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How To Master These 7 Study Tips For College Students With ADHD

Kiarra is a stay-at-home wife and mother of two and a half-time student. She is going for her bachelor's degree in Nutrition.

“There’s a bright side to ADHD, and that’s where all the shiny things are.”

— —Unknown

Students with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) have difficulty no matter where they go to college. Procrastination and forgetfulness can both affect one’s academic career. Despite the many challenges that ADHD presents, prescription and treatment options and tips and tricks for dealing with the disorder keep grades up.

College may be challenging for those with ADHD

While in college, I struggled to retain new information and retain it well. No matter how hard I studied, no matter how many times I took notes, and no matter how many chapters I read, when it came time for an exam, everything I studied for was no longer there, and I failed every time. I found out I had ADHD earlier this year. I discovered I had a disability, and, from that moment on, I started to develop and adapt to my skills. To be a productive student in college, you must know a lot about yourself as a learner and a person to be efficient in college. You will learn how to become more productive in college and how to create excellent study habits as a result.

With these 7 study methods, you'll be able to study harder and smarter:

1. Speechify


Not much of a reader? Speechify is a great tool to use. Speechify is a text-to-speech assistant reading aloud to you in a computer-generated text-to-speech voice if you have ADHD or other reading difficulties. It can read your textbooks, web articles, Google docs, and more. You can download it on your phone or use the Google Chrome Extension.

2. To-do List (Planner)

On a notepad, make a list of due dates and due dates. It will help you keep track of everything. It is also simple to use apps to assist you in keeping track of things if you do not want to use a planner. When you make changes or when due dates approach, these apps send notifications to your phone.

3. Music

When you’re trying to focus and concentrate, some of the most incredible music playlists to listen to are Lo-fi beats, white noise, binaural beats, Focus@Will, and other types of soundscape that help with ADHD.

4. Pomodoro Technique

The Pomodoro Technique is a time management method that helps you keep track of how much time you spend studying and includes short breaks. It’s beneficial for staying focused, getting work done, avoiding distractions, and remembering information you have learned.

5. School Resources

  • Disability Resouce Center

Colleges and universities have a department that helps people with learning disabilities. It’s called a Disabilities Resource Center (DRC), or a disability center, depending on which school you attend. It accommodates students who need assistance in note-taking, lab assistance, sign language, testing assistance such as extended time, and a reader. Some colleges will have you fill out a form and provide proof of your disability. You can also talk to your academic advisor for more information.

  • Support groups

There are a variety of support groups on campus during the school year. Adults with ADHD can enjoy having a support group, and establishing an organization is a way to help individuals in need if you don’t already have one on campus.

6. Note Taking

Make a habit of taking notes! When the professor starts writing on the board, copy what he writes. Your notes must be rewritten once they have been retrieved, and you should use a method that will work for you. I have three methods for note-taking if you don't have a particular method.

  • Outline Note-Taking Method


    In most cases, the Outline method has always been the number one in most lectures. The Outline could be a great way to take notes. Students use this method when it comes to classes, readings, and homework.

  • Cornell Note-Taking Method


The Cornell Method is as follows: Leave a two-inch column on the left-hand side of the page and start at the top. Another essential detail to remember is to leave a 3-4-line blank area at the bottom of the page. Once you’ve marked these sections, you may take notes as you usually do on the remainder of the page.

  • Mind-Mapping Method


The Mind-Mapping Method is a critical thinking technique in which students create a visual map that groups facts, ideas, and information.

7. Study Groups

Study groups are an excellent way to exchange and receive information, study with friends, and retain information. Educate your friends and classmates if you have ADHD because you never know if they have it or assist you with study tactics.

Wrapping up

Once you start doing these techniques, you will see results during or after the semester. If you're still having a hard time, try and talk to your professor or see a healthcare provider for assistance.


When it comes to lectures and still confused about something, don't be afraid to raise your hand and ask a question. If you still don't feel comfortable, ask the professor in private. The professors are there for a reason and are there to help.


If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment or share some of your study tips with me and others.

© 2021 Kiarra Cotton

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