“If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid”
(not Albert Einstein, but it’s still worth quoting).

Being a student with ADHD can be very difficult.

It is quite common for students who live with ADHD to underestimate their abilities, with or without a diagnosis. It is also very common for other people to do the same. It doesn’t have to be this way.

It is now well known that the brains of people with ADHD work differently.


Most people live their lives with an ‘Inner Coach’ in their brain. This takes care of all the organisational stuff – scheduling, planning, motivation, remembering tasks, managing time, completing things. People often refer to this Inner Coach as ‘Executive Function’.

When you have ADHD your Inner Coach just doesn’t work very well. Sometimes it feels like it went to lunch and never came back. As a result, with ADHD, doing even the simplest of tasks can be incredibly difficult.

Some of the most challenging things can be:

  • Listening in class
  • Doing homework
  • Doing what people tell you to
  • Staying interested in a subject you have to study
  • Procrastination
  • Working consistently for a long-time goal like an exam or a project
  • Understanding the future consequences of what you do
  • Sitting still
  • Keeping your emotions in check
  • Staying out of trouble

Coaching can make up for the skills you just don’t have. A coach can help you learn in ways that actually suit the brain you were born with.

A very high percentage of young people with ADHD are also very gifted when it comes to intelligence. If this is you, you are what psychologists call ‘Twice Exceptional’. This can make the organisational and emotional difficulties of ADHD even more frustrating for you.

I work with you so you can:

  • Develop your own Study Plan;
  • Shift from a focus on problems to a focus on possibilities and opportunities;
  • Identify what resources you have available to you to support you in your learning;
  • Accept that no one but yourself can actually do the work of learning;
  • Come up with a number of study goals that are appropriate to your situation;
  • Establish milestones that will show how you are learning in a clear and measurable way;
  • Develop new tools, strategies and skills to support your long-term learning;
  • Reduce your stress;
  • Build confidence in your abilities.

To explore ADHD Scholarcoaching, get in touch.