6 Study tips for ADHD

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a problem of not being able to focus, being overactive, not being able control behaviour, or a combination of these Download Adobe 2017 cc. If you are an ADHD student, what are your biggest challenges? Do you start a study time with every intention to focus, but find yourself thinking about 20 unrelated things? Or do you battle to finish assignments?

Organisation, focus, completing tasks and managing distraction! Here are some tricks and tips to help you with all of these!

1. Identify distractions.

Whether you need total silence or a hum of background noise to concentrate best, you know what works for you. Find that perfect space for studying – if studying at home has you thinking about other tasks, then move yourself to the library. Take some time to figure out what distracts you, and then avoid those places and situations.

2. Break study times into sections.

Just the idea of studying for a couple of hours without a break may make you want to do something else! Break it up into smaller blocks of time with breaks. Set your timer for short periods of dedicated study and take 15 minute breaks in between. Also set your timer for the breaks or you may waste an hour doing something else. If you really get into a subject and want to carry on, then do it!

3. Lists are your friends!

ADHD make prioritising difficult. Make a full list of everything you need to get done without putting them in any order. When it’s finished, go over the list and number the item in their order of importance. Do this for everything from study hours to assignments – it helps you to set practical and real goals.

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4. Use your technology.

Your smartphones has built-in calendars, timers and alarms – use them all! But knowing when to quiet the technology down is also vital! When you are studying, put your phone in airplane mode to cut out texts pings or social media pushes that will distract you.

5. Write down distracting thoughts.

Your brain is programmed to keep things that you don’t want to forget in the forefront of our mind – like paying a bill, walking the dog or making a call. But these are just distractions! Write down all these thoughts – get them down on paper and you can do them later. It will free up your mind to concentrate!

6. Move it!

Sitting still is hard for anyone with ADHD. If repetitive movements, like rocking in a chair, help you to remember what you’re learning, find somewhere to sit where you won’t feel self-conscious about moving around. When at lectures, try to be near the back of the room so you can get up and stand, if you need to. It’s important to avoid doing anything that distracts other students, like constantly changing position in a squeaky chair.

Source: AdditudeMag