Learning Activities - Academics
1. Let's explore how you learn best! Identify your learning style by going to the Education Planner website to complete a learning styles quiz.
Once you have completed the quiz, consider the following questions:
a. Do you agree/disagree with the quiz results? Why or why not?
b. What suggested learning strategies do you think may help you in your studies?
2. Ask your parent(s) to describe their experiences when they were in grade school and/or college. Some examples of questions to ask might include:
a. What was school/college like for you?
b. What did you like/dislike most about your experience?
c. What challenges did you encounter and how did you resolve them?
d. What kind of grades did you earn?
e. What strategies were helpful/not helpful for doing well in your classes?
f. How do you learn best and how does your learning style impact you now as an adult?
3. There are a variety of computer softwares/apps that you can use to compliment your learning style. Visit the following websites to learn more and identify computer softwares/apps that might work best for you:
- UA assistive technology recommendations
- Note-taking apps
- Be My Eyes: Individuals with vision impairments can connect with a global network of volunteers for assistance with day-to-day activities.
- Breate2Relax: An app developed for stress management. It walks users through breathing exercises that help to reduce stress, stabilize mood, control anger, and manage anxiety. The app's developers note that it can be sued on its own to help reduce stress or in combination with other therapies.
- Code Blue: An app designed to provide support for teenagers who have depression or are being bullied. Users can choose several contacts to be part of their support group.
- DH Chat: enables deaf/hard of hearing individuals to have face-to-face conversation with hearing people without a sign language interpreter.
- iASL: A comprehensive American Sign Language application. It includes a video dictionary, translators, automatic spelling correction, and a number of resources for study.
- Perfect Keyboard: Layout settings let you increase key height, text size and the space between rows using simple slide bars, which improves clarity and reduces the chance of hitting multiple keys at once.
- SuperVision+ Magnifier: Magnification apps use the smartphone's camera to zoom in on printed documents.
- Understand what you learning style is, how it impacts you and how to use it to your advantage when studying.
- Teachers are there to help you. Ask for their help as soon as you do not understand something or feel yourself falling behind.
- Do not be afraid to use the accommodations that you need to success with your disability. If you feel that you need an accommodation, speak up, now.
- Assistive Technology (AT) can be very beneficial both at school and home. Ask an adult for resources to help you explore the vast world of AT.