Ask the Experts

When ADHD Behavior Prevents Good Grades

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

A: To change your ADHD behavior, you must start placing as much value on the timeliness of your assignments as you do on their overall quality. List the characteristics that make you proud of your work-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.

Schedule appointments with your professors to get feedback about your ideas, discuss an outline, or review your progress. This helps hold you accountable – and show your professors that you’ve gotten serious about meeting deadlines.

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