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Planning For College: A Team Effort

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By Dria Fearn

Get to know your instructors

Talk to the professor to set up accommodations for classes and/or exams. A professor with whom you’ve established a rapport is much more willing to meet you halfway. Your Disability Services Office should give you a letter to help you break the ice with your professor.

Your professor or teaching assistant (TA) has scheduled office hours - a time set aside each week for students to come in and ask questions about the course. Be sure to drop in because it’s an opportunity to be more than a face in the crowd. Office hours are a great time to get clarification about the material covered in class. Asking for clarification can help narrow down your studying for exams. Ask the TA if you can give him a draft of your paper to look over and give input before you turn in the final. In lecture classes at a large university, it’s often the TA who gives you the grade.

Find the right study environment

Where do you study most effectively? Is it in your room with music on, or in the library with absolute silence? Make sure you know where you study best and stick to it. I go by myself to the quietest library on campus, so there are no distractions.

Can you successfully cram for exams the night before, or do you need to study a week ahead of time in smaller increments? I, like many students with LD, cannot cram for an exam and remember the information. Instead, I study an hour a night for a week or so prior to an exam.

Staying on Track

Because kids with LD or AD/HD often have a tough time beginning something new, it’s really important for parents to keep this information handy. If college is in the future for your high schooler, review these suggestions with her often to keep her on track to success.

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