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Study tips for learners with ADHD or Dyslexia

Two young people, laughing

We’re dedicated to being as inclusive as possible with our teaching, ensuring that no learner is at a disadvantage. To help demonstrate this, we’ve launched some study tip videos on Tiktok, and here’s a summary of the tips we’ve offered.

Study tips for those with ADHD

  1. Try to concentrate solely on your studies

    Some say that listening to music while studying makes the process more pleasant. However, it can distract you quite a lot. If you can’t go without music, try something instrumental or orchestral - and make your smartphone unreachable. If your smartphone keeps distracting you and you spend hours on it, make it hard to reach.

  2. Break down your assignments

    As with dividing up your total study time, you can also divide up huge tasks into smaller pieces. They won’t seem that hard and will be easier to manage. As a result, you’ll get a more stable workflow.

  3. Get rid of distracting thoughts

    Having intrusive thoughts popping into our heads is a sort of defensive mechanism when dealing with boring tasks. If you’re struggling to focus on studying, write down everything that distracts you on a piece of paper, then put it away until you finish studying.

  4. Exercise

    Exercise boosts your brain activity. Next time you decide to take a break between studying subjects, take a walk instead of sitting around.

  5. Prepare your computer

    Apart from installing the software necessary for your studies, get rid of all the junk. And, most importantly, remove all the distracting bookmarks from your browser. You know you’re going to use the Internet a lot, so make sure that nothing is in the way.

Study tips for those with Dyslexia

  1. Repetition

    You can help your memory, by repeating things over and over, writing things out, organising information into pictures and mind maps, putting information to music. This will depend on your learning style and your strengths.

  2. Underlining and highlighting

    Highlighters and coloured pencils are invaluable tools to improve note taking while reading. Try to make photocopies of relevant chapters and then underline important points and colour code the really key points. This can help you emphasise what is essential.

  3. Visual strategies

    If you are a visual learner, make the most of this by using your imagination and creative strengths by developing pictures codes in your notes. Make use of diagrams, charts and mind maps to link information. Try to remember things by forming pictures in your head and try drawing pictures in the book margin rather than writing everything. You could also convert what you read into a story or a film in your head. This would facilitate retention of information.

  4. Listening to information

    You may find it easier to listen to material rather than read it. Some software packages can allow you to do this e.g Windows voice typing. Alternatives include speaking your ideas into your phone. This can help you to clarify the ideas in your head and prevent you from losing them when you cannot write them down.

  5. Break tasks into manageable parts

    Break your tasks into several small steps and tackle just a few steps at a time. This can be less daunting than writing the whole essay or reading the whole book at once. For example, break down an exam question into chunks and focus on these individually. This will help you to be more organised.

For more content - follow us on Tiktok

We have around the clock support that we can provide for all our students with additional learning needs. However, if you’d prefer more informal support then do follow our Tiktok account, as we continue to post helpful videos on there.

Examples below -
Study tips for ADHD
Study tips for Dyslexia

Do speak to us if you need any further support. Contact our Inclusion team at als@kaplan.co.uk.

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Study tips for learners with ADHD or Dyslexia

Two young people, laughing

We’re dedicated to being as inclusive as possible with our teaching, ensuring that no learner is at a disadvantage. To help demonstrate this, we’ve launched some study tip videos on Tiktok, and here’s a summary of the tips we’ve offered.

Study tips for those with ADHD

  1. Try to concentrate solely on your studies

    Some say that listening to music while studying makes the process more pleasant. However, it can distract you quite a lot. If you can’t go without music, try something instrumental or orchestral - and make your smartphone unreachable. If your smartphone keeps distracting you and you spend hours on it, make it hard to reach.

  2. Break down your assignments

    As with dividing up your total study time, you can also divide up huge tasks into smaller pieces. They won’t seem that hard and will be easier to manage. As a result, you’ll get a more stable workflow.

  3. Get rid of distracting thoughts

    Having intrusive thoughts popping into our heads is a sort of defensive mechanism when dealing with boring tasks. If you’re struggling to focus on studying, write down everything that distracts you on a piece of paper, then put it away until you finish studying.

  4. Exercise

    Exercise boosts your brain activity. Next time you decide to take a break between studying subjects, take a walk instead of sitting around.

  5. Prepare your computer

    Apart from installing the software necessary for your studies, get rid of all the junk. And, most importantly, remove all the distracting bookmarks from your browser. You know you’re going to use the Internet a lot, so make sure that nothing is in the way.

Study tips for those with Dyslexia

  1. Repetition

    You can help your memory, by repeating things over and over, writing things out, organising information into pictures and mind maps, putting information to music. This will depend on your learning style and your strengths.

  2. Underlining and highlighting

    Highlighters and coloured pencils are invaluable tools to improve note taking while reading. Try to make photocopies of relevant chapters and then underline important points and colour code the really key points. This can help you emphasise what is essential.

  3. Visual strategies

    If you are a visual learner, make the most of this by using your imagination and creative strengths by developing pictures codes in your notes. Make use of diagrams, charts and mind maps to link information. Try to remember things by forming pictures in your head and try drawing pictures in the book margin rather than writing everything. You could also convert what you read into a story or a film in your head. This would facilitate retention of information.

  4. Listening to information

    You may find it easier to listen to material rather than read it. Some software packages can allow you to do this e.g Windows voice typing. Alternatives include speaking your ideas into your phone. This can help you to clarify the ideas in your head and prevent you from losing them when you cannot write them down.

  5. Break tasks into manageable parts

    Break your tasks into several small steps and tackle just a few steps at a time. This can be less daunting than writing the whole essay or reading the whole book at once. For example, break down an exam question into chunks and focus on these individually. This will help you to be more organised.

For more content - follow us on Tiktok

We have around the clock support that we can provide for all our students with additional learning needs. However, if you’d prefer more informal support then do follow our Tiktok account, as we continue to post helpful videos on there.

Examples below -
Study tips for ADHD
Study tips for Dyslexia

Do speak to us if you need any further support. Contact our Inclusion team at als@kaplan.co.uk.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion at Kaplan

Find out more

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Study tips for learners with ADHD or Dyslexia

Two young people, laughing

We’re dedicated to being as inclusive as possible with our teaching, ensuring that no learner is at a disadvantage. To help demonstrate this, we’ve launched some study tip videos on Tiktok, and here’s a summary of the tips we’ve offered.

Study tips for those with ADHD

  1. Try to concentrate solely on your studies

    Some say that listening to music while studying makes the process more pleasant. However, it can distract you quite a lot. If you can’t go without music, try something instrumental or orchestral - and make your smartphone unreachable. If your smartphone keeps distracting you and you spend hours on it, make it hard to reach.

  2. Break down your assignments

    As with dividing up your total study time, you can also divide up huge tasks into smaller pieces. They won’t seem that hard and will be easier to manage. As a result, you’ll get a more stable workflow.

  3. Get rid of distracting thoughts

    Having intrusive thoughts popping into our heads is a sort of defensive mechanism when dealing with boring tasks. If you’re struggling to focus on studying, write down everything that distracts you on a piece of paper, then put it away until you finish studying.

  4. Exercise

    Exercise boosts your brain activity. Next time you decide to take a break between studying subjects, take a walk instead of sitting around.

  5. Prepare your computer

    Apart from installing the software necessary for your studies, get rid of all the junk. And, most importantly, remove all the distracting bookmarks from your browser. You know you’re going to use the Internet a lot, so make sure that nothing is in the way.

Study tips for those with Dyslexia

  1. Repetition

    You can help your memory, by repeating things over and over, writing things out, organising information into pictures and mind maps, putting information to music. This will depend on your learning style and your strengths.

  2. Underlining and highlighting

    Highlighters and coloured pencils are invaluable tools to improve note taking while reading. Try to make photocopies of relevant chapters and then underline important points and colour code the really key points. This can help you emphasise what is essential.

  3. Visual strategies

    If you are a visual learner, make the most of this by using your imagination and creative strengths by developing pictures codes in your notes. Make use of diagrams, charts and mind maps to link information. Try to remember things by forming pictures in your head and try drawing pictures in the book margin rather than writing everything. You could also convert what you read into a story or a film in your head. This would facilitate retention of information.

  4. Listening to information

    You may find it easier to listen to material rather than read it. Some software packages can allow you to do this e.g Windows voice typing. Alternatives include speaking your ideas into your phone. This can help you to clarify the ideas in your head and prevent you from losing them when you cannot write them down.

  5. Break tasks into manageable parts

    Break your tasks into several small steps and tackle just a few steps at a time. This can be less daunting than writing the whole essay or reading the whole book at once. For example, break down an exam question into chunks and focus on these individually. This will help you to be more organised.

For more content - follow us on Tiktok

We have around the clock support that we can provide for all our students with additional learning needs. However, if you’d prefer more informal support then do follow our Tiktok account, as we continue to post helpful videos on there.

Examples below -
Study tips for ADHD
Study tips for Dyslexia

Do speak to us if you need any further support. Contact our Inclusion team at als@kaplan.co.uk.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion at Kaplan

Find out more

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Study tips for learners with ADHD or Dyslexia

Two young people, laughing

We’re dedicated to being as inclusive as possible with our teaching, ensuring that no learner is at a disadvantage. To help demonstrate this, we’ve launched some study tip videos on Tiktok, and here’s a summary of the tips we’ve offered.

Study tips for those with ADHD

  1. Try to concentrate solely on your studies

    Some say that listening to music while studying makes the process more pleasant. However, it can distract you quite a lot. If you can’t go without music, try something instrumental or orchestral - and make your smartphone unreachable. If your smartphone keeps distracting you and you spend hours on it, make it hard to reach.

  2. Break down your assignments

    As with dividing up your total study time, you can also divide up huge tasks into smaller pieces. They won’t seem that hard and will be easier to manage. As a result, you’ll get a more stable workflow.

  3. Get rid of distracting thoughts

    Having intrusive thoughts popping into our heads is a sort of defensive mechanism when dealing with boring tasks. If you’re struggling to focus on studying, write down everything that distracts you on a piece of paper, then put it away until you finish studying.

  4. Exercise

    Exercise boosts your brain activity. Next time you decide to take a break between studying subjects, take a walk instead of sitting around.

  5. Prepare your computer

    Apart from installing the software necessary for your studies, get rid of all the junk. And, most importantly, remove all the distracting bookmarks from your browser. You know you’re going to use the Internet a lot, so make sure that nothing is in the way.

Study tips for those with Dyslexia

  1. Repetition

    You can help your memory, by repeating things over and over, writing things out, organising information into pictures and mind maps, putting information to music. This will depend on your learning style and your strengths.

  2. Underlining and highlighting

    Highlighters and coloured pencils are invaluable tools to improve note taking while reading. Try to make photocopies of relevant chapters and then underline important points and colour code the really key points. This can help you emphasise what is essential.

  3. Visual strategies

    If you are a visual learner, make the most of this by using your imagination and creative strengths by developing pictures codes in your notes. Make use of diagrams, charts and mind maps to link information. Try to remember things by forming pictures in your head and try drawing pictures in the book margin rather than writing everything. You could also convert what you read into a story or a film in your head. This would facilitate retention of information.

  4. Listening to information

    You may find it easier to listen to material rather than read it. Some software packages can allow you to do this e.g Windows voice typing. Alternatives include speaking your ideas into your phone. This can help you to clarify the ideas in your head and prevent you from losing them when you cannot write them down.

  5. Break tasks into manageable parts

    Break your tasks into several small steps and tackle just a few steps at a time. This can be less daunting than writing the whole essay or reading the whole book at once. For example, break down an exam question into chunks and focus on these individually. This will help you to be more organised.

For more content - follow us on Tiktok

We have around the clock support that we can provide for all our students with additional learning needs. However, if you’d prefer more informal support then do follow our Tiktok account, as we continue to post helpful videos on there.

Examples below -
Study tips for ADHD
Study tips for Dyslexia

Do speak to us if you need any further support. Contact our Inclusion team at als@kaplan.co.uk.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion at Kaplan

Find out more

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Study tips for learners with ADHD or Dyslexia

Two young people, laughing

We’re dedicated to being as inclusive as possible with our teaching, ensuring that no learner is at a disadvantage. To help demonstrate this, we’ve launched some study tip videos on Tiktok, and here’s a summary of the tips we’ve offered.

Study tips for those with ADHD

  1. Try to concentrate solely on your studies

    Some say that listening to music while studying makes the process more pleasant. However, it can distract you quite a lot. If you can’t go without music, try something instrumental or orchestral - and make your smartphone unreachable. If your smartphone keeps distracting you and you spend hours on it, make it hard to reach.

  2. Break down your assignments

    As with dividing up your total study time, you can also divide up huge tasks into smaller pieces. They won’t seem that hard and will be easier to manage. As a result, you’ll get a more stable workflow.

  3. Get rid of distracting thoughts

    Having intrusive thoughts popping into our heads is a sort of defensive mechanism when dealing with boring tasks. If you’re struggling to focus on studying, write down everything that distracts you on a piece of paper, then put it away until you finish studying.

  4. Exercise

    Exercise boosts your brain activity. Next time you decide to take a break between studying subjects, take a walk instead of sitting around.

  5. Prepare your computer

    Apart from installing the software necessary for your studies, get rid of all the junk. And, most importantly, remove all the distracting bookmarks from your browser. You know you’re going to use the Internet a lot, so make sure that nothing is in the way.

Study tips for those with Dyslexia

  1. Repetition

    You can help your memory, by repeating things over and over, writing things out, organising information into pictures and mind maps, putting information to music. This will depend on your learning style and your strengths.

  2. Underlining and highlighting

    Highlighters and coloured pencils are invaluable tools to improve note taking while reading. Try to make photocopies of relevant chapters and then underline important points and colour code the really key points. This can help you emphasise what is essential.

  3. Visual strategies

    If you are a visual learner, make the most of this by using your imagination and creative strengths by developing pictures codes in your notes. Make use of diagrams, charts and mind maps to link information. Try to remember things by forming pictures in your head and try drawing pictures in the book margin rather than writing everything. You could also convert what you read into a story or a film in your head. This would facilitate retention of information.

  4. Listening to information

    You may find it easier to listen to material rather than read it. Some software packages can allow you to do this e.g Windows voice typing. Alternatives include speaking your ideas into your phone. This can help you to clarify the ideas in your head and prevent you from losing them when you cannot write them down.

  5. Break tasks into manageable parts

    Break your tasks into several small steps and tackle just a few steps at a time. This can be less daunting than writing the whole essay or reading the whole book at once. For example, break down an exam question into chunks and focus on these individually. This will help you to be more organised.

For more content - follow us on Tiktok

We have around the clock support that we can provide for all our students with additional learning needs. However, if you’d prefer more informal support then do follow our Tiktok account, as we continue to post helpful videos on there.

Examples below -
Study tips for ADHD
Study tips for Dyslexia

Do speak to us if you need any further support. Contact our Inclusion team at als@kaplan.co.uk.

Equality, diversity, and inclusion at Kaplan

Find out more

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