College Survival Guide
Practical, essential tips for college students with ADHD or learning disabilities like dyslexia.
Selecting courses and registering for classes can be thorns in any student’s side — but especially so for a student with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In her book Survival Guide for College Students with ADD or LD, author Kathleen G. Nadeau, Ph.D., lists these practical and helpful tips:
- Take advantage of early registration.
- Talk to other students to find out which teachers are best for which courses.
- Make use of the drop/add periods, the first week (or two) of the semester when you’re allowed to change classes. If, after the first few meetings, you find a class isn’t working for you, drop it and pick another.
- Talk to your professors about their knowledge of ADHD and LD. Select those who are most informed.
- Review the syllabus of each course after the first class, and evaluate whether the reading and writing assignments are possible for you, given the rest of your course load.
- Avoid large lectures. Instead, sign up for small classes with lots of group discussion.
- Register for more classes than you plan to take. This way, you can drop a class without having to rearrange your whole schedule.