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Tips to Facilitate Student Learning
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Required Text | On the Syllabi | Before the Lecture
During the Lecture | Grading and Evaluation

Many teaching strategies that assist students with disabilities are known also to benefit non-disabled students. Instruction that is provided in an array of approaches will reach more students than instruction using one method. The following are teaching strategies that will benefit all students in the academic setting.

Students surveyed reported the two most helpful things professors can do to facilitate student learning:

bullet speak slower when lecturing
bullet speak louder in large classrooms

Required Text

bullet select a text with a study guide or one which has study features built into each chapter

On the Syllabi

bullet include a statement that encourages students to inform faculty members of their special needs as soon as possible to ensure that those needs are met in a timely manner
bullet make a verbal announcement, stating this information for students who may not be able to read print syllabi

Before the Lecture

bullet write key terms or an outline on the board, or prepare a lecture handout
bullet create study guides
bullet assign advance readings before the topic is due in the class session
bullet give students questions that they should be able to answer by the end of each lecture
bullet present written information in an audible form as well as a written form (Be sure to provide all written course materials to non-print readers in accessible formats and in a timely manner, i.e., at the same time everybody else gets these materials.)

During the Lecture

bullet briefly review the previous lecture
bullet use visual aids such as overheads, diagrams, charts, graphs
bullet provide visual aids in alternative formats for non-visual learners in the class
bullet allow the use of audio recorders
bullet emphasize important points, main ideas, key concepts
bullet face the class when speaking
bullet explain technical language and terminology
bullet speak distinctly and at a relaxed rate, pausing to allow students time for note-taking
bullet leave time periodically for questions
bullet administer frequent quizzes to provide feedback for students
bullet give assignments in writing, as well as orally

Grading and Evaluation

bullet consider alternative test formats and multiple grades for various tasks
bullet work with the student promptly to make testing arrangements with DSS to provide prescribed accommodations

The information on this Web page is for informational purposes only and should not be considered as a substitute for information found in CSUF publications.  Please consult the California State University, Fullerton Catalog and the CSUF Class Schedule.

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