Some Hobart and William Smith students arrive in our classes with special needs in reading or writing.

Again, contacting the Center for Teaching and Learning is one way to help such students receive more individualized attention. Here are other suggestions for classroom work:

  • allow sufficient time and offer time extensions if necessary
  • when possible, offer an alternative assignment that allows the student to adapt another learning style. For example, have the student complete an oral summary of a reading rather than a written one.
  • reinforce directions in class with visual cues like a handout or notes on the blackboard.
  • make the purpose for an assignment clear: should the reading be completed in order to skim for main ideas or to complete a specific application of material?
  • do not penalize for spelling errors.
  • provide an outline of lecture notes.
  • review periodically.

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