Hello to my ADHD peeps and ADHD loved ones,
Our first question is: How do I stay focused during studying?
This will be variable for a lot of people because we all study differently, but I think there are several things you can do to study more efficiently. Make sure to test out a few of these methods and figure out which ones work best for you or your loved one. I will talk about my top ten tips for creating more effective studying while living with our ADHD.
Tip number one: Create a Distraction Free Study Space
The most important thing to remember with ADHD is that at our core, we have problems with attention, and if we have anything that catches that attention it is very difficult to resist the urge to look at it. This is why I have my desk in a corner. I placed my desk in the corner because it doesn’t allow me to look out at the rest of the room and get distracted by my rabbits or pay attention to what is going on outside. If your study area is by a window, make sure to close those blinds because outside is filled with distractions and will likely cause issues. Before you start studying ensure that everything you are studying for that day is at the desk because that will make sure you are prepared and subsequently limit unwanted distractions if you need to get up and try to find school supplies.
Tip number two: Create a Consistent Study Schedule
Humans are creatures of habit, if we get into a consistent pattern, we are more likely to stick to it. This innate nature is really helpful for those of us with ADHD in creating successful study habits. Practice is going to make perfect with this tip. I suggest setting up a schedule and doing your best to stick with it. It is better to study one hour each day compared to studying seven hours straight on Sunday and not the rest of the week. This means pick a time that you are available to study and stick with it. It is easy to say, “I am going to study for two hours a day,” then proceed and wait until later and later until the day is gone. If you are a procrastinator it is going to be very difficult to find time at the end of the day to reach your goals. So, pick a time and schedule it as your designated study time. Once your body starts getting adjusted to a schedule you will have an easier time having a block of time set aside each day. You won’t have to plan or think about it, you will just know that from 4-6 is your study time. This will also allow you to create other plans accordingly to your study schedule. If you study from 4-6 daily you know that you can spend time with friends after that time, allowing for an easier time managing work/life/school balance.