Kids with ADHD are just as smart as any other kids. So then why do many kids with
have trouble in school? It's simple. Many kids have trouble sitting still, paying
attention to their work, or being patient and waiting their turn. Some kids get
bored quickly and talk too much in class. Many kids lose their work, or forget to
turn it in! Some kids need help from teachers, parents, or a counselor to learn how
to improve in those things. It's not a big deal to have ADHD, but it is important that kids
get the help they need.
Some kids with ADHD have a hard time sitting still or staying in their seat. This is
called feeling restless or hyper. It sometimes helps to be able to walk around for a
while, but the teacher must agree to this first! Many kids with ADHD get bored way too
easy, and they have a hard time paying attention to the work they're supposed to be doing
in class. They might talk too much or fool around too much which gets them in trouble with
the teacher. Or they might disrupt other kids around them, so those kids can't do their
work and end up getting mad at them.
Other kids don't get hyper in school, they mostly have trouble paying attention to
their work or to the teacher. This is called being inattentive. It might help to have the
teacher give a reminder (in a nice way!) when the student is daydreaming or fooling around
instead of doing their work. It can also help for the student to review instructions on
the board, or to raise their hand and ask the teacher if they forget what they're supposed
Some kids have trouble with organization. They don't remember which assignments they're
supposed to do, or just forget to take their homework and supplies home with them. It can
really help to use an assignment notebook and write down every assignment when the teacher
gives it. At the end of the school day, before the student leaves to go home, it can help
a lot to do a quick "checklist" to make sure that all books, worksheets, and
supplies are in the bookbag and go home with the student! At home it helps to have a
regular study time set aside, which is used only for doing homework and studying. TV
shows, phone calls, and video games will have to wait until after the study time! Many
kids think it's a great idea to have a separate folder for each subject, and even use a
different color folder for each subject. At the end of study time, or when all the work is
done, it helps to do another "checklist" to make sure that all books, homework,
and supplies go back in the bookbag. Put the bookbag by the door, and in the morning
you're all set to go!
Many kids with ADHD are very good students, who get all their work done and get good
grades. You can too, just make sure that you're doing the things which help YOU to
succeed! Your parents, teachers, and counselor can help you learn what works best for you.
The results will be worth it!
Here is a list of some things which help many kids do well in school:
THINGS TO DO AT SCHOOL
- Keep all assignments in their folders. Check the folder for every subject and make sure
you turn in your work!
- Before leaving school, do a checklist to make sure that you have everything you need to
get your homework done for the next day.
THINGS TO DO AT HOME
- Find a quiet area for studying at home that is free of distractions. Some kids like it
quiet, while other kids do better if there is soft music playing in the background. Try it
different ways and see what works best for you.
- Plan ahead! Don't put work aside until the last minute. When we have to rush to get
things done, we usually end up with sloppy or incomplete work. Give yourself enough time
to do a good job.
- If you have a large project to do, remember to "chunk it!" Break large
projects down into smaller "chunks" and do each step at a time. Plan ahead about
when you're going to complete each step.
- Use books-on-tape if it helps you to hear information as well as read it. Many people
learn and remember things much better this way.
- If it would help, keep a second set of books and materials at home to make sure that you
have what you need. Your parents can discuss this with the school.
- Study for EVERY test and quiz. Take a practice quiz or test the day before, which your
parents can give you by asking practice questions.
Proofread your work. People with ADHD sometimes rush too much and make silly mistakes,
so it's very important to proofread and catch your mistakes. If you type your work on a
computer, always use spell-check and grammar-check!