Male student with ADD, auditory memory difficulty and a reading disability (3.625 GPA in senior year).
- Needs to ask lots of clarifying questions.
- Likes courses with study guides (like Gen. Bio. and Intro. to Psych.)
- He takes a low load of classes each semester (12 to 14) and picks up some extra transfer credit in May term or summer.
- Relies on good reworked notes and asking questions.
Biology (his major)
- Tape records lecture while taking rough notes.
- After each lecture listens to tape and takes a new set of notes, looking at his rough notes as a guide (this takes 2 to 3 hours).
- He thus has 3 to 4 hours of exposure to each 1 hour lecture, and he is listening, reading, and writing during this time.
- Notes are very detailed.
One or 2 weeks before the test:
- He begins rereading notes and he highlights the main points and a few (short) key points.
- Then he summarizes his notes (condensing 50 pages to 6 to 10 pages); he always cross-references the summary to the actual note page.
Three or four days before the test:
- He reviews his note summary.
- Takes fairly complete notes in class while tape-recording.
- If he misses a point, he records the number on his tape-counter and leaves a few spaces.
- He rewinds the tape later to the spots he missed and listens to them taking notes.
- He compared notes with a classmate for clarification (always selecting good students).
- He prayed.
- All students received a typed summary of each lesson from prof. with assignments for the topic (reading & homework).
- When he read the assignments he wrote all equations (major ones) on a study sheet.
- He referred to these sheets to do the problems: he looked for an equation with the “letters” (variables) his problems required and tried that.
- He went over all his homework assignments with a tutor after attempting it himself. The tutor explained how the formulas applied to situations different than the problem.
Intro to Visual Arts (A)
- An opinion class (so you must have opinions).
- He couldn’t take notes as the class was too discussion oriented.
- Photocopied notes of another student and rewrote them in his own handwriting.
Western Civilization (Airhart C+)
- Studies with a friend.
- Had tutors help him.
- Drilled information into his head.
- Took extensive notes of all reading.
- Did not excel as teacher wanted more than learning the material thoroughly.