ADD Adults Back to School, Part 2
Assignment #3: Assemble your support team.
This might include your physician, therapist, tutor, coach, or any other professionals you could turn to for help in setting long- and short-term goals, prioritizing, and addressing your needs.
Don’t overlook the valuable resource that will surround you—your classmates. Get to know a few who seem to have their acts together. Exchange phone numbers and e-mail addresses, so you’ll be able to clarify an assignment or borrow notes, if necessary. Join or form your own study groups.
Assignment #4: Get help from home.
As a mom, you may be used to doing it all. But that won’t be possible if you’re going back to school. Discuss your academic goals with family members and work out a game plan for sharing household chores and other tasks. Having a specific plan will ensure that your family’s needs are addressed when you’re at school or studying. (See Mom’s Action Plan.)
Assignment #5: Re-think your medication.
Going back to school will inevitably introduce some new patterns, such as staying up later to study. Work with your physician to create an optimal treatment plan, based on your needs and schedule. While you may have been successful in the past without medication, new demands can change the way you address the disorder.
Assignment #6: Gather the right tools.
Choose the planner you know works best for you and carry it with you at all times, even when you’re not heading to class. Buy a handheld recorder for taping lectures. Since you, not the school, own your books now, feel free to mark them up in any way that helps you focus on important information. If you’ve got a heavy reading load, see which books on your list are available in audio format and rent them.
REAL-LIFE TIP: If your school offers non-credit courses in time management and study skills, take them. While you may not want to display your SparkNotes version of a lengthy text at the seminar table, don’t hesitate to use these guides to supplement—and, occasionally, replace—reading full texts.
Implementing just a few coping strategies will go a long way toward academic success.
This article comes from the August/September issue of ADDitude.