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Tips for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

The following academic tips should assist you in working with students who have traumatic brain injury (TBI) in post-secondary education.  Recommended on-campus referral sources are also included.

Academic Tips for students with TBI

  • Provide a hard copy of your course syllabus on the first day of class 
  • Provide copies of instructor notes or PowerPoint presentations
  • Make your expectations clear.  Say, "I expect you to..." 
  • Give directions one step at a time and provide them in writing 
  • Give written reminders of assignments and test dates 
  • Give examples to go with new ideas and concepts
  • Inform student in advance of any changes, give details
  • Give many opportunities to practice and demonstrate skill mastery 
  • Understand the student's level of fatigue 

More Academic Tips:

  • Reduce visual and auditory distractions
  • 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
  • Suggest dropping a class or two if academic load is too heavy
  • Suggest recording meetings outside of class to improve memory retention
  • Preferential seating can make these students more comfortable
  • Be tolerant of frequent visits, questions and concerns

CGCC Referral Sources: