It’s important that you let lecturers and tutors know how M.E. affects you so, hopefully, they’ll be more accommodating if you miss the odd session.
Action for M.E. has a factsheet for lecturers that you can print out and give to them.
Here are some more tips to help ease the workload:
- Timetable planning can be useful to try and maximise your energy levels and to spot potential problems early on that you can discuss with your tutor.
- Try to let staff know as far in advance as possible if you have any medical appointments.
- Talk to the disability officer in student support services about adjustments that could be made so you don’t miss out – eg. alternative arrangements for work and deadlines. Are the lectures published online or could they allow you to access them in this way? Are support workers available to take notes or transcribe lectures?
- There may also be equipment that can help – a dictaphone to record lectures or speech dictation computer software, for instance. You may be entitled to Disabled Students' Allowances (DSAs), which can cover the costs of any aids you might need.