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Tips for Mental Emotional Disorders

The following academic tips should assist you in working with students who have mental emotional disorders in post-secondary education. Recommended on-campus referral sources are also included.  ​  

Academic Tips for students with mental emotional disorders 

  • 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   

More Academic Tips:  

  • 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 or homework grades in private
  • Known medication can cause unwarranted side effects 

CGCC Referral Sources: