A Study Tip for College Students with ADHD

Mimi Handlin, MSW - ADHD Coach for Women
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If you are a college student with ADHD, you may find it challenging to study alone. In the dorm, it’s easy to get distracted by everything except what you should be reading or writing. Noises in the hall, texting, checking to see what your friends are doing, suddenly remembering you need to do your laundry, having a sugar fit and needing to run to the store, etc. etc. Sometimes studying in the library is a great idea and other times it can be a little too quiet, promoting drowsiness or boredom or daydreaming – especially in a study carrel. Here’s a good solution.

Find other people to study with who are more focused and directed in their study habits than you might tend to be. Some people are really good at staying on track. It’s especially helpful to find other students who are studying for the same class. Then you can ask each other relevant questions or share ideas. But even if you can’t find someone to connect with who is taking the same class, you may be able to form a study group or find some study buddies to meet with a few times a week. It can be amazingly helpful.

Many colleges have study centers in math, science, or writing where you can complete your assignments or study for a test with others who are also working hard. Some of these centers even have free on-site tutors so you can get help if you feel stuck or have a question. At the University of Washington, there is CLUE: http://depts.washington.edu/clue/index.php
Everyone is different and some people do fine studying on their own. For others, there is “safety in numbers” when it comes to focusing and staying on track!

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