Set realistic goals and priorities for coursework.
Be prepared to request “reasonable accommodation” in course work so you can learn
and demonstrate your knowledge of course material.
If you use books in an alternate format, order them as soon as you know what courses
you will be studying for the following semester. If you do not have a source for alternate
format textbooks, speak with the academic access.
Become knowledgeable and comfortable about describing your disability so you can advocate
for yourself with faculty.
Keep only one calendar with all relevant dates, assignments, and appointments. Do not try to keep a schedule in your head.
Sit in the front of the classroom to maximize your contact and to reduce distractions.
Use a digital recorder during lectures. Listen to the recording while you review your
written notes as soon as possible after class to refresh your memory and to fill in
Estimate how long a given class assignment will take, generally planning on two to three hours outside of class for every hour in class.
Build in study breaks; fatigue is a big time waster.
If you learn better by listening to others and then discussing what you have learned,
start a study group at the beginning of the course to meet regularly each week.
Make notes of any questions you might have so that they can be answered before the
If you are having trouble or feel overwhelmed, talk with the professor immediately.
If you know that you are weak in a content area, set up tutorial assistance during
the first week of classes.
Do not hesitate to seek help. It is critical that you link up with the Academic Support
Center before you fall behind in your work.
Answers to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey
Attention Disorder in Adults: A Different Way of Thinking by Lynn Weiss
Becoming a Master Student by Dave Ellis (Highly recommended for all students)
College Survival: Get the Real Scoop on College Life from Students by Greg Gottesman and friends
Driven to Distraction by Edward M. Hallowell and John J. Ratey
Learning Outside the Line: Two Ivy League Students with LD and ADHD Give You the Tools by Jonathan Mooney and David Cole
Succeeding Against the Odds by Sally L. Smith
Survival Guide for College Students with ADD or LD by Kathleen G. Nadea
What Does Everybody Else Know that I Don’t? by Michele Novotni
You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid, or Crazy?! by Kate Kelly