In conjunction with the mission of SAAS, the main goal of Directed Studies (DS) is to support, develop and prepare the student-athletes to become self-regulated learners and to facilitate continued academic success during their career at USC. Early on in their tenure, we strive to identify the student-athletes who will benefit from individualized academic guidance. Once recognized, trained staff members mentor and empower the student-athletes in their educational endeavors towards academic independence. Through the implementation of various learning strategies and educational coaching, the DS Staff may assist student-athletes in the following areas:

ASSIGNING STUDENTS TO D.S.

Student-Athletes who participate in the DS Program are selected based on test scores and recommendations of the admissions staff, coaches and staff within SAAS. Every student-athlete is evaluated after having been given the Stanford Diagnostic Reading Test, an Intake Questionnaire and/or an Individualized Screening. The DS Coordinator and SAAS staff then assigns each of these student-athletes to the most appropriate personnel in the department (Learning Specialist – LS, Assistant Learning Specialist – ALS, DS Tutor) according to, but not limited to, the following:

Students-athletes continue to participate in DS with the goal of developing academic self-regulation. Following each semester, the progress of all student-athletes will be reviewed. Those that remain in the DS program will continue working with an LS, ALS or LA, to further develop their efforts towards academic independence.

D.S. STAFF PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

Learning Specialist (LS)

Assistant Learning Specialist (ALS)

Directed Studies Tutors

 

ACADEMIC ASSISTANCE (DOWNLOADABLE FORMS)

In an effort to assist students in becoming self-regulated learners, a variety of strategies are offered. Below are some downloadable forms and tools that can be used to guide student-athletes in their academics:

Time Management

 

Writing

 

Additional Academic Tools