4 Talking about your autism

By talking about your autism and advocating for yourself, you make an important step towards feeling comfortable with others. This activity introduces the advantages of being open about your autism, and gives some practical tips.

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5 Arranging reasonable adjustments

Reasonable adjustments enable you to participate in the academic assessment process on a fair basis, and according to your preferences. Find out how to arrange reasonable adjustments that work for you.

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6 What are Disabled Students’ Allowances?

Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSA) is a grant intended to cover the extra costs of having a disability, long-term illness, mental health condition, autistic spectrum condition, or a specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD. This section explains DSA, why it could be relevant to you and how to claim it.

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7 What is the DSA Study Needs Assessment?

The Study Needs Assessment is an essential part of the process of claiming Disabled Students’ Allowances and getting support at university. This activity will explain what the Study Needs Assessment is, how it works and how to prepare for your appointment.

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8 What is university really like?

It’s hard to know what university is like until you get there, and all universities are different.  In some ways it’s easier to describe what university isn’t! Well, everyone says that it is not like school or college, or work, or home. So, what IS university really like? We aim to give you a realistic view, based on things students told us they wish they had known.

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12 How to manage exams

This section looks at how to manage exams. This includes information about what to expect, how to prepare for an exam and practical tips to help you perform well.

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14 What is group work really like?

Working in a group with other students is a common type of assessment at university. Quite a few people worry about it, and some find it challenging. This activity looks at the main concerns people have with group work and gives you some practical tips for your own study.

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15 What are seminars really like?

Seminars provide an opportunity to explore topics by discussion, and to identify and resolve any questions that may arise after lectures.  This section will look at how to prepare for a seminar, and what to expect from one.

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16 What are computer lab sessions really like?

On technical courses such as Computing, Forensics, Games Development or Creative Technology you will spend a lot of tutorial time in a computer lab. Whilst you’ll often focus on what you’re coding or designing, you may also take part in discussions and group tasks, like in a traditional seminar. Read this article to learn more about the nature of lab sessions.

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17 Managing conflict

Different people have different expectations and styles of working or living together. Sometimes that can lead to conflict. This article will help you recognise causes of conflict and proposes strategies to resolve it.

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18 How to reduce anxiety and stress

It is normal to feel anxious when starting something new, like a university course, and everyone feels stress at difficult times of the year like exam periods or when there is a lot happening in their lives. It can sometimes be hard to relax. This activity is about helping you to manage these feelings and includes tips from other autistic students.

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