Lessons learned from ADHD students

In coaching sessions with ADHD students, we often take the time at the end of the school year to reflect. We talk about what went well, what was more challenging than expected, and what they want to remember going into the next school year.

lecture hallOften, these students tell us how they would have started the year off better. They talk about the things they wish they had done sooner. They talk about the support they wish they set up before things got too busy.

For students with ADHD out there, we thought we would share some of these lessons learned. At the end of the school year, here are five things many students wish they had done sooner:

  1. Write down due dates on a calendar or in an agenda as soon as you get the course outline.

  2. Set up accommodations with your school's learning centre. Even if you feel like you don't need it, you might change your mind later. Get set up now so you have access to support if/when you need it.

  3. Look at the course outline ahead of time to see what's coming up. This includes looking at the instructions and rubrics for assignments and exams.

  4. Meet with your professors/teachers and clarify expectations for assignments or anything you don't understand. The earlier you do this, the more support you're likely to get from them.

  5. Get tutoring or extra help for subjects that you're having trouble with. Don't wait and assume you'll catch up on your own. If you're struggling with a concept, it can't hurt to get help.

This list is by no means comprehensive. We also know this list might have some "obvious" facts, or things you need to figure out on your own. Either way, these are thoughts from actual students with ADHD, so perhaps ideas for you to consider!


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