There are countless reasons a student who excelled in high school might be struggling in college. Most students will need a little time to figure out how to achieve their personal best in college courses. This is normal. However, there are cases where learning difficulties that were compensated for in high school become evident in college.
I frequently hear from college and university students in similar situations. Their difficulty to keep up, understand curriculum, or achieve higher grades erode their confidence, cause testing anxiety, and much more. Unfortunately, many of these students will decide that higher education is not for them and drop out. There are accommodations available so that students do not have to get to that point.
What’s the best way to find out if the amount you are struggling in college is “normal?”
Talk to people about what you are experiencing. Speak to a school guidance counselor, parent, or mentor. Speaking to an educational psychologist can be especially useful. I frequently talk to college students to help them gage what they are struggling with. It’s possible that you just need to adjust your study habits or cut back on the social activities. It’s also possible that you are dealing with a deeper issue such as anxiety, dyslexia or ADHD.
How do you find out if an undiagnosed learning disorder is hurting you in college?
A learning disability assessment will help reveal areas you are struggling and excelling, as well as any specific learning disabilities. Usually, a college or university will require an assessment like this in order for a student to qualify for accommodations. Aside from fulfilling this requirement, however, assessment results give students renewed hope in their abilities, strategies for moving forward, and insight that can be useful to them into their careers.
What kinds of accommodations can be made?
Accommodations can range from extra time on exams to permission to make audio recordings of classes, to use of text-to-speech programs. Other more extensive accommodations are offered case by case, such as alternative exam formats, access to learning specialists, mentor programs, and more.
Please do not let the process of pursuing accommodations deter you. Myself and professionals at your school are available to help you walk through the process.
Whether you just want to hear more about your options or you are ready to discuss doing an assessment, I am always willing to talk. Feel free to fill out my contact request form or give me a call at 661-255-2688.