Helping ADHD Students Listen Actively | Psych in 60


Helping ADHD Students Listen Actively

During a lecture or presentation students with ADHD are at risk for zoning out and missing information. The key is being an active listener and there are a few ways to accomplish this. Set up notes with “signposts” and then listen for key info along the way.

For example, if seven ideas about Lewis and Clark will be covered, set up notes with seven numbered “signposts” and anticipate those ideas during the lecture. This allows for a check at the end to see if any ideas were missed.

Taking notes by hand (with a pen, pencil, or stylus) promotes active listening much more than typing because handwriting promotes reformatting and compacting info.

Finally, have a set of questions to answer, turning the lecture into a search for clues.

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Dr. Craig Pohlman
Craig is a learning expert who has helped thousands of struggling students in his psychology career. He’s written extensively about learning issues, including the book How Can My Kid Succeed in School? He has three sons, so he has been up close and personal with things like cramming for tests, scrambling to finish homework, shuttling kids to sports practices, stuffing backpacks, etc. Follow him on Twitter - @DrCraigPohlman


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