Returning to college or university after the summer is always a challenge. Here are 4 tips to help make this transition a successful one.
Keep up to date with COVID-19 updates
With recent guidance being updated and face coverings becoming mandatory in many college and university communal areas. Wearing a mask is going to be something that becomes part of your daily routine and life for the foreseeable future. Therefore it is important that if wearing a mask, it is done correctly. The World Health Organisation has a really useful video on how to wear your mask safely, you can watch this here. Wearing a mask and following the other elements to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as regular handwashing and social distancing, will help to keep yourself and others safe.
Plan ahead & get organised
This may seem like an obvious one, but planning ahead can make a huge difference. Make sure you know which courses you are enrolled on, when the term starts, and if there are any resources you need. If you need to visit different campuses or need to travel to college, then plan your route out, giving yourself lots of time, so not to put yourself under pressure.
As well as planning ahead, it is important to get yourself organised. Keep your resources in an organised manner, make sure you have easy access to what you need, and it is easy to find. Create a designated study space with minimal distractions, with everything you need, keeping it tidy and organised. This will help you to stay focussed on the task rather.
There are lots of stationery items out there to help you get organised too. Some examples include planners, post it notes, to do lists, and notice boards. One that is highly recommended is The Work-Smart Academic Planner.
Technology can also be a great resource to stay organised. There are lots of productivity apps available and even something as simple as setting a reminder on your calendar, can help you stay organised. It is important to note that whilst technology is great but can also be a hindrance at times too, and too many notifications can be a distraction. It is all about getting that balance right. You might find Healthline’s article on The Best ADHD Apps of 2020 a useful read.
Set realistic expectations
It is important to be realistic with any goals or expectations that you are setting yourself. The last thing you want to be doing is setting yourself up to fail by putting too much pressure on yourself. By planning ahead and utilising your timetable, you will be able to make educated decisions, and hopefully keep your expectations realistic and achievable.
It is important to note that no matter how much planning we do, there are always going to be days that don’t go to plan. That’s ok, that is part of life.
Further help and guidance
If you would like further support with managing symptoms for you or a loved one, then do contact us at the ADHD Centre on 0800 061 4276 or via firstname.lastname@example.org for an in-depth ADHD assessment to improve your understanding of the disorder and to know what treatment method is fit for you or them.
Our clinical team of Specialist ADHD Consultant Psychiatrists, Coaches and Therapists are highly experienced and offer only the latest evidence-based treatments to ensure that their clients get the help that they need quickly, safely, and effectively. We offer a wide range of effective treatments which are always individually tailored to best suit your specific needs.
You can visit our website for further information and resources.