The College Try: Helping ADHD Teens Succeed in College

Use these strategies to give your ADHD student the skills, independence, resources, and motivation he needs to make the grade at college.

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Mix It Up in the Classroom

"Half of doing well at college is course choice," says Thum. "ADHD students shouldn't dumb things down, but they shouldn't overextend themselves either." Thum advises that students not load up on lecture classes, a poor fit for a kid who is easily distracted. Smaller classes or courses that require doing projects are better.

"Selecting the right courses can be tough during the first semester or two, because students don't know what they are interested in," Thum says. "They need to seek the advice of a dean or special-ed counselor, who can guide them. Poor course selection is a key reason some ADHD students get into academic trouble."

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