I have an 11 year old in 6th grade with ADHD. 5th grade was hard. In my experience, the medication did nothing to help my son’s executive functioning or memory skills. In my son’s words, it quieted his mind, he could form a full thought, and it helped him focus.
Again, just my opinion – but I think of the medication like a good foundation for a house. My son needs the foundation in order to build the walls, and he needs those walls to be able to install the lights, etc. The foundation doesn’t build the house itself. The medication gave him the mental clarity to learn some executive functioning skills. He’s developed coping strategies for “weak” areas. My son has had to work really hard even on the meds to be academically successful.