Research indicates that college students with ADHD have a greater chance of failing and having to retake classes, getting lower grade point averages, and leaving college without graduating than students without ADHD. Despite the challenges, there are strategies that can help make the transition to college from high school easier and more successful.
A gap year is an experiential year typically taken between high school and college in order to deepen practical, professional, and personal awareness. A gap year can be especially important and beneficial for students with ADHD. Here are some things to consider if you are thinking about a gap year for your ADHD teen.
Many high school and college students have a lot of worry, anxiety and even depression because they aren’t sure what they want to do with their lives. ADHD can make those feelings even more acute. Recent research shows that when students look to external cues for a sense of self-worth can have negative consequences. An ADHD coach can help a high school or college student focus on their intentions and values as a source of self-esteem.
Have you ever been so far behind you considered dropping out? If you have ADHD, you aren’t alone. Students who have ADHD are much less likely to finish college than their peers. No one is keeping track of whether or not you come to class. It’s a time where you need solid skills in time management, organization and self discipline. Unfortunately, if you have fallen too far behind in your school work, you may not be able to avoid dropping out, but there are some important steps you can take right now to help get you through this difficult time.