If you think your learning difficulties may be due to learning disabilities, contact the Differential Learning Skills program at (650) 738-4280.
If you will be requesting to use accommodations, make 15 minute appointments with each of your instructors at the beginning of the semester to introduce yourself and discuss your learning needs.
Carefully plan your course load to balance course demands with what you know about your learning profile (how much reading?, how much writing?, taking a math class? etc.) and to allow for extra study time.
Consider taking a section of Counseling 100 to enhance your understanding of how college works and tips on study strategies.
Develop study skills by taking advantage of free workshops offered through The The Learning Center.
Take advantage of tutoring offered through The The Learning Center and ask about their STARRS/TRIO program for extended services.
Estimate how long a given class assignment will take and generally add an extra hour to the typical college formula of two hours study for every hour in class. Build in study breaks as several shorter, concentrated study periods are more productive than extended ones.
Sit toward the front of the classroom to maximize eye-contact and reduce distractions.
If you will be using a tape recorder to back up your notes, use one with a counter that can be set to all zeros at the start. Whenever you miss something in your notes or know you will want to hear something said again, leave a break in your notes and write down the number the counter is one in the margin. After class, you can back up to the specific areas of the tape you want to listen to. Complete your notes as soon after class as possible.
Make notes of any questions you might have so that they can be answered in the next class or before the next exam.
Keep only one calendar/assignment book with all relevant dates for assignments due and appointments.
Use three-hole notebooks so that everything can be clipped together and found when needed. Punch holes in all your handouts, returned assignments, etc. or file in pocket dividers clipped into your binder. Include a visual grid of your daily schedule showing when your classes occur throughout the week and which times you are free for study or to make appointments.
Set realistic goals and priorities for course work. Balance study time with free time and allow ample time for sleep.
Remember that research documents that things like eating breakfast, getting daily exercise, a good night's sleep, and attending class regularly all correlate with getting better grades!