How to Find & Access Academic Supports in College
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How to Find & Access Academic Supports in College

The following is a special needs program update from College Living Experience | CLE | Choose Your Future

By Nadine Balabanoff, Academic Coordinator

For many students, the most challenging aspect of college is identifying what academic supports are available, and how to find them. College students must take the initiative to find and apply for the support services that will be beneficial to their academic success. Each college campus has various offices that are designed to support students academically, some offer services that are available to all enrolled students and some can only be accessed by specific students based on need.

The Office for Students with Disabilities

Academic Supports at CLEThis particular office provides academic supports and resources for students with a documented disability. Students meet with a Case Specialist to determine what type of reasonable accommodations can be accessed in order to provide appropriate support. Some examples of services provided are:

  • Testing accommodations
  • Note taking
  • Use of assistive technology
  • Alternative media textbooks

Student Success Center

Access academic supports at CLEThe Student Success Center offers a variety of academic supports to all enrolled students. The center’s focus is on providing services that students can conveniently access throughout the semester. Most of the services provided are on a walk-in basis so it is important for students wanting to access the services to plan ahead to ensure availability. Some of the academic supports provided are:

  • Walk-in academic tutoring
  • Prep labs
  • Writing center

Office Hours

One of the most under utilized academic supports in college is the college professors’ office hour. This is a time that students can go directly to their professors to seek clarification, additional assistance, or even special instruction. When a student makes the effort to meet with a professor outside of class time, it can make a significant difference in understanding content as well as building a rapport with an academic expert.

There are many academic support services available to college students and accessing these supports does take some effort, however, the rewards for doing so will prove to be beneficial. Succeeding in college can be challenging for any student so knowing how to access the appropriate supports is as important as the course of study chosen.

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Beginning the discussion about what happens after graduation can start as early as middle school, but will most definitely coincide with the student’s first transition IEP plan. It should be a discussion between students, parents and guidance staff from high school. Students can contribute information about their interests, strengths, challenges, and career of choice. School guidance counselors can contribute information about college or technical school options, potential academic courses of study, entrance requirements, and the admission process including SATs and other standardized testing that will be required. School counselors might also have information about other types of post-secondary programs including gap year programs, apprenticeships, and internships. Parents can contribute by encouraging their son or daughter to take an active role in this process, being open to their ideas, and providing constructive feedback to help guide their decisions.

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