Attention Deficit Disorder and Studying

A child that has attention deficit disorder (ADD) will often have trouble focusing enough to study efficiently.  By definition, having ADD means struggling to spend long periods of time studying and working.  However, there are little changes that your child can make to his study routine that will help him get more out of his studying.

Take Breaks Often

You may feel that children should work on school work until it is completely done.  For a child with ADD though, prolonged study periods with no breaks will just cause them to lose focus even more.  A better plan is to spend a set amount of time studying and then take a 5 – 10 minute break.  For example, spend 20 minutes studying for that History test and then let your child have a 5 minute break to run outside, have a snack, or even play a level of a video game.  If you are homeschooling, do one subject and then take a longer break (10 to 20 minutes).  True, the work may take longer over all, but your child will remember more.

Switch Between Subjects

If your child has several tests or quizzes to study for, it may help to switch back and forth between the subjects.  For example, if your child has a Spelling test and a History quiz, spend ten minutes studying the Spelling words.  Quiz him on the words and mark the ones he gets wrong.  Then switch to studying History.  After ten minutes of History, go back to studying Spelling.  Spending long periods of time on one subject can mean that your child loses his focus and is really just staring at the papers while thinking about other things.  Switching back and forth will keep their focus on what you want them to study instead of other things.

Find a Quiet Place

One of the best things you can do for your child with ADD is to set up a quiet place for them to work or study.  Remember they are easily distracted so any noise and chaos just pulls their focus away from their work.  Find a quiet place in your house where they can work.  Make sure they turn off any music, television, or video games.  It doesn’t have to be a whole room.  It could be something as simple as a beanbag chair in a bedroom that nobody else will be in.

You can help your child with attention deficit disorder study more effectively if you let them study for short time periods in a quiet place.  Studying is hard work for children, but it is important.  What have you found that helps your ADD child study better?

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