Congratulations on being ready for college! You are one of the lucky few – only 22% of high school students with ADHD go on to attend college. For most students with ADHD it’s been a long journey getting here and you are probably a little worried about cutting it in college.
- Are you looking for a college environment that’s supportive of students with ADHD?
- Are you worried what will happen when you leave the structure and accountability of high school and home?
- Perhaps you’ve been swept up by the freewheeling life of college – and you know that having access to a tutoring center isn’t what you need to get back on track.
Read on! You aren’t alone.
College is an exciting time, there are so many new opportunities and responsibilities. But when you have ADHD, and are totally in charge of making all of your own decisions for the first time – it can be a recipe for disaster.
In fact, research has shown that as few as 5% of ADHD students who enter college end up graduating. The Edge Foundation knows how to help ADHD students be successful and we have facilitated a two-year scientific study to prove* that our model works.
ADHD Students are “At Risk” Students
Students with ADHD are vulnerable because ADHD impacts the higher portion of the brain that regulates Executive Functioning. ADHD students usually have Executive Function deficits in attention, planning and organization, prioritization, impulse control, memory, time management, and higher-order conceptual thinking.
Executive Functioning levels are well known by researchers to be a an important part of academic success. Experts agree that successful students usually have four qualities that help them achieve their goals:
- Sticking with things even when the going gets tough (perseverance),
- Ability to delay gratification and focus on the big picture,
- Time management and organizational skills, and
- Striking the right balance between fun and work.
If you have weaknesses in at least one of these areas, you may be at risk to struggling with ADHD in college.
ADHD students don’t have to be “at risk” students. An Edge Coach can help you learn the very skills you need to be successful in school.
Broaden Your Options
When you work with an Edge Coach, the options of where to go to school broaden. You no longer have to find a school that caters to ADHD because you can bring your support system with you!
An Edge Coach can help you:
- Get better organized,
- Achieve personal goals,
- Effectively manage your time and,
- Stick with things when the going gets rough.
Get Started Early
Students with ADHD shouldn’t have to fail before they get support. Students and their families should think about getting started with a coach even before college begins. Many students find they have a rough first term. But for students with ADHD, it is surprisingly easy to fall behind, and poor, or even failing, first-term grades can be a devastating blow to self-esteem and confidence.
Or perhaps you’ve already experienced these challenges. It’s not too late to have an Edge coach help you get back on track.
Our recently completed research* shows students who receive coaching have substantial gains in their overall approach to learning — in other words, they become more effective students!
Would you like to learn more about the techniques that research proves helps students succeed? There’s no obligation if you call us (1-888-718-8886) or sign up today to find out more about how ADHD coaching can make the difference between success and failure in school.
Choose Your School Carefully
If you still feel like you want to look into schools that are focused towards learning disabilities and ADHD, here are two references that can help you choose a school that will fit your needs. But remember, very few colleges and universities will offer personal coaching. The skills you need won’t be taught in the tutoring center or improved by using extended time when taking tests.
- Peterson’s Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities or ADD
- K & W Guide to Colleges for Students with Learning Disabilities, 9th Edition
Coaching Helps Students Succeed
Edge Foundation’s research study offers hope for students with ADHD because it definitively links coaching to improved Executive Functioning. And improved Executive Functioning means more success in school.
ADHD students who participated in Edge coaching sessions demonstrated statistically significant, higher Executive Functioning than ADHD students who did not receive coaching. *
Coaching has long been used by the corporate world to improve performance of CEOs and executives, but little study had been done until now on the impact this particular kind of intervention has on those living with ADHD.
While medication can improve academic productivity (better note-taking, scores on quizzes and worksheets, and homework completion), medication alone is not associated with skills like being organized, time management, or the ability to apply knowledge, all of which are critical in a successful post secondary education. Coaching will!
If you’re still on the fence about whether or not you need an Edge coach, today is the day to take the first step. If you need a little more convincing before you sign up, why not download our free guide to college success?
FREE ADHD and College Success Guide
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Included in the guide are 60 practical solutions for typical ADHD challengesincluding:
- Using creative ways, like music, to keep yourself on schedule,
- Working with your urge to procrastinate, not against it,
- How to study smarter, not harder,
- How to use fidgeting to stay focused, and
- 4 student qualities for success.
Sign up today to receive your copy. It’s free, jam-packed with tips and ideas you can start using today, and you are under no obligation to buy anything . What have you got to lose?*The Edge Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to helping students reach their academic, professional, and social potential through the support of personal coaching. For more on our research study visit https://edgefoundation.org/information/research/.