Studying with ADHD: hyperactivity and attention deficit disorder
Posted by primastuti dewi on June 21, 2010
You are not alone if you have
attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.
About 4% of school age children are also affected.
In addition, other students have one or a few of the characteristics of ADHD.
These strategies are suggested as part of a professionally organized program of assistance. They are derived from the American description of ADHD1. However, as a student, you also have your own personal learning style, including “intelligences” (c.f. Kolb), personality types (c.f. Myers-Briggs), etc. These will be helpful to know and develop in overcoming ADHD
|To help you follow instructions:
||Answering out of turn, or interrupting the class or teachers is normal for ADHD, but it is best to remember that you are trying to learn
|To take good notes is task for all students. These techniques may give you an advantage:
|To help you concentrate:
To help you remember:
|To help with details
Remember that making mistakes, or overlooking details, is not for lack of intelligence, but rather a characteristic of this condition.
Help with learning
| Take care of yourself; get the help you need:Patience is a challenge for those with ADHD.
If you are feeling angry, discouraged, or frustrated over your progress, find some support. Our learning involves family, teachers, professionals, as well as ourselves. We all need patience. Their messages should be steady and consistent, but try to understand if they aren’t always so.
According to the American Surgeon General “Inattention or attention deficit may not become apparent until the child enters the challenging environment of elementary school. Such children then have difficulty paying attention to details and are easily distracted by other events that are occurring at the same time; they find it difficult and unpleasant to finish their schoolwork; they put off anything that requires a sustained mental effort; they are prone to make careless mistakes, and are disorganized, losing their school books and assignments; they appear not to listen when spoken to and often fail to follow through on tasks.
… “There appears to be a “disconnect” between developmental or educational (school-based) assessments and health-related (medical practice-based) services.” (DSM-IV; Waslick & Greenhill, 1997).Mental Health, a Report from the Surgeon General, Chapter 3, as found at http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/mentalhealth/chapter3/sec4.html (December 11, 2000)
See also: European description of “ADHD” http://www.mentalhealth.com/icd/p22-ch01.html
Edits and revision with appreciation to Julia Nielson, Counsellor, Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada.
Being in Control. The Role of Biofeedback in Controlling ADD
by Jason Alster, MSc, http://www.lessontutor.com/ja_biofeedback.html
Includes a link to a bibliography on ADHD