Temporary loss of use of writing hand (due to injury or surgery)
Be careful not to strain a hand which is not injured and which does not normally perform as your dominant hand.
Ask your classmates to share their notes with you or ask your instructor to recruit volunteer note takers from your class. You can scan the notes for free from any machines in the Rutherford, Cameron and Education Libraries.
Talk with your instructors during their office hours and discuss how they can arrange for you to write your exams. Some of the following options may apply to your situation.
- Complete exams with essay or short answer components with the assistance of a scribe, or by writing with additional time if you are still able to write slowly or with rest breaks.
- Complete multiple choice portions of exams by placing a mark next to your choice answers directly on the exam paper rather than on the scantron sheet.
- Ask the instructor to test any science lab knowledge that requires use of your hands by having you describe what you would do, why you would do it, what you observe, etc., rather than physically carrying out the experiments or procedures.
Readings, assignments, studying
- Buy a light-weight, sturdy, portable book holder.
- Have friends or family member type or scribe papers for you.
- Allow additional time in your schedule for school work.
- Consider reducing your course load until you are healed.
- Allow additional time in your schedule for rehabilitation.