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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

I am taking 3 online classes this semester plus 1 on campus class. I love that I don't have to drive back and forth and keep up with everything, it's all in one spot here at home. I need complete silence to study and still I get distracted. I read and read and re-read. can take hours, days, to finish a chapter. My life is consumed with reading. It seems to work for me, I am making pretty good grades, better than some of the so called "smarter" students who don't read the chapters. And I make every effort to complete each assignment as soon as possible so I don't forget anything. I am usually the first one to turn in an assignment. I do this because it works for me. I also work full time so I don't want to get behind.
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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

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In case of essays, I do it vice versa - write down a vague word of phrase for each planned paragraph, and then build aruound it. First, my own ideas, then scan the planned reference material for anything relating to it, then pull it togeter with my own ideas.

I used to think you were supposed to do it this way..
I was an English major and wrote my essays the same way. But it did work for me! I excelled in my major.

But I've always hated being told how to perform and organize my research, e.g., I decided not to write an optional thesis because the professor tried to micromanage the process. Other people's methods have NEVER worked for me, not even in elementary school. I simply think differently and process information differently. When I'm able to honor that, I do well.
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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

When I was studying software development, I was gob smacked at the amount of people who were just cutting and pasting in code from webpage sources.

I mean... how on earth can you actually learn anything if you aren't willing to grasp an understanding of what it is you are actually doing.

Needless to say, all these people failed their exams because they didn't have their netpal to help them out.
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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

Personally, when taking notes I use a multi-color pen. (bic sells one with fun colors like purple, pink, and light blue) I used to take my notes on my computer but this was very distracting to me, and while it was helpful to be able to "command f" my notes, using the multi colored pen has worked 1000x better for me.

I know I will not pay attention to what the teacher is saying if I do not take notes and honestly, the conscious thought and action of changing the color for a new thought, examples, definitions, or whatever in my notes adds an extra component to help me internalize them! It also makes it easier for my to study from my notes because then I more or less have narrowed what I am looking for down to a certain color and it is clear to me when that particular point has ended in my notes.

Since I've started doing this I have been able to study less and get the same grades (Mostly As and some Bs) I was getting when I studied for hours and hours with tons of frustration!
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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

I had the same problem. Well similar. I learnt that I shouldn't just study at home. Different environments affected how I absorbed the material. The library worked at times. Cafes another. But what really made a difference for me was people... Your professor was right. However, find actual people to discuss what you just learned ( preferably within your department). Avoid friends with bad habits. In my case, I cut off those who skipped classes, and took drugs. Focus on your self. Believe in you. For me, I reached a point where I knew what I wanted from university. I stayed an extra year to take courses that I found stimulating. For instance, while working my way to getting my degree in English literature... I took courses in archaeology, geology, feminism, sociology and anthropology... I found that they were all linked. And my conversations and interactions with these people, not in my field, made me feel complete, more aware... And most of all, it made me feel happy with who I was CHOOSING to be... ME.

GOOD LUCK. Stay positive, surround yourself with good and different people. Stay healthy. Also, step away from your studying every hour or so. Let your mind think about what you learnt, and relate it to other subjects or fields.
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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

everything is last minute, i work best in the middle of the night when the outside world can't distract me....i work best under pressure...though things are going tits up at the moment...i curse myself for taking an extra credit module this year >.< the next few weeks will be fueled by ritalin, concerta and a collosal amount of coffee....bring it on
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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

Cram. That worked best for me. Pull all-nighters when papers are due, not b/c I wanted to but b/c I just remembered it was due the night before. I had some study buddies that we would get together the night before exams and study until the wee hours. I think what helped me the most was just relaxing at test time, I either knew it or I didn't now was too late to learn anything. I know some others had suggested reading the whole test before answering the first question, I employed the opposite strategy. I would dive right in start marking answers. If I had no clue what the answer was I just gave it my best educate guess, I figured at that point it was useless for me to waste time stressing about not knowing the answer. For the questions that I was unsure of the answer but thought I could arrive at the correct answer I would save them for last. Sometimes questions later in the exam would trigger my memory for an earlier question. For multiple guess exams I was always one of the first 2 or 3 people finished. I did not always get the highest grades but more often than not I finished in the top 3rd of the class. Even when I had to sit for my "Boards" the multiple guess portion I was the first to finish and got a little above avgerage scores. The part that sucked about that was you couldn't leave until the 1/2 way point. 4 hour time limit, done in 1-1.5 hours, but couldn't leave until the 2hr point(x7 tests). Quite obviously an AD/HD person did not write these tests nor were they consulted when they were developed.

My best advice for anyone is just relax, however you can, and you will do better than if you stress yourself out.
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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

Ok. So I'm in 5th year Medicine and this is our final year of exams. We've covered various rotations and thus there is A LOT of information. Our exams are not so focused on concepts but also memorized facts and definitions, management details etc. I have ALWAYS had a lot of trouble with study and exams. Our information sources at the moment are largely prescribed textbooks. I find writing notes helps me better then typing notes. But then I like typed notes for revision over written. Med exams can be so unpredictable and sly, that I get worried I'm not going to have learnt all the detail I need to know about a subject (I've been caught out in the past, so now it's become a learned response). Therefore I find myself writing really long detailed notes. Then I get caught up in the colours up use to highlight words to express there importance etc. And one of our exams (which is ALWAYS my worst) is based on cases and writing responses to questions about that case. So then I have difficulty in understanding the question and then difficulty in how to write my answer. SO... I would be eternally grateful if people could PLS possibly give me some suggestions on how to better my studying style/routine and exam application.
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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

so im an education major so most of my material is strictly memorization i have to know what this person did and when etc. and i cant work with flash cards they just dont work =P
i have to write notes. i literally read my book or powerpoints and just write outline notes. for me putting pen to paper is the only way it sinks in. its also because i am a kinesthetic/auditory learner.

the best advise i can give is to know what kind of learner you are and study based on that and im still having to work out how to cope with my ADHD and studying but medicine has helped
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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

I study best with self direction, if that makes any sense. I don't like to be spoon fed. I like to be told what I should be able to do, and then figure out how to get to the end product on my own.

My most recent example is in my grad school program. We are all nurses with a bachelor's degree or better. We are required to take an informatics course, in which we were expected to build a website from scratch (they took care of the domain and server space, and computers on campus have numerous high quality web editors).

All of my cohorts threw a fit and hated the assignment. It was foreign material, they didn't understand what FTP meant (or a thousand other related topics), and couldn't grasp relatively simple concepts (it's hard to understand a definition if you have to look up every word used to define something).

I was told to make a website with a bunch of random criteria, and just figured it out with google and trial//error as my only tools (It was an online course and the instructor put out videos but she talked too slow and rambled off topic far too often for me to get any value out of them...didn't watch any after the first week's lecture...)

This stuff was entirely new to me too, but I excel in this kind of environment. Almost like it's a game, like I have to figure out how to answer the puzzle.

I like to take this concept and transpose it into other learning objectives. Instead of just reading about a disease process, I will design a patient who exhibits all of those characteristics and figure out how I would diagnose that patient, making little algorithms to rule out differential diagnoses along the way. Instead of memorizing random drugs, I will try to answer a question like "What would happen if I took a therapeutic dose of this drug? what would happen if my wife did? What happens if I overdose on it?"

That's what I like to do. Alternatively (or additionally), simplifying and teaching content to others makes info difficult to forget

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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

I passed my psychology class by scanning through her powerpoints, and copying and pasting the buzz words. I try to condense her 30 or 50 slide long powerpoints, into something much smaller into a notepad document.

so each unit had like 5 powerpoints (or 250 slides) but then I reduce all that into 5 small notepad files. and then I try to memorize it. like cover up part of a sentence (usually a definition for a term) and ask myself what the definition/term was. just a lot of memorizing and cramming a couple days before the exam.

but not all classes were that simple for me. a lot of the time the only way I can learn something for a test is to study with friends. it's the only way I can pay attention, because I'm with friends and we can make each other laugh or have interesting conversations but then eventually we get back on track, and we quiz each other on information. so instead of passively trying to absorb the information from notes, we put each other on the spot and demand the other to recollect certain information.

I like studying with friends because we will take breaks, but usually there is someone else in the group who is the responsible, almost parent-like figure, who will know when to refocus.

I've tried seeing tutors in the past but a lot of them just look at me like I'm dumb when I draw a blank, not answering their questions.. I guess I just feel afraid talking to them since they're like experts on the subject and I hate knowing that they're getting exasperated dealing with another "slow" one. Same thing with talking to teachers. I mean I can feel comfortable talking to some teachers, but others, I would never want to talk to one-on-one.
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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

I'm "The Master Crammer." It's not for everyone.
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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

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okay i know all of this and am excellent at teaching myself and others, but how do you get your butt in the chair and keep it there?

i can sort of if i am scared and take a bunch of adderall
otherwise i am making a polymer to fix a floor, making my own inkjet ink
reading about surfactents, dispersal and suspension agents.

fixxing my still, designing a new truck for my skateboard and cutting it out of a block of aluminium, designing a dress with fur trim a drop back out of bias cut silk for my wife.
the new stuff with a touch of lycra, making chocolate from scratch, ie cocoa and cocoa butter, i blend a few types of cocoa...................


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man your life seems way too interesting to try to stay seated. cool stuff!
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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

Been in college for 3 years now. I was never into education except showing up to ace tests and never doing homework.

At first I was able to get into the work by making it interesting with getting a group together and hanging out in the library. Then it came more to if I listen to music and prepare everything I'll need before I sit down I can get maybe an hour of work in. It is really hard to sustain the same interest I had when I started; as all things go.

Now I just ensure I take notes of everything in class. Even though everything is already on power point I write it down and play around with the different highlighter colors and symbols. Then right before a test I cram or if a paper or homework is due I begin it in class and work on it as much as I can. Then schedule classes to have time sitting on campus in between everyday; not enough to leave just enough to want to stay; then attempt to compose the final steps of whatever needs done during that time because there is not much else to do.

Staying away from home and familiarity helps.
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Re: College and ADHD-How does everyone study?

I'm not one for tutors unless the person knows me and my abilities well. Scratch that. I usually am the one doing the tutoring lol I will talk with students in the years above as well as professors. I usually don't have problems understanding stuff as long as I'm paying attention. I usually work best alone or studying quietly alongside someone who will point me out each time I get distracted or get up from my seat or in a group that only meets to compare answers as I focus best when alone and tend to move pretty fast when focused. On the other hand, if I'm not that focused, I'll just create distractions for other people. Color coded notes don't make sense to me. My mind sees important points to know, maps of relations, and logic.

Oh, and I stick with writing things down on paper and notecards. Technology and flashing screens are good for programming, but not good for retaining stuff.
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