“You’ll still be able to help Julie in college, right?” a longtime client with an ADHD daughter asked. Absolutely. The mission — and the need — remain the same: to help your student navigate successfully through college. Our homework coaches will meet their students on campus, helping them manage upcoming assignments, identify and schedule on-campus resources (such as a TA’s office hours) and generally stay on top of classwork.
If your student has benefited from your careful supervision during high school, they may have come to rely on your organizational skills. Now they are off to college, where no-one is getting them up in the morning or making sure they have their books with them. It’s unfortunately true that ADHD kids may be a little more immature or impulsive than their peers. It is too easy for them to become overwhelmed or “lose the plot” — that they are in college to study as well as have fun! Our homework coach can act as the wise older friend who will keep your student on track and hold them accountable for keeping up with their coursework.
Although our service is a little different from ADHD coaching, the fundamentals are the same — and it’s been shown to be effective. Here are two studies that showed that coached college students shows significant improvements in Executive Functioning.
Field, S., Parker, D. R., Sawilowsky, S., & Rolands, L. (2013). Assessing the impact of ADHD coaching services on university students’ learning skills, self-regulation, and well-being. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability (AHEAD), 26(1), 67–81.
Parker, D. R., Field, S., Sawilowsky, S., & Rolands, L. (2013). Self-control in postsecondary settings: Students’ perceptions of ADHD college coaching. Journal of Attention Disorders, 17(3), 215–232.