Making the classroom work for you
Large college classrooms, especially the big lecture halls, are rarely the optimal learning environment for students on the spectrum. But there are ways to make those wide-open space work better for people who learn differently. First, consider bringing a laptop, netbook or AlphaSmart to class so that notetaking is easier. PDAs, iPods, iPhones, BlackBerry and other devices can quickly be turned into digital recorders that allow you to take the lecture with you and review it at your leisure. For students who are easily distracted, sitting up front can help focus their attention. Finally, it’s good to make at least one of two friends in each class so you’ll have a study partner, when needed, and someone to double-check assignments with when your professor is not available.
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