How to Study With ADHD

ASO Staff Writers
Updated March 29, 2024
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Common Challenges for College Students & How to Overcome Them

Studying can be daunting and stressful for any college student, but for students with ADHD earning an A in class or on an exam can be especially challenging, even when putting in the same amount of study time as students without ADHD. This is because students with ADHD may need to study differently to comprehend and retain information. Learn more about how ADHD can affect a college student and get expert advice on how to study better.

The 3 Types of Attention Deficit Disorder

ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, affects many children and adults but unless someone’s been diagnosed by a doctor, most people aren’t familiar with the different types:

8 Study Tips & Strategies

College is very demanding and a student with ADHD may have a hard time keeping up with some of those demands, but it’s not impossible. Psychologist Dr. Angela Reiter offers eight study strategies for the most common ADHD symptoms among college students.

In addition to these strategies, students who have been formally diagnosed with ADHD also have access to certain campus accommodations such as note-taking assistance, extra time on tests, separate locations for testing, priority registration and permission to record class lectures. To utilize these accommodations, students must let their professors and the campus health center know about their diagnosis. They should also contact their school’s Disability Resources Office (or equivalent). Most require written documentation of ADHD from a professional (sometimes just a letter, other times a psychological evaluation). 

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