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5 Study Strategies for Teens with AD/HD and LD

Study StrategiesFive Study Strategies for Teens with AD/HD and Learning Difficulties

Here are five strategies that can help teens with AD/HD and learning difficulties study, do homework and succeed in school!

  1. Take breaks.

For the distracted mind, it helps to know that there’s light at the end of a long study session. In working with AD/HD it good to make sure there’s lots of tunnels with light sprinkled in between. Set a 15-20 minute timer (or use a Time Timer, which we’ll be reviewing in an upcoming video!) and let him or her go get a snack, walk around, chat, do something on the computer and then get back to it. Breaking heavy duty studying up into smaller chunks of time makes it easier to digest. Also, don’t be afraid to switch subjects! It may help give a burst of creative or focused energy into a new direction.

  1. Set aside a specific time.

It helps to have a specific study time. Using a planner can help. Study time can be after school, 20 minutes after school, after dinner or any time that works for your teen. Having a specific time dedicated to academic work at home helps the young adult learn time keeping skills as well as creates structure that will help into adulthood.

  1. Use an area with minimal distractions.

Distractions are the enemy when it comes to focusing on a subject. Televisions, radios, computers, phones etc. can get in the way of the concentration necessary to learn. Find a quiet place that’s absent from these distractions, and let the distractions be part of the breaks.

  1. Get a whiteboard.

A whiteboard can help tremendously for visual learners. Being able to solve problems on a whiteboard allows the student to do problem after problem without having to get another piece of paper or trying to be conscious of space in a small area. This can increase the amount of study or work done for extra practice or catching up in specific subjects.

  1. Set goals that the teen can attain.

As with the breaks, it’s important to provide light at the end of the tunnel. If a paper is due on Friday and today is Tuesday, set goals around completing a certain amount of it Tuesday, a certain amount wednesday and so on, until the monumental becomes the inconsequential. Setting lofty goals can destroy self esteem when they’re not immediately attained. By setting closer, smaller goals and achieving them quickly helps build the self esteem required for making it through the school year!

Have a great semester! And remember, if you’d like some hands on help in an amazing environment, the Nationally Accredited Academy at SOAR is still accepting a few applications! Find out more here.