Now that midterms are over
“This last midterm I have taken completely devestated (sic) me because out of a class of 57, I was one of 7 people who failed the test. I don’t understand why I failed for a class that should be relatively easy to pass. I just don’t know what to do anymore. Just going to class, taking notes, and studying is not helping me.”
I ran across this post on a site called “Autism Blogger” and it really tugged at my heart. If you find yourself in a similar situation, here are some tips that may help.
1. Record every lecture and review your recordings outside of class.
2. Arrange to get course notes, PowerPoints, chapter summaries and any other study aids from professors or fellow classmates as part of the accommodations you are guaranteed as a student with a documented disability.
3. Get a tutor. The disability services office should be able to arrange one. If not, it’s worth finding and paying for one on your own.
4. Meet with your advisor or work with your parent to make a study calendar for the remaining weeks of the semester. Start working now on papers that are due in December. Stay on schedule for your reading assignments and visit your professors during office hours to discuss any subjects you don’t completely grasp.
5. Doing nothing should not be an option. Talk with people in position to help you — and follow their advice.
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