It’s that time of year again, the most dreaded part of the semester for most college students, midterms. If you have ADHD, midterms can be even more stressful because lets face it, procrastination always finds its way into your study sessions. Before you start calculating how well you have to do on your exams, let us help take the stress out of midterms. Here are 5 helpful tips to help you study smarter and be successful on your exams.
Get plenty of sleep
We have all pulled an all-nighter expecting to become an overnight expert in the subject; however, the truth is those last minute cram sessions are not good for your health or grades. When you don’t get the rest you need, you are unable to concentrate, stay productive or retain information. While all-nighters are an ode to college life, try to avoid them. It’s overstated, but nonetheless true; get plenty of sleep!
No one said studying was fun, but you can make it more interesting. Boredom is the doorway to procrastination; so instead of forcing information into your head, try making what you’re studying memorable. What do we mean? When you’re highlighting use different colors for importance, make notes in the margins, doodle in your notes, read aloud or create funny ways to remember facts. Use your ADHD to your advantage.
Schedule study time
Many students with ADHD are quite intelligent; their downfall is poor time-management skills. The best way to stay on track is to think of college as a job. Plan to spend about 40 hours a week, this accounts for both class and studying. By scheduling time to study either in between or after your classes can better help you retain what you’re leaning.
Make a plan and stick to it
A skill college students with ADHD need to learn is how to assess and prioritize. Learning this concept will help you be less reactive and more proactive. Every week make a plan of what needs to be done. When you can assess what needs to be done versus what you could do, you’ll be able to prioritize what needs to be done first and take care of it.
When you have accomplished what you set out to achieve, you should reward yourself with something you enjoy. For example read for 2 hours then take a break and go get a cup of coffee with friends or catch a school baseball game. Whatever you choose, your reward should not be open ended; it should have a beginning, middle and an end.
Now get out there tiger, you’ve got midterms to conquer.
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