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Tips for Learning Disabilities

The following academic tips should assist you in working with students who have learning disabilities (LD) in post-secondary education. Recommended on-campus referral sources are also included.

Academic Tips for students with learning disabilities

  • Provide a well managed, structured environment
  • Present information auditorally, visually, and kinesthetically
  • Suggest recording of lectures to supplement note taking
  • Suggest recording meetings outside of class to improve memory retention
  • Provide copies of instructor notes or PowerPoint presentations
  • Decrease the amount of classroom distractions
  • Create a step-by-step plan that breaks writing assignments into small tasks
  • Create a list of keywords when organizing writing projects

More Academic Tips:

  • Provide clear, constructive feedback
  • Explain strengths and weaknesses of homework
  • Give verbal reminders of assignments and test dates
  • Suggest dropping a class or two if academic load os too heavy
  • Preferential seating can make these students more comfortable
  • Be tolerant of frequent visits, questions and concerns
  • Recommend assistive technology hardware and/or software 
  • Recommend a reduced course load

CGCC Referral Sources: