The following academic tips should assist you in working with students who have mental health disorders in post-secondary education.
Arrange meetings later in the day to accommodate sleep and medication issues
Provide copies of instructor notes or PowerPoint presentations
Recommend a reduced course load
Recommend online courses, incompletes or hybrid classes when absences are excessive
Be firm and clear with absence policy and give frequent reminders
Give verbal reminders of assignments and test dates
Suggest dropping a class or two if academic load is too heavy
Suggest recording lectures and meetings to improve memory retention
Preferential seating can make these students more comfortable
Be tolerant of frequent visits, questions, and concerns
Inform student in advance of any changes, give details
Inform student of poor test/homework grades in private
Know that medication can cause unwarranted side effects
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