Coaching for learning, writing, reviewing and planning
- plan your term time routine
- review essay structure and narrative
- consider deadlines and preparation
- build motivation and drive
- better manage sleep routine
- achieve right study/life balance
- harness your right-brain thinking
- manage working-memory shortfalls
- figure out career options
Despite my personal university challenges, I have coached over forty ADHD/ADD students from undergrads to PhDs – some for the full degree duration. My experience is that coaching can significantly help an ADHD student at university. ADHD/ADD coaching will help you set routines, consider and plan long term study and writing, resolve structure in essays, improve your sleep routines, reduce overwhelm and stress, and significantly improve grades.
ADHD student support
We simply break down the problem and figure out a new, ADHD-friendly approach to fix it. For most ADHD university students creating a new routine or habit is the objective. We pay attention to your time. In our coaching we:
- review deadlines and work on weekly structure
- discuss essays quite often at depth to work it all out aloud
- determine the best time and place for a task – Starbucks or the library for revision?
- work on having as healthy mind as possible, whether meds, diet, sleep or exercise
- consider how you best study, in lecture, reading, what kind of notes to take
- discuss tools like mind-maps, to turn connected thoughts into linear essays
Our focus is your study, but being ADHD/ADD we’ll probably cover medication, sleep, diet and personal life to – it’s up to you. Book an intro call to see if ADHD coaching might help you.
ADHD student, disability funding
Funding for coaching is sometimes available for ADHD students in part or full-time higher education. Sometimes there are grants or bursaries, sometimes more comprehensive schemes are available. Talk with the university disability unit for direction and support in figuring it out, in England and Wales there used to be funding from the Disabled Students Allowance but this is no longer available.
Sadly, DSA has decided to cease support for ADHD students.
Unfortunately, Student Finance England has decided to exclude ADHD coaches from their eligibility by choosing to no longer accept ADHD coaching qualifications. More due to ignorance and stupidity than deliberate intent, SFE has decided to cease all specialist help for ADHD students. Asperger’s students, at around 1% of the student population now ironically have dedicated “Aspergers Mentors” whereas ADHD students, around 4% of students, have no dedicated provision whatsoever. If you are unhappy with this situation then let your Disability Centre know, as fixing the problem will come from students demanding support not from coaches making a fuss.
In the meanwhile instead of an experienced, qualified ADHD coach you will usually be offered well-meaning but inexperienced help from a Dyslexia study-skills mentor instead. Helpful in part but far from the expert understanding of ADHD and ADHD issues that a trained ADHD coach could offer. I am very happy however to coach you privately.