Tips for Helping ADD/ADHD & Executive Functioning Students Prepare for Finals

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For students with ADD/ADHD and Executive Functioning concerns, preparation is even more essential. I always recommend to all of my high school and college clients to begin the studying process sooner rather than later.

Here are some suggestions to better help the process…

  • Meet with his or her teacher at least once before exams. Be sure to enter that meeting prepared with specific questions about content and items needed to prepare for exams.
  • Review the previous exams from teachers. Plenty of information about test questions, style and patterns can be learned through this process. If you know what you’re studying for, it is easier to prepare for an exam.
  • Begin reviewing notes and identifying any potential missing information. If notes are not strong, seek out a classmate and compare notes. For my clients with social concerns, I am encouraging he or she to seek out the teacher.
  • For students with IEPs or 504 Plans, it is important that they meet with his or her case manager and make sure any accommodations or modifications are in place. Parents can help with this too. Although I encourage the student to do this because it helps create self-advocacy skills.

For more information on my ADD, ADHD and Executive Functioning coaching, please visit To learn more information about some of the other services I provide, please visit and I can be found on Twitter at ADHDEFCoach. You can also find me on FacebookGoogle Plus and Tumblr. My good friend and fellow ADD/ADHD Coach Tara McGillicuddy invites me as a regular guest on ADD/ADHD Support Talk Radio. Tara does many wonderful things and you should check out her website here. Feel free to email me at or call 773.888.ADHD (2343) with any additional questions.

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