How to Use Study Guides Effectively for ADHD Students

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]ADHD StudentsTeaching children with ADHD can be a challenge for both the teacher and the parents. As parents and teachers, you are constantly looking for ways to provide the best learning environment for your children and many of you are becoming more aware of their abilities to cultivate their learning capacity. As challenging as it be seem sometimes, the ultimate goal is to help children reach their full potential. There are several tools that are beneficial for helping ADHD students learn more effectively, one of which is study guides.

Utilizing the Right Brain

The right brain is intuitive and subconscious; it quickly takes in information and doesn’t require repetition. Children up to the age of six (which is often when ADHD is significantly prominent) have the greatest potential for developing their right brain to its fullest capabilities-making this a great time to incorporate study guides into their studying habits. Study guides when used in conjunction with textbooks it may help to the functions of the right brain and encourage their brain to automatically process what they are learning.

When to Use Study Guides

In many situations, an ADHD study may be able to retain more information if they scan the study guide before reading the book and then review it more thoroughly after reading each chapter. Scanning the study guide before reading the book will allow the student to highlight questions and instructions that are designed to encourage their thinking while reading the textbook. Make sure the child understands that the questions provided in the study guide are not supposed to cover everything in their textbook, but to instead address the areas that may require further information.

How to Use Study Guides for Various Tasks

  • When the ADHD student is having difficulty with tasks that require memory, use study guides to combine saying, seeing, writing and doing, which will encourage them to remember.
  • If the student struggles with confusion from written material, such as finding main ideas from a paragraph-consider using visual study guides that correlate with a copy of the class notes.

Test taking is one of the most common struggles among students with ADHD, so it is important to utilize a variety of tools that will help to encourage memorization. As far in advance as possible, arrange for the student to review the study guide that relates to the test materials. A great way to encourage memory is to use colored sticky notes that will be used in both the textbook and the study guide-put the same color sticky note on the same information in both materials.

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