While the new opportunities, inescapable social scene, and newfound freedom college provides might be exciting for many students, it can be quite daunting and challenging for people with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Moving away from the structured life of the school to the greater responsibilities of college might take a toll on them. Here are 3 tips for college students with ADHD.


Students with ADHD have a tendency to be distracted so it is imperative to choose classes that keep your interest. Make use of the preregistration period and choose classes that intrigue you. Instead of selecting large lectures, go for smaller classes with multiple group discussions.  Go through the syllabi for each class to find out whether the written assignments and reading material are of interest or possible for you to do. Be realistic in your choice. It always helps to know your limitation and plan accordingly.

Students with ADHD have short attention spans so finding out what study habits work for you is imperative. Ask yourself where is your productivity maximum. Is it in your college dorm or the library? Find what works for you. Put your phone on focus mode so that you do not get distracted during your study hours. Find out what type of learner you are, whether you are a visual learner, reader, or listener. Stick to what gets the maximum work done in less time.  Give yourself breaks in between your study sessions so you don’t get disinterested.


One of the major symptoms of ADHD is executive dysfunction. To combat that, students must be able to organize. Use a calendar to make a note of all your deadlines, whether for social events or assignments. College professors do not remind you of due assignments, reading to be done, or any quizzes or tests. A calendar helps you a lot to stay on top of everything. With the advancements in technology, many new apps allow you to organize your time efficiently. A smartwatch can also help you keep track of all your deadlines. If you are still struggling and unable to meet deadlines, you can always reach out to your college counselors.

To maintain your focus, set one goal at a time and work towards achieving that. Make a list of all the things you need and minimize your distractions. Keep your work light and do not overexert yourself.


Poor adherence to your medicine can have drastic effects on your academic performance and overall general health.  If you are studying at a college away from home, try to use a campus physician rather than your local one. This way you can reach out to them at any time when needed. Ask your doctor for an evaluation of your dosage if the need arises.  Find a pharmacy that has a reminder system. Set alarms to take your medicine on time. There are also many apps that you could install for free on your phone that can give you good reminders. Always restore your medicine in advance so you never run out.

If all this does not work, do not be afraid to ask for help. Reach out to your college therapist or any professional in the vicinity of your college if you get overwhelmed. Tell him how you are feeling. It is vital to work on building a relationship or having that reference of contact before a crisis occurs.

Following these tips, people with ADHD can enjoy a normal college experience. Please note that this article is not meant to replace any advice you receive from your medical doctor or professional therapist but it is supplement information that you may decide to use as a guide.