There are Many Resources Available to Help Students With ADD and ADHD
You’re headed off to college, but there’s one little problem. You have trouble focusing, because you have ADD or ADHD. Where do you start? In high school, there were resources to help you. In college, things move at a much faster pace. You may not be able to get the kind of help you are looking for. Thankfully, there are many resources out there to help you.
10 Simple Solutions
The book, 10 Simple Solutions to Adult ADD, walks you through what ADD and ADHD is, what your problems are, and how to find a solution to them. Rather than overload you with information, you’re given simple steps to overcome learning and concentration challenges.
On Your Own
On Your Own: A College Readiness Guide for Teens with ADHD/LD is a book that is specifically geared toward college and how to handle the fast-paced environment you’ll encounter there. The book is written by Patricia Quinn, MD and Theresa Laurie Maitland, and gives you practical advice on how to think about problem-solving, daily living on campus, and good study habits.
An Organized Life
4 Weeks to an Organized Life with AD/HD is a book that promises to offer practical and useful solutions for getting organized if you have ADHD. The book focuses on building a visual memory and visualization. Many people, even those without ADHD, can benefit from more visual learning and organisation skills.
Visual learning also helps improve memory and recall, according to some research, since many people are inherently or predominantly visual learners.
At Your Fingertips
Many websites exist for the sole purpose of helping those with ADD and ADHD. You can sign up to receive information, updates and newsletters at your fingertips. They include:
- ADDA: This is the website of the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, with a focus on adults with ADHD.
- ADD on About.com: This is a regularly updated and extensive resource.
- CHADD: This is the website of an organization called Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD), which offers a variety of helpful resources.
- ADD on WebMD: This is comprehensive resource receives updates on a regular basis.
Get a Tutor
If you’re used to getting personalised attention, you may want to turn to services like WyzAnt. These are tutoring services where you pay an individual to come to your home, or some other mutually-agreed-upon location, and tutor you. Usually, the tutors are also students, but they are at an advanced level or they are postdocs looking for experience teaching others.
Sometimes, the tutors are retired professors or teachers. These types of programs are really amazing in that you can get as much or as little outside tutoring as you need and you only pay for the time you use.
Of course, tutoring sessions can get expensive, but it’s often the only way some people can get the help, and focus, that is required to pass their classes. When in doubt, check it out.
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