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Strategies for students

Establishing a variety of ways to approach study early in each study period will increase your chances of success. Examples of such can include:Welcome Students


Planning your study load

Planning your study load carefully at the beginning of a study period can be an important part of successful study. Studying with a disability, mental health or medical condition may mean that you think about studying part-time instead of full time especially in the first study period. It can also be useful to meet with your Program Director and or Disability Adviser early on to discuss your study load. See the web resource: Adapting to Uni.

You may need to change your study load during a study period and it is important to be aware of dates for changing your enrolment without being penalised. Go to UniSA Key dates and timetables to find the relevant dates.  It is a good idea to check with yourself before the Census date about how you are travelling.  Is your study and health under control?

Negotiating with academic staff

If your disability impacts on your learning you will probably want to ensure that your Course Coordinators are aware of the issues so you can negotiate reasonable adjustments.  See the Negotiating Adjustments webpage for information and resources to support this negotiation.

Time Management

There are some simple things you can do to help you manage your time.  These include:

Reading Strategies

Students with print disabilities such as a vision impairment or learning disability need to develop excellent reading strategies to manage the demands of University study. If reading takes longer because of your disability or you need alternative format reading materials it will be important to be organised early and start planning your study before classes commence. This can include:

You will also find it helpful to use reading resources, found on the Language, Literacies and Learning site, and develop strategies which allow you to get the most out of your reading through effective note taking, speed reading and memory techniques. 


Writing strategies

Many students with disabilities have to develop strategies to manage the impact of their disability on writing tasks. Students who experience pain or fatigue when writing, schedule frequent rest breaks, and may work in a variety of positions, such as lying down with a laptop, standing at a lectern and sitting at a desk. It is important to ensure that your working environment is ergonomically designed and that you are aware of good working postures, especially when working at a computer for long periods.

Many students find simple strategies can minimise pain and fatigue associated with long writing stints.  These include:

If you need help to manage the impact of your disability on writing speak with a Disability Adviser.

Skills development

Recent research suggests we can continue to develop our cognitive skills by exercising our brain. The links below will bring you to websites that have "brain training" games, that you may find worthwhile:

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