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Learning Disability Specialist offers Study Tips 


  Almost 30% of students with LD are now graduating from high school with a diploma, and 56% of these graduates enroll in college. The percentage of full-time college freshmen with a disability increased from 2.3% in 1978 to 9.8% in 1998. College enrollment of students with LD alone has grown from 1.2% of the freshmen class in 1984 to 3.5% in 1998. Given that students with LD in the public schools increased by 37% in the 1990s and that the 1997 Amendments to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 (IDEA) have put greater emphasis on transition planning for students with disabilities, we can expect to see growing numbers of students with LD attending postsecondary education.

Alexa Taylor, learning disabilities specialist for Southern Methodist University, found that strategies that help such students could benefit anyone who hasn't yet "mastered the art of finals." Help yourself or your child master finals season with Ms. Taylor's tips:

  • Map out a written schedule. Fill in test times, scheduling small blocks of time for a variety of subjects.
  • Rein in unstructured time. Set a study time for each day and stick with it. Use meals as natural breaks between subjects.
  • Duplicate normal study places. If studying in the library is a habit when class is in session, don't switch to studying in the dorm, where roommates and television can be distractions.
  • Use different study styles throughout the day to avoid burnout. Don't plan to read all day. Instead, alternate working problems, making note cards or working with a study group.
  • Keep up with workouts.
  • Don't neglect basic care. Have regular meals, schedule some down time and don't forget to take any necessary medications.


Created: March 05, 2009 @ 02:52 PM
Last Modified: April 28, 2014 @ 12:18 PM


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