Learning with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder at Eastern Oregon University

If a student is experiencing frequent interruptions in concentration, lack of organization, trouble completing tasks, issues with multitasking, and hyperactivity, then they may have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); usually diagnosed well before college-age. 

For college students who have ADHD, it may be challenging to focus during class, which is vital to one’s success during their academic career. When it comes to quizzes and exams, this becomes a major problem for those with this disorder, as the student may experience an inability to retain information due to a lack of focus on course materials. This lack of focus can be unintentional and unavoidable, though there are tips to manage ADHD in a college setting. 

One of the best ways to prepare for college life when a student has ADHD is to pick a setting in which the student will be most comfortable. If other students are a distraction, picking classes with fewer classmates might be an option. 

Lack of organization may be the easiest symptom for a college student to learn to work with. Calendars and planners can be helpful for students to write down assignment due dates, as well as to see upcoming assignments. The Eastern Oregon University bookstore carries a variety of calendars and planners to pick from. 

Students who struggle past lack of organizational skills may consider working with the Disability Services Office (DSO) for accommodations that could be very helpful. Common accommodations for students with ADHD include distraction free testing, extended times for tests and assignments, preferred seating in classes, mentoring services, and more. 

While the DSO is a great option, students can also get help with assignments in the Learning Center, where student tutors work to provide support for their peers. These tutors offer help with subjects such as writing and math. The Learning Center also provides group study sessions as an option. 

The EOU library offers reservations for quiet study rooms for students, as well as a quiet, cozy coffee shop on the top floor. 

EOU provides many accommodations and helpful options for students who are finding it difficult to learn with ADHD. If you have ADHD and need a little extra help, don’t hesitate to utilize the services EOU offers!

The Learning Center is in Loso, room 234. The Math Lab is in Loso 232. However, students should schedule an appointment with a tutor unless they are stopping by during drop-in hours.

You can find information on the DSO here: https://www.eou.edu/disability/

Study rooms in the library can be reserved here: https://library.eou.edu/studyrooms/



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