ALERT: Information on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Suggestions for Students

  1. Set realistic goals and priorities for course work.
  2. Become knowledgeable and comfortable about describing your disability so you can advocate for yourself with faculty.
  3. Learn your instructors’ names, their office locations, and their office hours.
  4. Don’t procrastinate.  Set goals and start working on them early.  Time management is important.
  5. Keep only one calendar and list all important dates, assignments and appointments.  You might want to purchase an organizer/planner to carry with you or use the calendar option/application on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.  Do not try to keep a schedule in your head.
  6. When you make appointments, arrive on time.  If you are a few minutes late or unable to keep the appointment be sure to call and make the person or office aware you are running late or unable to be there to reschedule.
  7. Review your class notes or listen to the recorded notes as soon as possible after class to refresh your memory and to fill in any gaps.
  8. Plan study time and stick to that schedule.
  9. Estimate how long each class assignment will take to complete, generally plan on studying two hours outside of class for every hour you spend in class.  Build in study breaks; fatigue is a major time waster.
  10. Develop good study skills that work for you.  Practice different study strategies and learn what works best for you.
  11. Read the introduction in every textbook.  The introductions usually state the purpose for reading the book and chapter.  You are going to have to read the book! 
  12. If you learn better by listening to others and discussing what you have learned, then start or join a study group.
  13. Know the attendance policy for every class.  Attend classes and turn in all assignments and projects on time.  Be on time for class!
  14. Don’t be afraid to ask questions, but be polite.
  15. Be willing to ask for help as soon as you need it.  There is a range of support services from the instructors, the Student Success Center (SSC), and the ODS.
  16. If you are having trouble or feel overwhelmed, talk with the instructor immediately.  Do not hesitate to seek help.  It is important that you don’t get behind in your class work.
  17. Watch your diet (eat healthy and drink enough water), exercise, and get enough sleep.  Staying healthy, being safe, and having fun will help with stress management.

The college environment is different from high school and many other settings you will be exposed to in your future.  You have the freedom to do what you want, when you want.  In college the responsibility is up to you.