Earning a college degree is no easy feat, but going to college and succeeding despite with a learning disability is a completely different story. When you have a learning disability, you have to work so much harder than everyone else to make the same grades. Here are 5 college planning tips for students with learning issues.
- Register for Classes Early
Whether you’re in Juilliard’s undergraduate music program or Northeastern’s online MBA program, you’re going to have a specific window when you’re allowed to start registering for your classes. Be sure that you’ve studied the course schedule and have your first choice classes as well as some backups ready so that you can type your course codes in and get enrolled as quickly as possible. Once you have your classes, you should have your book assignments, which means that you can get a head start on all of your reading. This will get you ahead of the curve even before classes begin.
- Find Available Resources
Just about every university has some kind of center where resources and aids are made available for students with disabilities. This includes support for students with both physical and intellectual disabilities. You may qualify to have notes taken for you in lecture, or a number of other accommodations that could make college much more manageable for you.
- Email Your Professors
Before the start of the school year, or at least very early on, you want to email all of your professors and make them aware of your limitations. This may feel embarrassing and unnecessary, but the better you communicate with your professors, then the more they can do to try and meet you halfway. This may means that you will get downloads of all of their Powerpoint presentations, or comprehensive study guides before major exams – or it could just mean that you will not be asked to present projects in front of the whole class. It all depends on what is best for you.
- Get a Study Buddy
Whether or not you have any kind of learning issue, it’s always a good idea to have a study buddy. However, if you do have a learning disability, then having a study buddy is a must. Ideally, you want one for each and every one of your classes, unless there are any classes that you find particularly easy. Either way, having someone you can study with before all exams and review requirements for all major assignments is an invaluable asset when you’re in college.
- Stay Organized
The key to doing well in school is organization. You want to be sure that you use an agenda every day to write down all of your assignments, block out all of your class times, your work schedule, and any other plan that you make, no matter how big or small. You should also have a very organized system for keeping notes, keeping handouts, filing graded assignments and keeping track of any other paperwork that you may need. You will need to pull all of this out when it comes time to study for finals.