Learning Beyond Limits: Self-Advocacy and Awareness Services

Metacognition is having the awareness and ability to reflect on one’s own thoughts and behaviors. In simpler terms, “thinking about one’s thinking.” Being able to accurately reflect upon the outcomes of a past experience is key for shaping future behaviors. While this skill develops later in adolescence and early adulthood, it is crucial for becoming a greater self-advocate and independent learner.

By the time students reach college, many are still largely unaware of their own strengths and challenges as a learner. Many more are even less aware of why these strengths and challenges exist. As a result, students often struggle to know where to seek out support or when to use strategies to help them persevere through a task or situation.

I’m so thankful she has you to lean on during these stressful times and I so appreciate you reaching out to me. She is so comfortable with you and you are so helpful to her in so many ways.
— Parent of College Student

Using a thoughtful and nurturing approach, students are taught about their profiles, so they can better understand their behaviors and advocate for the help they need in a variety of situations

Students learn about themselves as the foundation for understanding how to ask for help and support.



Proactively meet with teachers

Seek out additional supports and resources

Formulate specific questions

Develop a script to explain one’s strengths and challenges



Make informed course load and school selections

Know when to use tools or accommodations

Navigate social situations with peers

A student’s ability to self-advocate is arguably the number one predictor of success once a student enters college

Understanding one’s unique view and approach to the world is fundamental for college students to be able to ask for the tools and support they need to stay focused on the road to success.