Hard to believe — but we are now at the official midpoint of the FA'10 term — and hope that everyone has had a restful, restorative and productive break! As veteran upper-class students well know — the coming weeks will seem to fly by — so take a deep yoga cleansing breath as we head into the last two months of the semester. Feel free to call Susan Linn (212/854-4634) to set up a time to meet with ODS LD Coordinator Okie Hrycak to learn new strategies to help you to work smarter — with tips for time management, organization, study skills and/or test-taking...
Today is the first day to begin planning your next semester's program — and it is never too early to start thinking about what you'd like to take in the SP'11 term. We are delighted that a few of you have already made appointments to talk with Susan Q or Okie — and invite each of you to do so! In addition, ODS has a very helpful brochure, Disability and Program Planning which is available on the publications
link of the ODS website or in hard-copy in ODS. Meeting with prospective faculty members now can be an excellent and pro-active way for dealing with your disability-related test or classroom accommodations which may be needed: why wait until January when there will no doubt be so much else on your plate! The ODS website manual and forms link also has a Request for Advance Reading Lists template that students can email to prospective professors as they review course requirements and try to find a balance in their coursework.
In order to make sure that our ODS Volunteer Notetaker Program is effective and meeting the needs of our students, this
week Susan Linn will be sending out a very brief (three-question) email survey to each student user and ask that you email us your feedback by Mon 11/8. If there have been any problems with your notetaker/s (e.g. quality of notes; timeliness of notes, etc.)— please do let us know so that we can either speak directly to the notetaker/s or find you a replacement notetaker if needed. We appreciate your input!
Through Project OWL (Options in Writing and Learning) which ODS co-sponsors with the Writing Center, we are delighted to continue to offer the Writing Fellows In Residence (WFIR) for the FA'10 term on Thursdays from 1-2pm in ODS. Our WFIR this fall
is Caitlin Hamrin '12 (cih2106) — and Susan Linn sends a weekly reminder email to all ODS-registered students each Monday. Please call Susan L to reserve either a 30 or 60-minute session to work on your writing at any stage in the process — and let us know if the Thur 1-2pm time-slot doesn't work for you as we may have some flexibility with enough advance notice.
Are you planning to study abroad in SP'11 — and have you thought about your disability-related needs and discussed them with either ODS, Dean Gretchen Young or your study abroad coordinator? Many ODS students with a variety of disabilities (vision, hearing, mobility, chronic illness, LD/ADD, psychiatric) have participated in study abroad — and we look forward to assisting students in any and all aspects of the study abroad experience from travel to residential/housing concerns, to classroom and off-campus and extracurricular issues. We can also provide you with a Study Abroad E-mentor — a current ODS student who has completed a study abroad experience and who would be happy to talk with you. Come see us!
Pooja Vekaria is a Columbia graduate student who is looking for ADD/ADHD students to participate in her dissertation research which involves attention, handwriting speed, listening comprehension, and memory — and volunteers will be paid $20. for the study which takes less than two hours. This is a great opportunity to help a fellow student — and perhaps learn a bit more about your own learning style and strengths/weaknesses. The study will be conducted at the Teachers College Library on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov 5-6 through Dec 17-18—and info flyers are avialable in ODS. Please email Pooja directly at email@example.com for further info or to participate!