Going to college can be a massive transition in your life, whether you’re attending classes for the first time since high school or are returning to university to study for your online MBA degree. College study requires extra attention and focus, which is why students who struggle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other conditions, can find it extra challenging. However, this isn’t to say that your disability should get in the way of your success. We’ve put together some handy tips for college students with disabilities.
Start a Study Group
Often, studying on your own means that it’s easy to get distracted, so start a study group at your college and meet up to revise, swap notes, and chat about what you’ve learned. Not only will it be more interesting and social than simply reading through your notes on your own, it’s also a great way to learn new things and explore other people’s perspectives on topics, which can help you to develop both professionally and personally! Even if you are studying for an online MBA at Northeastern University, for example, you will still be able to use the campus facilities or find fellow students nearby on social media and arrange a suitable meeting place.
Seek Help When You Need It
College is not meant to be easy therefore there is absolutely no shame in asking for help if you feel that you need it. After all, that is exactly what people such as college counsellors, disability support staff, student representatives, and even your lecturers are there for, paid by your tuition fees! So, if there is anything that you feel that you need help with at university, whether it’s related to your disability or something else, knowing where to find the support that will be offered is important.
Self-reflection is a great habit to get into at university, which is why many degree programs actively encourage or even require students to write reflective pieces or keep a reflective journal. Regularly going back and reflecting on your past work and performance, identifying what you did well and what could have been improved, identifying issues that crop up regularly when it comes to distractions, and determining what needs to be done in order to improve in the future, will greatly help you to improve your grade at college.
Use Additional Resources
Resourceful students are usually the ones who go the furthest. Whilst at college, you will be able to access a variety of extra resources, for example optional seminars, study support sessions, peer support sessions, guest speakers, local events, networking events and more to help you succeed with your degree. Not only will this improve your grade, getting out and about means that you’ll meet new people and will constantly be learning new things, helping to keep your mind busy and improve your focus.
Student life and succeeding academically can be tough, especially if you have a condition that affects your ability to focus. But, there’s no reason why it should get between you and your success.