College Students

Planning and Time Management Tools and Advice for College Students

Elizabeth Hamblet has worked with college students with learning disabilities and ADHD for a long time.  While she specializes in helping students with learning disabilities and ADHD, her tips and strategies are relevant for all kinds of learners. She shares them here so that everyone can benefit. Try Elizabeth’s tools to handle:

Time management – The best way to handle all of the free time at college and stay on top of your work is to create and commit to a weekly schedule
Readings – Too many students re-read text in order to comprehend it. See Elizabeth’s general reading strategies for how to get what you need to from one pass through a reading assignment, including how to highlight effectively and use SQ3R to improve your comprehension
Challenging course requirements – Like many students, you may find certain required classes at your college to be challenging. If you have to take classes that seem intimidating, you can use some strategies to try to manage them. Read Elizabeth’s suggestions for how to research your options and cope with classes you find tough
Organizing electronic files – For some classes, professors want you to read articles rather than a book but it can be hard to get them organized. Read Elizabeth’s suggestions for how to manage e-readings.
You may not have much paper clutter to manage in college. But if you do, and your backpack and/or binder are a mess, look at Elizabeth’s strategies to manage paper clutter for high school students and adapt it to help you get and stay organized.
Long-term assignments – Keeping on top of far-away deadlines can be a challenge. This tool helps you break down your work into chunks and set interim deadlines so that you don’t end up rushing to complete papers right before their due dates.  You can also try this online long-term assignment planning tool created by the University of Toronto at Scarborough
Getting a good start to the semester – Having the right bag, organizing your materials, taming your email, and setting up your schedule and calendar  at the start of the term are keys to success. Read Elizabeth’s tips to getting organized, even if the semester has already started (it’s never too late!)
Weekly goal setting – It can be a challenge to get work done at college when there is so much free time and there are only a few exams each term. Set a goal for the semester and conduct a check each week to help you make sure you’re keeping up, or make changes if you’re not
Strategizing for your next exam – So much of college involves figuring things out on your own. If you didn’t do well on your last exam, use this sheet to help you make a plan for your next one. If you did do well, make sure you think about what you did right so you can repeat it

Unofficial Explanations of Typical College Vocabulary

The vocabulary used at the college level can be confusing and intimidating. Elizabeth  has created explanations of these terms to help demystify them.  These are not dictionary definitions and should not be considered official, but are provided simply to provide all students with an understanding of what these words mean

Colleges’ foreign language and math requirements – what students with disabilities need to know

Are you a college student with a learning disability or ADD? Make sure you know what you need to about math or foreign language requirements at college, and read Elizabeth’s advice for how to approach them if you cannot get a course substitution.