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ADHD College Survival Guide: Tips and Resources for ADD/ADHD and LD Students

The constant assignments, anonymous lecture halls, and daily independence of college can prove challenging for
students with ADD/ADHD. Use this guide to get organized, study smarter, and put in place the school accommodations you need to succeed.

Four ways for your ADHD teen to dramatically increase her odds of getting into college, thanks to a well-organized, well-executed application.

Parents: Is College Right for Your Teen?

Consider these productive alternatives to a four-year college for your teenager with ADD/ADHD.

Teens: Are You Ready to Leave Home?
Attending college after graduating from high school is increasingly seen as a given, but sometimes it makes sense to delay that next step. Do you know what's best for you?


Before ADHD Teens Leave Home

Find an ADHD-Friendly College
Signs that a school will accommodate your unique learning needs.

Prepare for Freshman Year
How to stay organized and focused in a new unstructured environment.

Get Organized
Organization Help for ADD/ADHD College Students
10 tips for managing classes, studies, and work in college.

Stop Procrastinating!
Simple strategies for starting (and finishing) projects and homework.

Study Smarter
Ace Every Exam!
Strategies to help ADD students pass every multiple-choice and essay test they take.

Make Your Own Accommodations
Trouble securing necessary academic accommodations? Tips on how to be your own advocate -- in and beyond the classroom.

Stay Healthy
Avoid Impulsive Eating
ADHD-specific tips for avoiding compulsive and impulsive eating.

Reduce Anxiety Naturally
6 tips for treating anxiety without medication.

Foster Relationships
Social Skills 101
Simple strategies for making new friends, cultivating friendships, and improving social skills.

Dating, ADD Style
Relationship tools to help ADHD teens and adults avoid dating disasters and find love.

Find Work!
Match Your Skills to Your Career
Consider ADHD-friendly careers to make the most of your skills and talents.

Which Career Is for You?
Learn to evaluate your strengths, as well as your passions and interests, to find the best career path.

ADHD College Tool Kit

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More ADD/ADHD College Resources

Secret Study Weapon
"How procrastination and daydreaming helped me succeed in high school and college."

Final Exams, ADD, and Anxiety
"I learned the hard way what not to do as final exams approach."

More ADD/ADHD College Blogs

Do I Need College Classroom Accommodations?
"I’ve always done moderately well without accommodations, but it came at a great price. Should I ask for one now?"

What Accommodations Can I Request?
"How should I decide which accommodations to request? And will my college provide them?"

Join the ADHD College Group on ADDConnect

"How Can I Block Out Noise?"
"No matter where I go, it's hard to find a quiet place to focus." (Read the answer.)

"Why Can't I Stand Up for Myself?"
"I end up being a punching bag due to poor self-esteem." (Read the answer.)

More Expert Answers

ADD/ADHD Rhodes Scholar
How a Wellesley student battled dyslexia and learning problems to earn a Rhodes scholarship.

My ADHD Diagnosis Set Me Free
Diagnosed with ADD/ADHD as a medical student, one woman found the strength to pursue her dreams.

More Life Stories

Guides to College Applications
Two guides to help high schoolers and their parents navigate the college application process.

Making the Grade With ADD
Essential tips for college students, from freshman to seniors.

More ADHD Book Reviews


Preparing for College by Practicing Good Habits in High School

Back-to-School Help for Adult ADD/ADHD and LD Students

Checklist: College Survival Guide for ADD/ADHD and LD Students

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