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  • Do you find it hard to navigate the social rules that others take for granted?
  • Do you wonder how people just seem to know things automatically that you don’t seem to know?
  • Do you find it difficult to make conversation and small talk and often find yourself misunderstood?
  • Do you find it hard to make friends and to understand non-verbal communication?
  • Are you worried about your adjustment to college?

Good news! Gordon is offering a free program for any students who struggle in these ways, including students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, non-verbal learning disability, traumatic brain injury, social anxiety, or any other concerns that cause challenges in this area.

The purpose of this program is to provide a flexible support system that includes academic assistance, career planning, independent living skills, counseling, peer mentoring, and social events and instruction. The goal of the project is to determine the effect of this type of service on an overall positive college experience and to determine which services are most helpful to students.

If you are interested in signing up for the program, you can do so through the course registration section of GC101. There is no cost to be part of this program.

If you have any immediate questions or would like more detailed information, please feel free to contact Carleigh Petersen, the director of the program, at [email protected]

One of the major adjustments to college is transitioning from high school academics to the demands of college scholarship. To help you in this transition, Gordon offers a 2 credit course called GEN175, Applications of Learning Theory.  This course is both theoretical and practical—you won’t just hear about how to study, but will apply it to your own classes as well. The goal of the class is for students to learn to understand principles of learning and how they can use them to optimize their personal learning in college.  This course examines topics from learning theory such as memory, metacognition, and higher-order thinking and assists students to apply them to personal learning.  Students learn to create study and exam preparation plans, apply different levels of thinking to learning, create a system of self-management, understand the implications of learning styles and apply principles of active learning to reading and listening tasks.

To sign up, look for Optional Courses and select GEN175.

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