How to Study Part 5 and probably last — ADD Tip o the Day 446

Even without ADD or ADHD, and more important if with, we need to use the standard ADD ADHD strategies and apply them to studying.

small steps – schedule reasonable amounts of time to study and reasonable amounts to learn in each block.  Schedule.

breaks – at least every hour, and use strategies to limit them

rewards – give yourself a reward for each accomplishment

one thing – focus on what you are studying right now; forget about what else you will need to do.

colors- use color in your notes, underlining, folder labels, etc

focus center – turned on by personal interest, novelty, challenge, or imminent heavy deadline.  Try to use the first three to turn on; try to avoid the last one.  If the material isn’t interesting, use your imagination to fool your focus center. (ex: imagine it’s a contest)

Everyone is different –  some people study best with another person in the room, some with music or TV or quiet, some standing or walking. Some can go longer than an hour without losing efficiency; this is rare. Some do better early in the day, some late.  Find your own pattern.

Ask for help when you need it.


bonus tip- when you start a subject, try to get “a kindergarden book” on it; something really simple you can read beforehand so you start off with some idea of what’s going on.

bonus tip 2 – any moment of spare time, driving, waiting in line, etc, you can review it in your mind.  If there’s a part you miss, review it asap.

the previous study posts    clik

other links  about studying   clik    clik    clik    clik

geographical note – the book is selling well.  Thank You for buying, recommending, reviews and comments.  Amazon shows where it has sold in USA – everywhere except Knoxville TN and a chunk of Nebraska. Why there???

About doug with ADHD

I am a psychiatric physician. I learned I have ADHD at age 64, and then wrote two ADHD books for adults, focusing on strategies for making your life better. I just published my first novel, Alma Means Soul. Your Life Can Be Better; strategies for adults with ADD/ADHD available at, or (for e books) Living Daily With Adult ADD or ADHD: 365 Tips O the Day ( e-book). This is one tip at a time, one page at a time, at your own pace. It's meant to last a year. As a child, I was a bully. Then there was a transformation. Now I am committed to helping people instead abusing them. The Bully was published in January, 2016. It's in print or e book, on Amazon.
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2 Responses to How to Study Part 5 and probably last — ADD Tip o the Day 446

  1. patty – me too. if i am taking a course, i take notes to study, but otherwise i take notes just so i can pay attention. its a good strategy.
    may i request a response from you on the controversies? i would sure appreciate it.
    as always thank you for commenting


  2. I have to have quiet when I study. If music is playing, I listen to the music. I also need to highlight or take notes in order to remember what I read.

    It took me a long time to realize that taking notes at church isn’t so I have a record of what the pastor said, it simple helps me remember and pay attention. I hardly ever look at my notes again. But if I don’t take notes, my mind is everywhere except where it needs to be.


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