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Do you have an opinion?
There are many controversies and myths about ADD or ADHD; I've addressed many of them many times. So I'd like to collect your viewpoints and opinions on any of them. Here are the main ones; let me know if I've left some out. Please comment.
1. Does ADD/HD exist?
2. Is it overdiagnosed?
3. Should it be treated with medication? dangers of medications?
4. What is the cause? (If you really want to know, check out the French site,…Continue
Posted by doug puryear on December 2, 2013 at 11:21am
This applies to anyone wanting to learn anything, whether or not a student, or ADD, ADHD, or not. For example, I'm trying to learn the towns of New Mexico.
To condense and oversimplify:
If you memorize something 100% and don't use it, you will lose 50% in three days.
If at that time you learn it again, it will take you much less time to get to 1oo% and you won't lose down to 50% for 7 days.
If at that time you learn it again, it will take even less time and you…Continue
Posted by doug puryear on November 30, 2013 at 2:39pm
Whether you have ADD or ADHD or not, there are two very effective scientific principles for studying - self testing and using the forgetting curve.
Studies have shown that the most effective way to learn is by testing - test yourself before you know the material and keep testing as you go.
(First, look at the book or your notes. See if there are headings, sidebars, summaries, or questions at the end of the chapter. Get a sense of what you are about to learn.)
Posted by doug puryear on November 28, 2013 at 2:30pm
Continuing the series on how to study with ADD or ADHD. Abhi reports:
I did my exam well. Could've done better, but did good. Now I know that desperate efforts never yield good results. We have to plan well in advance and do stuff. And If only We can make the effort to consistently follow the plan, there's no stopping us!
This experiment taught me some real good stuff about me.
1. It told me why last ditch efforts seem to save us, but…Continue
When we have ADD or ADHD, studying can be a real booger. Plus, lots of people don't know how to study (I sure didn't 'til second year med school). And then there's the difference between studying to pass a test, I mean like cramming at the last moment (did I mention ADD or ADHD?), and studying to actually learn something. Which is what I advocate. If you learn it, then you own it, and presumably it will be of some use or you wouldn't be studying it, or anyway you…Continue
Posted by doug puryear on November 21, 2013 at 5:08pm
The next ADD or ADHD post will be on how to study, with more good comments from Abhi. Then a neat one about how we keep keeping ourselves busy.
The current tip is on reading. If I'm hoping to retain anything I read, or sometimes even to follow a fiction plot as it unfolds, I need to…
Posted by doug puryear on November 19, 2013 at 5:21pm