Hello and welcome to University High School’s Learning Services page!
Our mission states that “we are a school where adults believe in the promise of every student, and together we work to build and sustain a community of diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and talents.” We recognize and value diversity in all forms, including neurodiversity. The Learning Services program encompasses two goals connected to our mission:
1.To provide equitable access to our academic program for students with documented learning differences, and
2.To develop metacognitive learners who understand their own learning process and use their strengths to address academic challenges.
As the director of learning services, I oversee this process and work with all students who have concerns about their learning and/or study skills by providing support with organization, workload management, study strategies, note-taking, and self-advocacy. I work closely with students who have diagnosed learning differences such as ADHD/ADD and dyslexia, or other difficulties that affect their learning. I also serve as a resource to parents and faculty in understanding various learning profiles. I work in close collaboration with the academic dean, school counselor, and mentors, and we approach student support by understanding the whole child, recognizing how social-emotional health and identity development impact learning.
Students can schedule a meeting with me via email or come by my office (Room M-310 in the Library).
Director of Learning Services
The Learning Center
The Learning Center is a dedicated space for quiet study and is available to all members of the UHS community. The bulletin board offers resources and strategies related to learning, neuroscience, and specific learning differences. There is also a bookshelf of books and materials about learning and metacognition and mindfulness magazines. The Learning Center is located in the library in M-313 across from my office.
For information about how to request academic accommodations, please click here.
All newer Mac operating systems are capable of reading text aloud to you.
Go to System Preferences and click the "Speech" icon, which is a little microphone.
Choose a voice you like and the speed you are comfortable with.
Click "Change Key" to select the shortcut keys that you would like to use when accessing this function. Choose something quick and easy that you will remember.
Now in any Word document you can highlight the text you want to hear and press your shortcut keys to have it read to you. Great for proofreading of your own work, checking emails before you send them, or just listening to a reading!
NaturalReader is a text-to-speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy-to-use program can read to you any text such as Microsoft Word files, webpages, PDF files, and e-mails. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV.
Natural Reader can:
Help with proofreading: not only can help you to pick out mistakes, but also can give you a good sense of the natural flow of what you have written.
Help people with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia: improves your reading, comprehension, spelling skills and concentration by listening to the text while reading.
Help with learning foreign languages: allows you to practice listening and pronunciation with natural-sounding voices of multiple languages.
Natural Reader is available on all the computers in the Learning Center, or you can check it out for your computer at home at www.naturalreaders.com
Rainymood.com – Music can be distracting, so if you need to listen to something, try the sound of rain to block out other noises and keep you focused.
Self Control – A free application for Mac that let's you block out email, Facebook, twitter alerts, etc. for a predetermined amount of time, so you can focus on what you're doing. Get it at http://selfcontrolapp.com/
Isolator – Let's you block out your desktop, background icons, etc so you can concentrate on the program you're working in. Get it at http://willmore.eu/software/isolator/
MyHomework or iHomework: a digital alternative for keeping track of homework and assignments, this app can help you get organized and will even send you text alerts when things are due.
Dyscalulator: a digital calculator designed especially for people with Dyscalculia. Allows you to do things such as reverse the order of an equation, and other handy functions.
Typ-o lite : this free app takes predictive spelling one step further. As you write your text, you can select the level of help you want with the spelling, and even listen to the word options it gives before selecting the right one. This app also works in other languages, such as Spanish, and there is a version with more features called Typo-HD for $14.99.
Know of other useful apps that people might find helpful? Please email them to me, and I'll add them here.