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Transitioning to Postsecondary Education

There are many things you need to consider in preparing for post secondary education, especially if you may need extra learning support.  Follow these tips to get off to a good start:

  1. Create and follow a transition plan.
  2. Clearly understand your learning challenges and strengths and how to articulate your needs to others. (Check out some of our recommended resources)
  3. If you have a learning disability, know your legal rights regarding academic accommodations for lectures, assignments, test taking, etc. and practice asking for accommodations with a coach.
  4. Learn and master learning strategies that work for you: time management, note taking, reading, writing, study skills, exam taking, etc.
  5. Assistive technology (AT) can be used in combination with learning strategies—find out what AT works for you and practice using it before you start school.
  6. Get organized. Create a course calendar, colour code your notebooks, preview your textbooks, etc.
  7. One of the best ways students can get a sense of what to expect when beginning a post-secondary program is to talk with people who have first-hand experience in such programs. Enroll in one of many Transition Programs available in many parts of the country, that offers students the opportunity to gather information on the post-secondary experience.
  8. Visit the Student Support Centres - get to know the support staff and what they have to offer (tutors, workshops, counseling, etc.)
  9. Learn how to truly relax and manage stress - and remember to plan FUN into your schedule!

Student Success Checklist

Be sure to check out all the information and resources on our postsecondary pages!

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