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ADHD and College and Higher Education

I am 27 and was just diagnosed with ADHD. Any college tips?!?

I am lucky to have finally found the root of my life frustration. But does anyone have any tips on how they broke their bad habits? I am currently taking medication and I am reading all of this great studying and organizing advice. But I still find it hard to even get started.

Does that mean I need a higher dose of meds? I just feel so worthless and lazy sometimes, but I legit just can’t get motivated. Case in point, I have a test tomorrow that I had all week to study for. I had such high hopes, but just never got around to it. Now it’s the night before and I am so not prepared! story of my life! I’m so tired of my poor decision making skills. I love learning. I love school. I don’t get myself.

Thank you for your time in advance


Have you gone to the DSS office on your college campus?  With a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, you can receive services from them.  Lots of schools call it something different, but it’s Services for Students with Disabilities.  They are very familiar with this diagnosis and they can help you with getting more time for tests, with keeping you more accountable and on track.  The key is going and asking for help and guidance.  It can help if you have to be accountable to someone else other than just yourself.  I would say finding tools that help can be more fruitful in your adult life than taking more meds; that’s just my opinion.  I am assuming you are being monitored by a psychiatrist if you are taking meds.  Lots of people with ADD/ADHD get through college.  It takes determination and commitment, but you can do it!!!  Go see the office on campus.  You don’t want to dig a hole you cannot get out of.  Good luck!!!

Posted by ToniC on Mar 27, 2014 at 5:37pm

I was able to finally get a bachelors degree after years of struggling to make it through a class with a passing grade.  Here are some tips that helped me:
1. Do not take more than 3 classes at a time if you are part time student and no more than 4 if full time and working a part time job. 
2. Take classes online or accelerated classes that cram 16 weeks into 5 vs the traditional 16 week classroom.
3. Don’t read the text book, just read the chapter summery several times to the point you can almost recite it. 
4. put together a small work group with other students in the class to share assignments. They want to pass also.
5. Get a large calendar on your wall to write down due dates for assignments and keep it updated. Look at it everyday. 

Hope this helps.  It took me 27 years to get a 4 year degree.  First 23 years I took classes over and over and ending up dropped when I knew I was not going to pass.  Until I set my mind to get this done, I found that traditional college classes were too long and I could never be able to pass them.  Online classes and accelerated classes were better suited to me and I passed those with ease.

Posted by spage_hasADD on May 08, 2014 at 7:46am

All this advice above is excellent. I would just add that clutter where you live and where you study can be very distracting. Spend a little time tossing stuff out and cleaning up will help you get mentally organized.

Posted by John Tucker, PhD, ACG. ADHD Coach on May 08, 2014 at 1:41pm

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