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Do you get an anxious feeling when you think about school? Going to college is an adjustment for anyone, but when you have ADHD, the challenges are that much greater. However, college is a challenge you can handle if you go armed with the knowledge of a few extra things you can do to make sure your college experience is everything you hope it will be.
Do you have the 4 student qualities for success?
Successful students usually have four qualities that help them achieve their goals:
1. Sticking with things even when the going gets tough ( a.k.a. perseverance),
2. Ability to delay gratification and focus on the big picture,
3. Time management and organizational skills, and
4. Striking the right balance between fun and work.
Are you feeling discouraged already? No surprise. These particular skills don’t come easily to students with ADHD. Organizational problems, impulsivity and time management issues are actually the hallmarks of living with ADHD. You think, “If I just get this special planner, I’ll never forget anything again.” Or you promise yourself, “Next time I’m going to start working on my class reading at the beginning of the term instead of cramming right before finals.” It’s so easy to think, “If I just make myself do this… it’ll be fine.” But what if we told you that making yourself do it is the totally wrong approach?
Do you ever feel the urge to get organized at the end of the year? You aren’t alone. Just watch the seasonal items section of your local discount store in January where all types of containers and organizing systems will be featured.
You may have bought systems in the past, only to find they fell to the wayside. Professional Organizer, Judith Kolberg, offers an insight into why that may be the case:
Organizing, like reading, is a learned activity. Usually, we have a dominant learning style. The problem for people who are chronically disorganized is the organizing methods they are using are often not in concert with their learning style. For instance, if you’re a strong visual learner you can easily imagine the way you want a room organized in your ‘mind’s eye’, and you can mentally conjure up images of where you put things. But if you’re taking notes from a decorator, listening to verbal instruction or trying to use a filing index, those may not be your strengths.
Assess your learning style
Judith recommends checking out the learning style assessment provided by Ageless Learner. Then when you are planning your new system, keep in mind what type of learner you are. If you are a visual person, draw a picture of what you want your room or desk to look like. Make space for visual reminders of what you need to get done. Put things in clear containers so you can see where they are.
Get support while breaking in your new system
And don’t get discouraged. An ADHD coach can help you figure out what type of organizational system will work for you. And, more importantly, help you practice using it until it’s an ingrained habit that lasts beyond the thrill of setting up a new system.
Have you ever considered your learning style’s impact on how to get organized?