Online Accuplacer Placement Test Prep
Institute on Community Integration (UCEDD)
Suggestions for a Successful Freshman Transition to a College Setting
- Take a lighter course load your first semester to improve your chances of success in college.
- Make use of all college resources: learning center, advisor, computer-assisted instruction or review and tutorial sessions.
- Identify one student from each of your classes with whom you can build a connection when studying, exchanging notes and preparing for tests.
- Make the time to get to know your instructors. Schedule an appointment to visit each one during their office hours. Let them know you are interested in the material they teach.
- Set moderate, attainable goals that can be reached successfully the first three weeks of the semester. This accomplishment will give a feeling of success and will encourage you to set higher goals for the rest of the semester.
- In a college setting most of your work must be completed outside of the classroom setting. You will need to use your free day-time hours for studying.
- Make a schedule of your weekly routine, post it in a prominent place and stick to it.
- Always work ahead in your textbook reading. This will give you a feeling of security in case something happens and you must miss a class. Reading ahead assures that the classroom lecture will cover familiar material.
- Switch subjects when studying and reading becomes boring.
- Do your most difficult assignments first to get them out of the way.
- Reward yourself by saving your favorite subjects for last.
- Break your reading assignments down into manageable sections of 10 pages at a time.
- Always review your notes from each class within 24 hours after the class.
- College reading is a higher reading level than high school texts.
- Find a textbook reading approach that works and use it.
Successful Study Strategies for Non-Traditional Adult Learners
- Proven time management skills are critical for an adult learner who is also juggling a family, a job and outside activities.
- Remember that adult learners have an advantage of building on prior knowledge and life experiences when difficult material is presented.
- Your first classes should include interesting entry-level courses in your major.
- Find other adult learners on campus and create a support network of similar students.
- When beginning the semester, set realistic goals for home and family. Don't try to keep to your old routine while adding the pressure of classes and studying.
- Set your study schedule for the quiet hours when the children are sleeping or in school or use the library on campus.
- Make time in your schedule for family activities and routines.
- Use commuting time to review or play taped lectures while driving.
- Don't hesitate to get help when you need it. Go see your professor, attend study sessions through Tutoring Across the Curriculum, and network with other adult students in your classes.
- Do difficult tasks early in your day. Take advantage of quiet times between classes or when children have gone to school to tackle difficult study tasks.
- Break your tasks down into smaller, more manageable parts that will more easily fit into your busy schedule.
- Use your family as a resource when studying. Ask a child to help you study. Teach someone else in your family the material you are studying.
- Spread out your study tasks over several days to allow you to schedule family obligations.
- Ask your professor for a sample exam or an old exam to use for review. Reviewing sample exams will help you prepare for the types of questions to expect.
Post-secondary Student Organizations
DREAM - Disability
Rights, Education, Activism, and Mentoring
DREAM is an organization-in-process, initiated in the hopes of promoting a national (United States-based) disabilities agenda for post-secondary students and their allies and serving as an educational resource and source of support for both individuals and local campus-based groups. A genuinely cross-disabilities effort, DREAM aims to fully include students with the full range of disabilities--psychiatric, cognitive, developmental, mental, physical, intellectual, sensory, and psychological-- explicitly including groups who have been traditionally marginalized or under-represented within the larger Disability Community.
We advocate for the continued development of disability culture and disability pride as well as related sub-cultures and movements (e.g. autistic culture/pride, mad culture/pride) and strongly value physical, mental and neurodiversity.