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ADHD-Best Tips for College Students Navigating Academics and Extracurricular Activities

ADHD-Best Tips for College Students Navigating Academics and Extracurricular Activities

by Lori Melnitsky, ADHD Coach/SLP

The start of every new semester is a time for students to prepare themselves for living on their own with all the challenges and freedom that come with it.

It may sound exciting, but as the clock ticks closer to the actual start date, students begin to experience anxiety.

For ADHD students, who might not have the same level of support or the same routine they've become accustomed to, this can be particularly daunting.

As the semester advances, it brings more responsibilities with a less structured routine. In addition, it means that there are more distractions, new people, and social interactions.

Many with ADHD have executive functioning challenges. This means they lack the skills to navigate successfully in school. If they struggled in high school they might need help in college planning routines and days.

Advice for Students With ADHD or Executive Functioning Challenges:

You can try and employ a number of techniques to keep up with your new college life. If you need help reach out.

1. Begin the Day Early

The manner and time you begin each day has a significant impact on your day.

You need to begin your day early if you want to get things going in the proper direction. Prevent being late to avoid the vicious cycle of sleeping in late, waking up late, arriving at courses late, and eventual low academic performance.

2. Be Mindful of your Emotions

It's common to have days when you feel like everything is overwhelming. The key is to pay attention to your emotions. Your capacity to concentrate and complete tasks might be significantly impacted when anxiety or sadness strikes. Recognize the emotion, take a few deep breaths, and seek professional help if necessary.

3. Strategy to Take on your Studies:

The most crucial thing you can do is to study in a way that works for you. This entails identifying a study strategy that is effective for you and staying with it. Shorter study sessions are preferred by some persons while longer sessions are preferred by others. Stick with what you find to be effective for you. Do not be afraid to ask for help.

4. Get Lots of Rest:

Everyone needs to sleep, but those with ADHD need it more than most. Executive functioning challenges bring challenges and lack of sleep can make it worse.

ADHD and executive functioning challenges often require a coach to help you develop goals and actionable plans. A consult will help you and your coach decipher what you need help with.

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