ADHD and Studying

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects approximately four percent of children in school. Some of the characteristics of ADHD include concentration problems, inattention to details, forgetfulness and communication problems. ADHD students share common problems in class, and there are strategies to address these problems.

ADHD students often answer out of turn or interrupt teachers. Remember to wait until your teacher stops lecturing to ask a question. Go ahead and write down your questions before speaking. When you don’t understand directions, ask your teacher to break the directions down into steps.

Good note taking is important for studying, so if you are ADHD bring a tape recorder to class or study with a class member. Ask your teacher for notes to the lecture.

When doing homework, find a quiet place with few distractions. It may help to go outside your home to a library or some other quiet place to study. Establish a routine. Keep all of your assignments together. Write down a list of questions that you may have about the assignment or the class. It may help to review your homework with answer person. Make sure that you use all the help available to you, including electronic help such as spell and grammar check.

If you have ADHD, do not hesitate to get help from your college counseling center. People are there to help assess your learning style and to provide assistance. Tell your teacher about your learning problems. Ask for help when you need it.