Coping With College

Q:

"I am in college and having trouble studying and getting to class on time. I take Dexedrine and it helps somewhat. Do you have any advice for keeping myself on task?"

ADHD expert Sandy Maynard helps your ADHD child learn basic skills sandymaynard.com Sandy Maynard
A:

If your school has a learning resource center, make an appointment with them to find out what they have available for study skill programs or tutoring assistance.

Find out what kind of learner you are. Most of us have a preference for processing (visual, kinesthetic or auditory) that affects the way we learn best. The majority of individuals are visual learners, and do well with reading assignments, but you may learn more easily with auditory or kinesthetic methods, such as discussing the assignments in study groups (auditory) or doing an exercise or activity (kinesthetic) that will help reinforce the material you need to know.

(There is a free sampler coaching course at my web site with a quiz to assist you in determining if you have a preference for visual, auditory or kinesthetic processing with some studying and organizational tips for each at sandymaynard.com.

The learning resource center may also be able to do some testing to determine this. The "Study Skills Guide" by Joan Sedita is an excellent book to help you improve your time management and organizational skills, as well as your study skills. You can obtain a copy by call the Landmark School in Prides Crossing, MA at (508) 927-4440.)

Many sports watches have multiple alarms on them that can be set to go off before you need to head out for class. It's a good way to remind yourself to stop what your doing and get going, so you won't be late. They are also waterproof and can be worn in the shower, if you have a habit of leaving it behind when you take it off.

Enjoy your experience in college by taking care of yourself. Eat healthfully, get the rest your body needs and have fun while you learn!

Sandy Maynard lives in Washington, DC where she operates Catalytic Coaching. She was instrumental in the development of The National Attention Deficit Disorder Association's Coaching Guidelines and a founding board member for the Institute for the Advancement of AD/HD Coaching (IAAC). Sandy lectures internationally and is a regular contributor to ADDitude.

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