Helpful Apps to Succeed
Here you will find a plethora of tips and useful apps to help students with disabilities get on track and stay there!
- Learn to use a daily planner
- Put all due dates and exams in the planner
- Break reading assignments into little bits and schedule times to do the reading
- Include all your social, work and recreational activities in your planner
- Always have your planner with you
- Allocate 10-15 minutes in the morning, or before you go to bed, to plan your day
- Make a “To Do” list and keep it in your planner
- Make constructive use of your time between classes
- Catch up on assignments
- Complete assigned readings
- Study in distraction free environment; you should NOT study in your room
- Study in one hour blocks; do not expect to study for extended periods of time
- Study with others to reinforce your understanding of the material
- When you study alone, dictate key points into a tape recorder to enhance learning
- Always “over learn” the material
- Use active learning techniques, such as:
- Skim a chapter to determine both content and important points
- Change chapter headings into questions
- Read the text to find answers to your questions
- Review all major points. Read each heading and write down the main points you can recall
- Remember: your study time should be equal or greater to the time you spend in class
Organizational/Class Scheduling Strategies:
- Try to schedule classes at times when you feel you are most alert
- Avoid taking several classes with especially demanding reading or writing requirements during a single semester
- Choose small structured classes with professors who use multi-sensory methods of instruction, provide a detailed syllabus, and present information in a clear and organized fashion
- Be aware of drop/add dates. Consider dropping a class if a professor is not willing to accommodate you
- If possible, plan on taking especially difficult classes on a pass/fail basis
- Do not take more than 16 credit hours per semester
- Sometimes it is best to take 12 credit hours per semester
- Do not take more than two back-to-back classes in a semester
Internet Time Management Strategies:
Useful Apps for Internet Time Management »
- Do not multitask your assignments when working on a computer on your computer.
- Block out distractions from your environment, including apps or programs that are not relevant to your work.
- Take a few breaks away from your computer such as going to get lunch or for a walk.
- Disconnect from sources of internet, such as your phone, computer, tablet, etc, while working on an assignment.
- Avoid using the internet to procrastinate. That may be a sign of a much needed break.
- Schedule your internet/social media time to maximize your day, prevent distractions and get work done.
- Do not sit by the window
- Tape record class lectures when possible or use your professor’s notes
- Participate in class lectures as much as possible to enhance your concentration
- If applicable, try to schedule timing of medication doses to maximize your class performance
- When unsure of the meaning of exam questions, ask the professor
- Ask for rephrasing of information, or examples and applications rather than asking to have it repeated
- Attend all classes, unless you are sick