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Top ten tips

  1. Find a time management system that works for you. Read more »
    In college, your professors will give you assignments at the beginning of the semester and expect that you will turn them in without them constantly reminding you of the deadline. It’s important to find a time management system (such as a day planner, wall or desk calendar, monthly calendar or digital planner with reminders) to help you keep track of all of your assignments and tests for each class.
  2. You are responsible for getting your classroom accommodations in place. Read more »
    Unlike high school, where your accommodations are discussed with your IEP team members, most colleges have one designated person or office that determines eligibility for services and classroom accommodations. To receive accommodations, each student must choose to register with the disability support services office on campus and meet with the coordinator to determine appropriate accommodations. If you are determined eligible for accommodations, you will most likely receive a letter that specifies your accommodations. It will be your responsibility to give this letter to each of your professors.
  3. Find a useful tool to organize your class materials. Read more »
    Most students use three-ring notebooks for each course at college. You will need a section for your classroom notes, assignments, tests and handouts. Placing your class syllabus in the front of your notebook is a smart move!
  4. In college, read each course syllabus and place it in the front of your course notebook. Read more »
    The majority of college instructors communicate their expectations for students through a course syllabus. A syllabus usually provides an overview of the course, the learning outcomes expected, materials you will need (such as textbooks), instructor contact information and a description of assignments and exams.
  5. In college, develop a professional relationship with your instructors. Read more »
    Introduce yourself to each instructor after class and ask a brief question related to the course or lecture. Be professional and respectful when communicating in person or through e-mail.
  6. In college, use your classroom accommodations. Read more »
    Although it is your choice whether to use accommodations that provide equal access and opportunity to benefit from classes, programs and activities, most students with disabilities are able to learn and perform better in classes with accommodations.
  7. Let technology work for you. Read more »
    Work with a technology specialist to explore how technology can help you to manage your time, comprehend reading materials or assist you with writing skills now in high school and later in college.
  8. Find out about campus resources at the colleges you want to attend. Read more »
    » Most colleges offer supports and services available for all students to succeed, such as a writing center, peer tutoring and counseling services. Search the colleges’ Web sites, ask at college fairs and talk with the disability support services office to find out more about the resources available.
  9. You decide whether to share your disability with your college professor, roommate or adviser. Read more »
    Consider your reasons for sharing your disability with someone. Then, if you have a good reason, think about how much information is necessary and be brief, positive and use everyday language, not medical diagnoses. Remember, disability information is considered confidential and medical in nature.
  10. Take advantage of community resources. Read more »
    Make sure to learn about community resources, such as vocational rehabilitation, support groups or public transportation that can assist you while in college. It is important to use services available on campus and in the local community.