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Student Success Center

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College of Southern Maryland
Student Success Center


La Plata Campus

Student Success Center, LR Building, Room 120
Testing Center, LR Building, Room 114

For information regarding academic issues contact:

Laurie Cangelosi
Student Success Coordinator

For information regarding testing contact:

Salman Zafarullah, Testing Center Manager
La Plata Testing Center: 301-934-7657

Leonardtown Campus

Student Success Center, B Building, Room 111
Testing Center, A Building, Room 109

For information regarding academic issues contact:

Beverly Dearstine-Russell
Student Success Coordinator

For information regarding testing contact:

Jacqueline Dyson, Testing Center Manager
Leonardtown Testing Center: 240-725-5340


Prince Frederick Campus

Student Success Center, PFA Building, Room 125
Testing Center, PFA Building, Room 109

For information regarding academic issues contact:

Laura M. Robins
Student Success Coordinator

For information regarding testing contact:

Linda Giles, Testing Center Manager
Prince Frederick Testing Center: 443-550-6040

Pictures of Students at the La Plata Campus

Upcoming Events

Traditional Workshops

Workshop Schedule

Click on the name of the campus for the current schedule of Student Success Center Workshops.

La Plata  


Prince Frederick

Who Can Come?
All CSM students are invited to attend any workshop they find valuable to their academic success, free of charge.

How Does It Work?
The Student Success Center (SSC) workshops are arranged on a drop-in basis and no appointments or registration is necessary.
Why Show Up?
The objective of SSC workshops is to answer a need we see and hear from students, staff, and faculty. We encourage students to be active learners, to recognize factors that influence your learning, and to share any individual issues in which you require assistance with the workshop leaders.
Other Workshops?
Student Success Center Coordinators can tailor lectures and presentations to fit your needs. For more information, visit our website at

Light refreshments will be served and prizes awarded

Workshop Offerings

Time Management

Approaches to better appreciate the importance of time management, mainly associated with improved study skills.
Presentation duration: 30 minutes

Learning Styles

Based on Neil Fleming's VAK model, this demonstration aids students in pinpointing their learning styles.
Presentation duration: 30 minutes

Notetaking Skills

Learn the importance of a good set of notes. Discover, recollect, and review customary and innovative strategies, simple activities and cues to take, maintain, and utilize proper notes.  Examine the repository of information and resources currently available to CSM students.

Study Skills Overview

Wide-ranging examination of current study strategies such as note taking, reading for understanding, critical thinking skills, and information application.
Presentation duration: approximately 30 minutes

Test Preparation

Strategies to be used throughout the semester to prepare for test, suggestions for reducing test anxiety, and tips for test day.
Presentation duration: approximately 20 minutes

Special Requests

Student Success Center Coordinators can tailor lectures and presentations to fit your needs. We are happy to work with college staff and student leaders to provided training workshops especially configured for a program, event, or population. You may submit your request by email at least 3 weeks in advance to allow adequate time to arrange a presenter. Expect to receive confirmations of your request via e-mail. 

Planning for Presenters

There are particular periods during the school year when Student Success Center Coordinators’ availability is restricted. Consequently, your preparation and consideration during the following times are greatly appreciated:
  • The first 2-3 weeks of each semester
  • Winter, spring or fall breaks