Many students, particularly those who are new to the college, under-utilize the services and resources available to them. Mentors play an important role in connecting students with other departments, helping to seek out services that are needed, and encouraging the utilization of supports that will help them to be more successful.
Although students with disabilities struggle with the same challenges and struggles that every other student does, many college students, particularly those who are new, have underdeveloped executive functioning skills. Organization, management of work, problem-solving, and prioritizing tasks are all areas that will be overly challenging for these students. Mentors can be supportive in assisting the mentee to develop more effective strategies for accomplishing his/her academic and life goals.
Time management skills form the cornerstone for developing effective academic study skills. It’s not surprising then, that students who struggle with time management also typically have difficulty with other study skills. Some of the areas mentees may require assistance and support include:
Available campus resources that may help students to address issues related to executive functioning and/or other academic difficulties may include: