Readiness checklistIs college or university right for you?
College or university is a whole different ball game than high school. Expectations are higher. Pressures are greater. You are considered an adult and held responsible for your own success or failure. Going to university or college may also coincide with your first time living on your own. You'll probably go through a major adjustment period, but you're not alone. It's the same for everyone - with or without a learning disability. And people do adjust, are successful, and enjoy student life!
How do you know if you are ready for post-secondary education?
Can you answer yes to these questions?
As you consider what program to take, you will also want to assess your own skills in the following areas:
Many courses - especially those in university programs - require written assignments. You will need to have the ability to research a topic, organize your ideas, make an argument and write well.
Using computers is a fact of life for college and university students. Post-secondary institutions expect students to apply for admission and register for courses on-line. Timetables and course outlines are on-line, as are library catalogues, which you’ll need to access for research papers and assignments. If you don't have basic keyboarding and computer skills, you may find it difficult to do the required work. You may want to take a non-credit computer course to improve your skills before enrolling.
College and university courses typically require a lot of listening and note-taking, as well as reading assignments. In order to be successful, you will need to develop a number of skills, such as the ability to identify important material, so you can study effectively.
You may want to consider upgrading your skills before applying to college or university. Many school boards offer adult education programs that include skills upgrading courses. Colleges and universities also offer skills upgrading courses to students who are thinking about applying for admission. These non-credit courses can be especially helpful if you have been out of school and need to refresh your skills. Once you're at college or university, the institution's learning/study skills centre is a good resource to help you develop your skills. These centres provide study skills courses and tutoring support, as well as other options for improving your skills.
Try Things Out
Been out of school for a while? Aren't sure whether you can meet the demands of college or university? Want to be sure a particular program is for you? You can always test the water by doing the following:
Your Education - Your Future, Canadian Mental Heath Association: www.cmha.ca/youreducation.