Organization Help for ADHD College Students

Expert advice to help ADD/ADHD college students get organized, study better, and succeed at school.


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Organization Help for ADHD College Students

Understand the importance of daily rituals and routines.

Many college students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADD/ADHD) find a coach helpful in managing their new lifestyle. In the book ADD and the College Student, Patricia Quinn, M.D., lists strategies that your ADD/ADHD child -- with the help of his coach -- should explore:

  • Learn to use electronic devices like cell phones, smartphones, PDAs, and timers, to remind yourself of things throughout the day.
  • Wear earplugs or headphones.
  • Use a large wall calendar to get a short- and long-term visual picture of what you have to do.
  • Plan for transition: Take time to wake up and do your morning routine. Set aside time to settle down and get ready to fall asleep. Take time to gather books and belongings and walk to class.
  • Establish a regular time and place to study.
  • Plan for long-term projects: Divide a project into smaller pieces, estimate the time required for each piece of the project, make deadlines for each piece as well as for the entire project.

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