4.9 Success Tips for Students

If you, the student, know you have a learning disability, talk with OSWD before the semester begins. If you think you may have a learning disability but aren't sure, contact OSWD to learn about assessments and options.

  • Set realistic goals and priorities for course work.
  • Be prepared to request "reasonable accommodations" in your course work so you can learn and demonstrate your knowledge of course material. This is your right under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of disabilities.
  • Become knowledgeable and comfortable about describing your disability so you can advocate for yourself with faculty.
  • Look into different types of assistive technologies that can help you with your note taking, reading, or mathematical abilities.
  • Keep only one calendar with all relevant dates, assignments, and appointments. Do not try to keep a schedule in your head.
  • Plan to attend all class sessions; attendance may seem trivial, but it is important.
  • Estimate how long a given class assignment will take, generally planning on two hours outside class for every hour in class. Build in study breaks; fatigue wastes time.
  • Make notes of any questions you might have so that they can be answered before the next exam.
  • Attend all review sessions offered by the professor or teaching assistants.
  • If you are having trouble or feeling overwhelmed, talk with OSWD immediately. Do not hesitate to seek help. It is critical that you link-up with campus supports before you fall behind in your course work.