So I'm going back to college. I start on August 11th. Here's my deal though. I've been in and out of college since I graduated in 2009 because of Epilepsy problems. I've gone to college three other times already. Also for three different things. Should have stayed with the same track I know but I'm indecisive and I get bored easily. First time I was at the community college, I was there for my AA but I had just found out that I had Epilepsy. My GPA started dropping near the… read more
I notice with epilepsy I remember what I choose. I can remember topics of interest much easier. TGF's post above about the department of disabilities is how I got my Bachelors of Science in Accounting. Repetition is the mother of all skills. I can remember songs easily but when it comes to formulas, I go blank. One way I overcame this was by repeating them over and over and over, like a song everyday. Exercise and coffee sharpened my memory as well. Along with meditation. Rest, exercise (in moderation), taking my keppra (meds damage memory as well as epilepsy but you get good sleep), healthy home cooked food (vegetables supply oxygen to the brain, thus increased memory), plenty of water, & MMJ stopped my seizures almost completely. Good Luck
Wow... you shared my whole college experience!! What I've learned to do is record all my classes with my iPhone, then create an iCloud folder for that particular class to store lectures, pdfs, web links, and notes. Then I rewind the lectures like a song I love and want to learn. Repetition is the mother of all skills. But you have to want to pass, because epileptic or not, you have to have the discipline to study and not blame it on epilepsy.
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I have a Master's degree in Psychology what helped me was to bring a tape recorder to class with me. Now there are smaller recorders to bring to class which can assist you and you have a right to have it with you if you're teachers try to object to the recorder.
OK you ask I will try to explain. I have had epilepsy all my life and have 3 degrees. The thing is take notes all the time plus have a recorder to. Your handicap allows for this. Each time I have a grandma seizure I lose about 3 days. That's why I carry note pads and a tablet . I was a Psychological counselor till I retired so I know you to can get through school. GOOD luck