Unfortunately the newest version of the Firefox web browser, version 4, does not support the DD Reader plug-in that you may have been using to access your E-Text. If you haven’t downloaded Firefox 4, you may want to wait until the plug-in is made compatible.

If you’ve already upgraded your Firefox, please download this portable version of Firefox 3.6:



1. Download the file from the link provided
2. Extract all the files to a folder in a desired location (Desktop, MyDocuments, etc.)
3. Open Firefox.exe and you can access DD Reader through the Tools menu, it is already installed and ready to go!

If you have any questions or need technical assistance please contact our office at 541-737-4098.

Unfortunately SQ3R is not the name of a Star Wars robot. It is a study technique developed in the 1940’s which is still utilized today. SQ3R helps students read strategically and more effectively learn the information.

Interested in improving your efficiency when reading your textbooks? Keep reading….

Here’s how it works…

Survey: Skim the textbook/reading. Pay close attention to the headings, sub-headings, and vocabulary words that are emphasized.

Question: Formulate questions about the chapter or reading based on the headings, sub-headings, and vocabulary. Ask yourself:

  • “What is this chapter about?”
  • “How does this information tie into information from lectures?”
  • “What are the most important points/concepts from the chapter?”

Be sure to write your questions down, so you can answer them after reading the text more thoroughly.

Read: Actively read the chapter/book/article by using a highlighter or taking notes. See if you get more answers to your questions that were formulated in step two.

wRite: Write the answers to your questions you formulated in step 2. If you have a study guide or homework associated with the reading it may be a good time to complete those.

Recall: This is probably the most important step in SQ3R. Challenge yourself by creating a study sheet or notecards and recalling the key concepts, answers to study questions, meaning of vocabulary words, etc. without looking at the answers. If you can’t recall the information out loud or in writing, chances are you didn’t learn the information and you will not be able to recall it during a test. Be sure to tune-up on any questions you missed or had difficulty with.

Tuesday, January 25, 12:00pm – 1:00pm
Career Services, Kerr Admin Bldg-Room B008

Karen Hanson (DAS) and Anne Lapour (Career Services) are here to lead you through a workshop that will help you successfully navigate that upcoming job search. Targeted specifically for students with diverse abilities, this presentation will walk through effective job search strategies, how to research companies with known reputations for accessibility and accommodations, and basic networking skills. In addition, we’ll discuss ways to gain some hands-on experience and transferable skills to round out your resume and make you a competitive applicant. Pizza provided. Hope to see you there!

New Student Programs & Family Outreach is now hiring 2011 START Leaders or U-Engage Peer leader positions.   Both positions allow you to work closely with new students and assist them with their transition to OSU.  You can check out both positions below.

START Leader

START Leaders work throughout the summer assisting with OSU’s orientation, advising, and registration program: START. START Leaders also the opportunity to participate in CONNECT Week programs. START Leaders are required to take a Spring Quarter training course. This position is a paid position, with pay beginning during the summer.

U-Engage Peer Leader

U-Engage Peer Leaders assist in the First-Year Experience course U-ENGAGE. The U-Engage Leader position is not paid, but you are given course credit, you will also be required to take a Spring Quarter training course. This position offers you internship credit.

For more information go to oregonstate.edu/newstudents or attend one of the information sessions below.  Each session last about 30 minutes.

January 13th at 3:00pm in B008 Kerr Admin

January 18th at 12:00pm in B008 Kerr Admin

January 19th at 4:00pm in B008 Kerr Admin

Applications are due on Tuesday, January 25, 2011.

You’re done with Finals! Congratulations. I’m willing to bet that there are some things that went really well for you, and perhaps some things that didn’t.

I invite you to do a little self-reflection…

  • How did the term go for you?
  • Did you meet your goals for academic success?
  • Did you meet your goals in other areas (i.e. health, wellness, etc.)?
  • What worked well for you?
  • What didn’t work so well for you?
  • What are some ways that you can learn from your mistakes? What are you looking to improve upon?

If organization is something you want to work on for next term, consider trying a system that was developed at Landmark College specifically for students with learning disabilities and ADD/ADHD.

Here’s how it works…

Prepare one notebook for each class. The reason why we don’t suggest using only one large three-ring binders for all of your classes is damage control. If you lose the binder for all your classes you’ll be in more trouble than if you only lose one binder for one class.

Set up your dividers with some standard categories:

  • Class notes
  • Assignments
  • Labs/Special Projects
  • Reading notes
  • Handouts
  • Graded Work (homework, essays, exams, lab reports, etc.)

If the above categories don’t make sense for the structure of your class, feel free to change them, but try and keep a consistent system that will be easy for you remember and stay organized.

More tips…

  • Label each binder with the class name, professor, date, and time, as well as contact information for you that is visible. This can help if you leave your binder somewhere.
  • Make sure that you print out your syllabus and include that in each class binder.
  • Create a system and stick to it! If you are constantly changing the way you organize your class materials, you’ll probably end up forgetting something, and you could be using the time you spend on organizing the way you organize on studying for your next exam.

For more tips on staying organized consider scheduling an appointment with an Academic Coach through DAS (541-737-4098) or the Academic Success Center (541-737-2272).

What you’ll need…

Three-hole punch
A Three-hole punch that can be inserted in the binder (Cost $2-$4 )
Notebook Paper
200 loose-leaf sheets of notebook paper (three-hole punched) (Cost $2-$4)
Dividers for a three ring binder, at least 6 (Cost $1-$3)
three-ring binder
1 three-ring binder for each class (Cost $1-$2)

“For people with ADD, to do piles might just as well be called never done piles.” – From Driven to Distraction

Finals are quickly approaching and you have a to-do list cluttered with a variety of to-do tasks to finish the term out strong. You might even have a variety of personal tasks mixed in including cleaning the house, doing laundry, and paying bills.

If you are feeling overwhelmed, disorganized, and unable to prioritize your time effectively try O.H.I.O. Only Handle it Once. O.H.I.O. is a concept taught by Dr. Edward Hallowell  to help his clients with ADD address the tendency to let things pile up, both figuratively and in reality. If you have found yourself creating stacks of mail, papers, even laundry that keeps getting larger and larger, and cluttering up your desk O.H.I.O. can help you get rid of that guilt, anxiety, and resentment surrounding tasks undone.

Here’s how it works…

When you receive a document try to only handle it once. Driven to Distraction, a national bestseller on ADD in adults makes the following three suggestions:

1.       Respond to the document/memo/e-mail/written material right away, or

2.       Throw the document away, or

3.       File it away permanently.

Obviously you wouldn’t want to throw your class syllabus or an important bill away, the key is setting aside a specific time to respond. For example, try setting aside time in the morning and evening to respond to e-mails. Schedule a specific time each week to pay bills. Create a system to organize your school paperwork, returned assignments, etc. so that documents aren’t piling up on your workspace.

If you have a task that is looming and you begin to feel guilt or anxiety about it do that task first. You will feel much better and over time you’ll notice that things are not piling up as much.

If you need help setting up a system of organization, consider Academic Coaching from DAS or the Academic Success Center at OSU. Academic coaches can help you find an organizational strategy that works for you!

If getting a job after college is not on your mind–perhaps it should be. We all know that the job market is tough, but there are some things you can do to put yourself ahead of the competition.  You don’t have to wait for your senior year to start thinking about your career.

The time is now to begin exploring career options, acquire valuable work and internship experiences, and prepare in other ways for your future. Career Services provides a variety of workshops, individual career guidance and counseling, help with resumes, interviewing and job search strategies, career fairs, and other networking opportunities. For students with disabilities, counselors at Career Services can help identify and focus on the many strengths you’ll bring into a workplace, helping you build your confidence as you prepare for interviews as well as help to navigate your questions about disclosing disabilities to prospective employers.
Below are some of the upcoming events with Career Services. Most events are held in Kerr Administrative Building Room (KAB) B008, unless otherwise noted. For more information about the events or to contact Career Services, call (541) 737-4085. For an updated schedule of events visit http://oregonstate.edu/career/.

February 8, Networking and Dining Etiquette
5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
CH2M HILL Alumni Center

February 11 Workshops, Kerr Admin. Bldg, B008
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Effective Job Search
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Resume Writing
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Interviewing
February 12 Workshops, KAB B008
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Finding an Internship
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Success at the Career Fair
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Resume Writing

February 15 Workshop, Kerr Admin. Bldg, B008
Time TBA, Mock/Speed Interviews

February 16 OSU Career Fair
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CH2M HILL Alumni Center

February 17 Engineering Fair
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CH2M HILL Alumni Center

April 12 Networking and Dining Etiquette
5:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. CH2M HILL Alumni Center

April 19 Workshops, Kerr Admin. Bldg., B008
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Resume Writing
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Interviewing
4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Effective Job Search

April 20 Workshops, Kerr Admin. Bldg., B008
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Effective Job Search
12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. Success at the Career Fair
2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Resume Writing

April 21 OSU Career Fair
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. CH2M HILL Alumni Center

May 20 Applying to Graduate School
4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Location TBA

The Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP) will be holding on-campus interviews Tuesday Feb 9, for PAID Summer Jobs in 2010. Many positions lead to permanent employment upon graduation. Open to all majors and levels, freshmen through graduates!

The Workforce Recruitment Program for College Students with Disabilities (WRP) is a recruitment and referral program that connects public and private sector employers nationwide with highly motivated postsecondary students and recent graduates with disabilities who are eager to prove their abilities in the workplace through summer or permanent jobs. Employers include agencies such as Departments of Defense, Labor, Agriculture, Commerce, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Interior, State, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs; the Social Security Administration; the National Aeronautics and Space Administration; the Nuclear Regulatory Commission; the Environmental Protection Agency; the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; the Farm Credit Administration, and the US Securities and Exchange Commission. Many (but not all) positions are outside of Oregon.

Sign up now for an interview if you meet the following requirements:

1) have a disability AND
2) are a U.S. citizen AND
3) are enrolled full-time at OSU (unless reduced course load is authorized as a disability-related accommodation) OR you?ve graduated since Spring 2009.

This opportunity is ONLY available to students and recent graduates with disabilities! Hurry, interview spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact Karen @ DAS for application materials and to sign up for an interview, at karen.hanson@oregonstate.edu or (541) 737-8582.

Finals week is just around the corner and it’s never too early to get POWERED up for your finals! Check out the following on-campus resources!

Collaborative Learning Center

Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) provides a variety of services to help support your studies. During scheduled hours, you’ll find peer tutors and GTAs from the College of Science, the Academic Success Center, and the Writing Center.



Interested in free math help? Contact the Math Learning Center



The Mathematics Department maintains this list for the convenience of students
seeking private tutoring in mathematics. The Department does not do any screening
of tutors. You can access this list by visiting this website: http://www.math.oregonstate.edu/private_tutors.


Get Chemistry Help with the Mole Hole



Need help with papers? Consult the Writing Center!


Don’t forget to relax a little!!!

Unlock your inner potential with active relaxation at the MindSpa: http://oregonstate.edu/counsel/mind-spa

Exercising at Dixon is a great way to take a study break: http://oregonstate.edu/recsports/

Need to get some study fuel? Check out what’s open on-campus: http://oregonstate.edu/foodatosu/