College Students

Planning and Time Management Tools and Advice for College Students

Elizabeth’s Tools

Long-term assignment planning tool – an editable PDF to help you break down your work into chunks and set interim deadlines.

College time management and study scheduling tool – an editable PDF to help you manage the overwhelming amount of free time that presents such a challenge at college.

Tips to help college students get the semester off to a good start – a list of tips and assignments to get ready for the start of the semester. And even if the semester has already started, these tips are still helpful, so read on!

Weekly goal setting – the lack of structure at college makes it easy to get behind.  Set a goal for the semester and work toward it by setting weekly goals to accomplish.

Test preparation strategy sheet – a printable sheet to help you evaluate how you prepared for and performed on your last exams so you can take a thoughtful approach to studying for their next exams – and get the results you want!

Research-Readings Tracking Tools – this database and accompanying table are designed to help you keep track of the publication information you need to complete a list of references for research papers and to storenotes on the articles you read in an organized way.

College course requirement completion planning tool – this step-by-step guide helps you plan to complete your college’s required courses while avoiding feeling overloaded in any one semester.


Do you feel like you don’t belong in college?

You are not alone! Read Elizabeth’s advice for frustrated college students.

If you’re struggling at college, you may be telling yourself negative things that make it harder for you to be successful. Stop sabotaging yourself. Take a look at these myths that so many students believe, and see why you should stop engaging in negative self-talk and take control of your academic life.


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 how to approach them if you cannot get a course substitution.


Applying for disability accommodations on high stakes testing such as the LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, & GRE

When students apply for accommodations on a graduate admissions exam, the testing agency administering the test will typically have a list of requirements for what testing or other elements students’ paperwork should contain. For information on how to find this information for a particular testing agency or college, see Elizabeth’s instructions at the Finding Documentation Requirements page, and read her advice on related topics, including suggestions for items to read for carefully in documentation requirements.

Students who find that they have to get new testing because their documentation is too old to be accepted for review or lacks the elements required by the testing agency should read Elizabeth’s advice about how to be an educated consumer, as well as what should be included in a good-quality report. For cautions about the qualifications of potential evaluators (not everyone who offers testing is qualified to do it), see the Evaluator Qualifications page.


Are you looking at a treatment program or special intervention to help with your LD or ADHD?

Many programs on the market promise to “fix” or “cure” students’ LD and ADHD. While these conditions are life-long, some kinds of treatments may help students to find ways around their disability or to improve some of their weaker skills, but you should do some careful analysis of these programs’ claims before you spend any money. Read Elizabeth’s advice for how to research a program or treatment before you sign your student up.

The New York Times provides a good overview of the current research on cognitive training programs (such as Cogmed) to help readers understand how to critically assess their claims. As with any kind of intervention, it is important to understand what skills these programs actually improve, whether this means carry-over to other skills and day-to-day functioning, and whether the gains remain even after training stops.


Unofficial Explanations of Typical College Vocabulary

The vocabulary used at the college level can be confusing and intimidating. The explanations provided here are not dictionary definitions and should not be considered official, but are provided simply to help demystify the terminology.

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