From High School. . .to College: Resources and Tips

Going to college is a big, Big, BIG deal.  Sometimes the transition can be confusing and overwhelming.  The sites below explore various “transitioning to college”  issues.

Transitioning to College (General)

Tips for Transitioning to CollegeThis brief tip sheet presents some ideas for making the switch from high school to college easier and also discusses 21 tips for enhancing your opportunities for success in college.

People with Disabilities and Higher Education: Considering what to do after you have completed high school can be an exciting and somewhat frightening experience for people with disabilities. The number of students with disabilities who attend college is increasing every year. Students who go to college are demonstrating growth in a number of areas such as social skills, academic skills, self-advocacy skills, independence, and self-confidence. Students with disabilities many times find they need to start planning for college while they are still in high school.Every student who attends college has to make sure they have the skills to manage their social life, classes, and at times – a job as well.

Transitioning to College (LibGuide): If you are either planning to attend college or you are already there it is worth your time to check out the resources prepared by Kent State University that review the BIG differences between college and high school. This guide provides information about the changes you will face during the transition from high school to college.  You will find general information about college and how college differs from high school, but the focus of this guide is on college libraries as an academic support service, college level research expectations, and the research process. Each topic discussed includes video clips of first year students sharing their experiences.  Although,  Kent State is a large university, the differences students experience between high school and college are similar no matter the size of the institution attended.

Emotional Well-Being

Transition Year: Your Source for Emotional Health at College: It’s common to assume that the major obstacle in adjusting to campus life will be academic. However, research shows that emotional issues are most likely to interfere with success at college Whether a student needs assistance in picking a school that is the best fit,  or is  looking for tips on managing stress once on campus, or wants guidance in making a smooth transition, this site has helpful  tools and information. The Transition Year site is an online resource center to help parents and students focus on emotional health before, during and after the college transition.

Planning and Time Management

Planning and Time Management Tools and Advice for College Students: Learning Specialist, Elizabeth Hamblet has provided resources that college students will find helpful for planning, time management and much more. There is also helpful information for parents and students at the For Family & Students page.

Tips to Help College Students Get the Semester Off to a Good Start  A straightforward tip-sheet from learning specialist, Elizabeth Hamblet to  help students get organized at the beginning of the semester.  The tip-sheet is also available in PDF form.

Study Tips for Improving Long-Term Memory Retention and Recall:  There is no single method of learning that guarantees success. How you learn best depends on many different factors. However this tip sheet from the Whole Student Learning Series, from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, offers some helpful tips and information about how we learn.

Tackling the Research Paper: Tips and Tools for Success for People with Vision Loss  The AFB AccessWorld online magazine offers an article that provides tips and tools to help make that next research paper a bit easier. Straight-forward and well organized, even those who enjoy writing research papers might find this article useful and learn something new.

Memory Strategies: This document offers tips and strategies for improving memory, comprehension and recall. Includes links to websites for additional information.

Financial Aid, Grants and Scholarships

Disability.Gov’s Guide to Student Financial Aid: Every student would benefit from some financial support or assistance when attending college.  This guide explains financial aid options for students attending or planning to attend college or career or technical school. Site visitors can learn about applying for federal student aid, scholarships for students with disabilities and other types of financial aid to help then for tuition, fees and other higher education expenses. Covering more than just grants and scholarships, the site has a few pieces of information that students have found to be helpful.

Guide to Scholarships and Financial Aid for Students with Disabilities: Developed by Affordable Colleges this site  lists a number of financial resources for students with disabilities.  Formed by group of professionals from a variety of backgrounds (marketing, education, business, and research), these professionals developed Affordable Colleges to assist students and their parents explore options for affording a college education.  The site includes: a curated list of more than 85 disability-specific scholarships; strategies for utilizing state and local financial aid resources and; an overview of loan forgiveness and reduction options.


Self-Advocacy: 5 Tips from a Student:  Self-advocacy skills  can have a direct and transformative impact on a student’s success.  However, approaching a teacher and telling him or her that you have a hard time reading or spelling can be terrifying. Asking the teacher to give you things that other students don’t get, such as extra time, is daunting. Written by a student intern at the  National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), these five tips can help you develop self-advocacy skills.    Other resources may be found at the category, Self-Advocacy.