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Here's what to do: First, make an appointment. This way the professor won't
feel blindsided or unprepared when you show up. Once you're there, start out by
explaining yourself. Be confident and look them in the eyes. Tell the professor
about your strengths and weaknesses, and about your desires and future plans.
Then talk about the class.
Second, have questions prepared when you go to the office. I asked three main
kinds of questions.
(1)
About tests-how many tests would be given? where
would the material come from? and would they be multiple choice or short­
answer? (2) About reading-beyond the textbook, how much reading was there?
and would I be tested on it? (3) About writing-were any papers required? and, if
so, could I do oral presentations in place of them? I also asked questions about
time-involvement and the size of the workload. Your questions may be similar to
mine, or they may differ. Either way, you need to know what your questions are in
order to find the classes that are L.D.-friendly for you.
Finally, apply the genie-in-the-bottle principle: If you could have three
wishes, what would they be? Have in mind three accommodations (or less) to
request of each professor, and don't waste your "wishes." I say to have three
because you don't want to overwhelm the instructor with too many special
requests I also say to have three because you won't get them all, and this gives
you room to negotiate. Use your wishes on aspects of the class that affect how you
will be graded, because your knowledge isn't what shows up on your transcript;
your grade is. Therefore, ask for evaluation methodologies that favor your
strengths.
Throughout this process you also need to show the professor that you're
willing to work with him or her, and that you really want to succeed in their class.
Be friendly and straightforward 'Yith each professor and show them that you're not
looking for an easy grade, but a fair chance.
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