High school can be tough, but having attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, can introduce a whole new set of problems when you’re trying to get the grades you want.
But guess what – it doesn’t have to be this way!
Tip #1: Develop a good study routine
When you have ADHD, it can be hard to keep to a set schedule. But making sure that you’re fitting in time to study is key. A good place to start is by setting aside more time than you think you’ll need to study, so that you have plenty of time. This also means starting your work well before the deadline – a good way to combat that last-minute stress is to start your work the same day it gets assigned to you.
Tip #2: Use the Pomodoro Method
The Pomodoro Method is genius for anyone who struggles to concentrate. With this technique, the idea is that you work in short sprints, and take regular breaks. The way to do this is to set a timer for 25 minutes, then focus on just ONE activity until the buzzer goes off, and then take a five minute break. Do this three or four times, and hey! You’ll be done with your homework quicker than you realise.
Tip #3: Figure out what environment works best for you
Do you concentrate best in silence, or with music? Does working at home, or at the library suit you better? What time of the day do you feel your most alert? Everyone’s different, so think about these questions when you’re picking a time and place to study.
Tip #4: Practice active study habits
Study smarter, not harder, by being an active student. This can include things like: making flashcards to test your knowledge; explaining what you’re learning to other people; creating concept maps or diagrams of the course material; and making up memory games to help you remember.
Tip #5: Self care it up!
If you’re not taking care of yourself, it really doesn’t matter whether or not you use the Pomodoro Method or not. Take the time to exercise, eat well, sleep enough, catch up with friends and family, cuddle your pet, or whatever you like to do to stay happy and healthy. Your physical and mental well being affects your studies – it’s all connected, baby!
As with anything, you should focus on practicing healthy habits before everything gets out of control. Start by implementing these tips early, but ultimately, managing ADHD is a group effort! So don’t be afraid to ask for help – your family, teachers and friends can be an incredible support system for you.
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