POINTERS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
- Get a professional diagnosis and ask for information about the disorder. Attention
Deficit Disorder represents a real challenge for college students.
- Develop a close connection with a physician, a psychologist, and other qualified
professionals. A professional can answer your questions and inform you of any
progress in the treatments for ADD, such as Neurofeedback.
- Educate yourself. Read books and other educational material about ADD. Learn
from other ADD persons and share your experiences with them.
- Educate your family. The more your family understands ADD the better they will be
able to understand and help you.
- Join a support group. Connect with national and local organizations for children
and adults with Attention Deficit Disorder. This will give you an outlet to relieve
stress while at the same time learning ways to help yourself deal with ADD.
- Have a positive attitude. Encourage yourself to overcome ADD challenges on a daily
- Participate in rewarding activities that will boost your self-esteem and confidence
level. In other words, spend a good amount of time on positive things at which you
- Contact your campus Counseling Center. Professional counselors can help you in
your battle with ADD. Through confidential sessions the counselors will help you set
goals, manage your time, and cope with everyday college life.
- Meet with the director of Students Challenged with Disabilities on your campus.
Ask for reasonable accommodations to meet your ADD needs.
- Meet with your professors and inform them of your ADD. Ask them to help you
achieve success in the class to the best of your potential.
- Practice smart scheduling. Schedule your classes to fit your personal
characteristics. If you are more motivated in the morning, sign up for morning
classes; or, if you are more motivated in the afternoon, sign up for afternoon classes.
- Consider scheduling a break between classes so that you can get outside for awhile or
clear your mind before your next class.
- Set goals for yourself. Write down short-term and long-term goals and keep them
where you can look at them daily. This will help you stay focused. Reward
yourself when you achieve your goals.
- Manage your time wisely. Keep daily to-do lists visible throughout the day and try
to maintain a consistent schedule.
- Follow a daily routine. It will be easier to deal with ADD on a daily basis if
your routine is clear and consistent.
- Use bite-size tasks. Break up lengthy assignments into smaller portions.
Larger assignments seem impossible for ADD persons. If they are broken down into
manageable portions you can set realistic goals for completion. Provide short breaks
as goals are completed.
- Monitor your progress. Keep daily records of school homework, grades, and
attendance. Ask for help in taking corrective measures in problem areas.
Reward yourself for jobs well done.
- Take care of yourself. By maintaining the proper balance of exercise, rest, and a
good diet you will be more in control of your ADD.
- Discourage negative self-talk. Talking down to yourself will only make matters
worse. It will also prevent you from learning from your failures. Change your
perspective on problems. Treat problems as challenges to be met.
- Learn how to control your emotions. Depression, low self-esteem, discouragement,
and anger can overwhelm students with ADD. Be prepared with coping strategies to
deal with negative emotions.
- Take advantage of your resources. Talk to your counselors and professors.
They are there to help you.
If you would like to learn more about Attention Deficit Disorder, call or stop by the
Counseling Center to make an appointment to talk with a counselor. The Counseling
Center is located across from the Lee Drain Building, next to the Farrington
Building. The telephone number is (936) 294-1720.