Turning In Assignments On Time

Filed Under: ADHD and College, Deadlines and Procrastination

Q:

"My professors say my ideas are great, but my grades suffer because I hand in my assignments late. Do you have any suggestions?"

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

To change your behavior, you must start placing as much value on the timely completion of your assignments as you do on their overall quality.

List the characteristics that make you proud of your work—it's original, unconventional, and so on - and add "completed on time" to that list. In addition, set deadlines for completing portions of each assignment, rather than thinking only of the project's final due date.

Finally, schedule appointments with your professors to get feedback about your ideas, discuss an outline, or review your progress. This holds you accountable—and shows your professors that you've gotten serious about meeting deadlines.

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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