The Importance of Self-Advocacy for Student Success


When I was in college, there were things that I wanted to change about my education. The problem was that I didn’t know how to go about making those changes. If only there had been someone who could have helped me learn how to self-advocate for myself! In this article, we’ll talk about what self-advocacy is and why it’s important, as well as how you can start using these skills today.

Self-advocacy is about being empowered to stand up for yourself.

Self-advocacy is about being empowered to stand up for yourself. It’s a key life skill, and it can help improve your grades and performance at school.

It’s important that students learn how to advocate for themselves because they will have many opportunities throughout their lives where they will have to speak up for themselves or make a request of someone else.

Self-advocacy is not just about speaking up though; it’s also about listening effectively, understanding other people’s perspectives, knowing what information you need before making decisions (and asking for it), learning when someone else needs help with something, finding ways around obstacles when necessary–in short: being an active participant in your own life rather than simply sitting back and waiting for things happen on their own accord!

Self-advocacy is a key life skill.

Self-advocacy is a key life skill that can help you in all areas of your life. It’s important to know how to advocate for yourself and ask for what you need, whether it’s asking for accommodations at school or getting an Uber instead of taking public transportation when there are delays in service. Being able to communicate effectively with others will also help you get what you want from them, whether it’s an employer giving you a raise or a friend helping out with chores around the house once in awhile.

Self-advocacy can help improve your grades and performance at school.

Self-advocacy is important for students with learning disabilities and disabilities.

When you’re a student with special needs, it can be difficult to get what you need in order to succeed at school. You may have difficulty communicating your needs or asking for help from teachers and staff members. This makes it easy for them not to notice when something isn’t going well for you–and then they won’t know how best to help out!

Self-advocacy can also help improve your grades and performance at school because it helps ensure that all of the accommodations that are necessary for success are being provided by teachers and administrators who care about making sure their students succeed academically as much as possible.

Self-advocacy will help you get more out of your classes, whether in person or online.

Self-advocacy is important for all students, but it’s especially crucial for those with disabilities or who are first generation college students.

If you have a disability that impacts your learning and/or academic performance, self-advocacy will help you get the support you need from the school and the accommodations that enable you to succeed in class. For example, if you have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and struggle with attention span during lectures or readings, then self-advocating may mean asking a professor if there are other ways they could help keep your attention focused on their lecture material–such as by having them record their lectures so they can be played later; this way, when it comes time for exams or quizzes where most people will have studied from notes taken during class time itself but not necessarily listened carefully enough at times due to distractions such as phones ringing etc., those who had listened closely enough during recording sessions will still benefit from having something concrete recorded rather than just relying upon memory alone which won’t always work out well since our brains do forget things over time even though we think we’ve remembered everything perfectly well when actually this isn’t true at all.”

It’s important to be able to advocate for yourself, even if you’ve never had to do it before.

While self-advocacy can be a challenging skill to learn, it’s important that you do. Self-advocacy can help you stand out from the crowd and get the support you need to succeed at school and in your career.

Self-advocacy is a skill that helps people advocate for themselves when they need something, such as extra time on an assignment or an accommodation at work because of an illness. It also means knowing how to say no when someone asks you to do something that doesn’t feel right or isn’t right for your learning style (for example: working alone vs working in groups).

Learning how to speak up for yourself can help students succeed on their own terms.

Self-advocacy is about being empowered to stand up for yourself. It’s a key life skill that can help you improve your grades and performance at school, get better support from teachers and other staff members, or even get what you need in order to feel comfortable in your own body.

Asking for what you need is not always easy–but with practice, it gets easier! Here are some ideas on how self-advocacy can help students succeed:

  • It helps them learn how to communicate effectively with others (teachers/administrators) about their needs and goals.
  • It helps them understand their rights as students within schools’ systems of power so they can advocate for themselves if necessary.


In conclusion, I think that self-advocacy is an important skill to learn and practice. It can help you succeed in school and in life. If you feel like you have trouble speaking up for yourself or making your needs known, try some of these tips: