Posted by squeakymonster on September 08 2011 04:26 PM
So, I've had to have "The Talk" with a few of my professors about my learning disability. Yesterday, it was to explain why I couldn't remember what scales I played for the audition to become a probationary candidate for the Music dept (I passed it, by the way). That prof. was very cool about it, and because I have poor working memory, she is going to tweak how she teaches me. From now on, I have to bring my laptop to my lessons, but when she plays a piece (and expects us to remember how she played it), we will record it on my laptop using the software that all music majors have, so I can play it back later. Really, in my lessons, that's the only accommodation she can give me, but if it will help...
Today, I had an exam. The class was very noisy. I couldn't concentrate very well and right after I got out of that exam, I walked down the hall and e-mailed the coordinator for disability services and my professor telling them of my intent to file for accommodations. The coordinator sent me a link to the forms I'll need to fill out, and my prof. is going to change the way he gives exams to bubble-sheet (he didn't like how today's exam went with the technology), and will allow me to use paper to help keep my bubbles in order so I know that the answer I fill in is the answer I mean to fill in for that question.
I had another exam today, as well. A lot of it was from memory. I think I messed up on that really badly and might not have passed that portion. Because of the nature of the class, I don't think I can get any accommodations for that, and the class is taught by the head of the department.
Overall, my university profs have been rather understanding about my LD and very open to helping me get through what I need to get through by tweaking how they teach or what they allow in a testing environment. It's gone over better than I thought it would, though talking about it with my profs is still very hard for me to do.