Managing ADHD

One of the most important steps in managing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in college is to acknowledge that it is going to be a different and more challenging experience than high school. The strategies you used in high school may not work in college, but we are here to connect you with resources that can help!

  • Contact the Center for Academic Success (CAS) at 864.294.2835 to schedule a meeting to discuss the many services CAS has to offer. The Center is located in Room 002 on the lower level of the James B. Duke Library. The Center for Academic Success offers tutoring, assistance with writing, and help with time management and organization. Visit the CAS websitefor more information.
  • If you take medication, take it as prescribed! We recommend visiting the Earle Student Health Center to discuss how you will fill your prescription(s) while you are on campus. Don’t change your treatment plan/ routine! Now is not the time to see how you do without medication or with a different medication. Stick to what has worked in the past.
  • Develop a regular schedule that includes adequate times for sleeping, eating, studying, exercising, and having fun!
  • Use a planner and reminders on your phone to keep you on track.
  • Find a place to study. Keep in mind your room is likely not the best place to study. There are many study areas in all buildings across campus. Find one that is away from distractions.
  • Start your day on time! If you have a difficult time waking up, set two alarms. Place one across the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
  • Place a white board beside your door. Write a checklist on the board so you have a reminder of what you need to remember that day.
  • Schedule your study time. Cramming the night before a test is a strategy that probably won’t work in college. Plan on at least two hours of study time for every hour you are in class.
  • Make time for yourself. Do something you love. This gives you a mental and physical break from the stress of college.
  • Go to class! You increase your chances of doing well in the class just by showing up!
  • Consider taking fewer classes, and only take classes that work with your schedule. If you take medication in the morning and it doesn’t take effect until 10 a.m., try to avoid scheduling early morning classes.