Neurodivergence at Kenzie Academy: 7 Tips for Learning with ADHD

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At Kenzie Academy, we’re a community of learners, alumni, and team members who celebrate our differences and everything that makes us unique. We all live, learn, and work differently — and that may include living, learning, and working as someone who is neurodivergent.

Neurodiversity describes when the brain thinks, learns, behaves, and/or processes information in a way that is unique in cognitive functioning. Variations in the brain create neurodevelopmental differences, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and dyspraxia.

Kenzie Academy is a safe and inclusive place where people who experience life differently (such as with ADHD) can all learn and work in tech with success, confidence, and opportunity. Keep reading for tips, shared by our Academic Team, on how to learn with this disorder.

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7 Tips for Learning with ADHD

  • Turn passive learning experiences into active learning experiences

    You need to engage your brain more fully using multiple senses. Normal listening and skimming text are passive learning. You’re not absorbing much. Active learning maximizes the value of your time and improves memory and learning efficiency. (Get 3 tips on how to turn passive learning into active learning!)

  • Reduce distractions

    We can’t afford to have avoidable distractions. Distractions are the enemy of goals. Stay focused by turning off your notifications and using a Pomodoro timer app.

  • Structure your time

    Create a routine by setting automated reminders or alarms to remind you to focus on the right thing at the right time. Plan break times for you to take a walk and check your phone.

  • Forgive Yourself

    Don’t let one failed attempt to focus ruin the whole day or week. Try and try again. Persistence is key. Keep your eyes on your goal and build habits into your life that move you closer toward that goal.

  • Stay hydrated and get some air

    Learning science studies have shown a strong correlation between dehydration and decreases in learning efficiency. Similarly, the amount of carbon dioxide present in a room can affect cognitive processing. So sip on water and crack a window near your workspace or take a walk outside.

  • Limit sugar intake

    Sugar crashes can destroy focus in the afternoon. Avoid or eat sweets in moderation for breakfast and lunch, and if you do experience an energy crash, take a short 30-minute nap.

  • Take an exercise break

    When you find yourself unable to focus, get active. Sometimes the mind and body just need to let off some steam. Then return to your work to try again.

Lastly, we encourage Kenzie learners who may need support to reach out to your Learner Success Advisor. Our team is here to help you with your individual learning needs.

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