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7 Secrets to Studying Better with ADHD

Learn faster. Retain more. Perform better on tests. Yes, really. With these research-based techniques for studying with ADHD, teens can do better on exams without pulling all-nighters.

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  1. Terry Southern,

    Desperate to help my son with ADD study for the back to back math tests he’s dealing with in his first month of college for Aviation Maintenance, I found this article and your comment. What are the chances? The way they are teaching the math courses is counter productive to what is suggested in this article for best way to study and retain information. In his first 4 days of college, they already had two math tests, making it impossible to apply the 4 days of study rule that this article suggests. He is going to a tutor, but the program is moving too fast for even the tutor to keep up. My son is on his 5th math test in 2 and a half wks and it is kicking his butt. Terry, we could use your help from an ADDer Avaviation Mechanical perspective. Please respond to my comment so we can connect up. Thank you!

  2. Hi all, I love your article! In my 73 years, I’ve had to learn the old-fashioned way, trial, and error. When I road-raced motorcycles, I used visualizations because it was such a powerful tool! I also knew well-planned and written mission/vision statements were powerful tools. When I began my educational journey in 2009 after four failed attempts, I knew I had to do something different. I created compelling mission/vision statements and a vision that I knew would excite me whenever I envisioned it. In addition to the tools you mentioned, I added an essential oil defuser with my blend of essential oils that helped put me into my study state. Altogether, my lead-in to my study state took about 10 minutes, and I was ready. What I didn’t count on was that I was fascinated by every class I took in organizational psychology and couldn’t wait to study, which made creating a study habit relatively easy! I didn’t stop until I had my doctorate in organizational psychology/development and change management, with a dissertation on ADHD in the workplace! Almost five years after graduating, I still feel uneasy when I don’t research or at least create blog posts on helping newly diagnosed adults succeed with ADHD.

    Many issues plaguing ADHD folks who attempt to study stem from Executive Function Disorders. Creating a study habit becomes possible by addressing ways to get around those issues. Add an interest in almost every subject they study, and studying becomes virtually a craving.

    By the way, I LOVE your magazine! I mistakenly left a copy on a table in the breakroom at work, and when I finally got it back two weeks later, it looked like it had gone through combat! Since then, I’ll occasionally leave a copy on a table to see who picks it up. I work as a mechanic on commercial airlines, where an estimated 75% of my peers are also ADHD, with perhaps 50% unaware of it.

    Why am I not working in my field of study? Unfortunately, ageism is alive and well! Because I’m a very high-energy individual, an athlete, and they were desperate for techs, the company I worked for hired me for aircraft interior work. Would I retire if I could? Not a chance! I do still help ADHD adults whenever/wherever I can, and I would do that or ADHD research full-time if I could.

  3. Thank you to this author and the website for this, RESEARCH-BASED article. ADHD kids are impacted in their short-term memory. Get that information into long-term memory by spaced practice, retrieval practice, and practice exams. Wish teachers were more familiar with these proven methods and provide sample exams and study outlines several days (not the common, night before) before a test. This not only helps the ADHD kids, it helps ALL kids. If it is important to be on the test, it is important to emphasize and teach in class.

    More information on Research-based study habits and tips (consistent with this article) can be found here:


  4. I did not know sugary drinks can be a secret tip for people to study better who have ADHD. I always thought that sugar was bad for you and puts you to sleep. I also thought studying before sleeping will make you forget everything the next day. I always studied before a test and thought that was the best way to keep information in because we take the test right after.

  5. Seriously, I would like to thank the person or the team who wrote this blog page. I will give it a shot and see how it works out for me.

    Best Regards

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