Yes! Despite the distractions, ADHD College Success is attainable!
Hello, college students with ADHD! I know what you are going through!
As someone who has navigated the treacherous waters of academia and emerged with a BA, MA, and PhD, despite my ADHD! Before I was diagnosed with ADHD, I had failed as a student due to my distraction and lack of focus. I developed a key to unlocking ADHD college success thatI’m here to share. Let’s dive into a 6-step guide for ADHD college success that will help you not only survive but thrive during your college journey:
Master Time Management: To achieve ADHD college success, equip yourself with a trusty planner – digital or physical – to keep track of assignments and deadlines. Break tasks into manageable chunks and relish in the satisfaction of crossing items off your to-do list. Crossing things off your to-do list can be as satisfying as swiping right on a dating app! Additionally, consider setting reminders on your phone or computer to help keep you on track, and don’t forget to allocate time for relaxation and socializing to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Slay Procrastination: Embrace the Pomodoro Technique to bolster your ADHD college success – 25 minutes of focused work followed by a 5-minute break. Rinse and repeat to watch your productivity soar, leaving procrastination in the dust. Reward yourself with a quick cat video, a snack, or a victory dance during breaks (we won’t judge). Establishing a regular study schedule and having a designated workspace can also help you get into the “study zone” and stay on task.
Conquer Lectures with Note-taking: Find your preferred note-taking method (Cornell, mind mapping, or doodling) and stick to it. Not only will this help you stay focused during long lectures, but it could also lead to new friendships as you share your notes with classmates. Notes are like breadcrumbs that can lead you back through the forest of information that is your professor’s lecture. Consider recording lectures (with permission) to review later, and don’t be afraid to ask questions or seek clarification during class.
Form a Study Group: Surround yourself with a team of dedicated students to conquer challenging coursework together. Remember to choose your study buddies wisely – they should be more focused on cracking the books than cracking open a cold one. Creating a support system will help you navigate the ups and downs of college life. Schedule regular group study sessions and use collaborative tools, such as shared documents and online whiteboards, to tackle projects and assignments more efficiently.
Prioritize Self-Care: Make time for exercise to release those endorphins and stay focused. Fuel your body with a balanced diet – treat yourself like the high-performance machine you are. Exercise is a powerful ally in the battle against ADHD, as it releases endorphins and helps you stay focused. Be sure to also prioritize sleep, aiming for at least 7-9 hours each night. A well-rested brain is better equipped to tackle the demands of college life.
Seek Help When Needed: Don’t hesitate to take advantage of academic accommodations, tutoring services, and counseling centers available to students with ADHD. Asking for help is a sign of wisdom and strength, and utilizing these resources is essential for ADHD college success. Connect with your campus disability services office to explore possible accommodations, such as extended test time, distraction-free testing environments, or the option to record lectures.
Throughout my academic journey, I applied these steps to overcome the challenges of ADHD and achieve my goals. Each degree I earned taught me valuable lessons and allowed me to develop strategies that ultimately led to my success. As you embark on your own college adventure, remember that you, too, have the power to transform your ADHD into a unique asset.
Now that you’ve been armed with this 6-step guide, it’s time to put these strategies into action for your ADHD college success. Embrace your ADHD superpowers, laugh at life’s little absurdities, and forge a path to success that is uniquely your own. College is a time for growth, exploration, and, most importantly, fun – so go forth, my friends, and conquer the world of academia with your ADHD by your side!
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Dr. Jeff Levine has been working with entrepreneurs to skyrocket production for decades. He is not, however a licensed therapist. For resources on ADHD and therapy, please check here: https://adhdonline.com/get-help/?msclkid=929b135866da187a01fe7122f8fe0765
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