College Confidence with ADD: The Ultimate Success Manual for ADD Students, from Applying to Academics, Preparation to Social Success and Everything Else You Need to Know

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Sourcebooks, Inc., 2008 - Education - 432 pages
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Everything You Need to Know to Find Success in College and Beyond

While college is a challenge for any student, the increased workload, complexity, freedom and competing demands make it particularly daunting for those students with Attention Deficit Disorder. But you need not be overwhelmed and you can succeed!

College Confidence with ADD will help you turn obstacles into opportunities and overcome social, academic, financial, and personal challenges both in and out of the classroom. Whether your goal is to get into the school of your choice, improve your grades, survive the experience, gain guidance and direction, or springboard into the future of your dreams, this comprehensive and essential guide will help you succeed.

Some of the many areas covered include:

-Choosing and applying to colleges
-Getting the accommodations you need
-Financial aid, scholarships and starting school
-Staying out of trouble, negotiating peer-pressure, and managing freedom
-Note-taking, studying and test-taking strategies
-Routine-building, prioritizing, and juggling competing demands
-Getting healthy, gaining focus, and finding your inner strength
-Overcoming depression, anxiety and fear
-Sports, social skills and establishing greater confidence
-Choosing majors, life direction, graduate school and future employment

Set yourself up for success from day one with College Confidence with ADD!

Michael Sandler is founder of The Creative Learning Institute and a practicing national ADD coach, author, and public speaker. He is a regular columnist for the national ADD magazine, ADDitude, and is a featured speaker at national ADD conventions. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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I was diagnosed with ADD late in high school and have been having one of the most difficult years of my life in my senior year of college. I recently began seeing a "ADD Counselor" at the health center to try and make the best of the semester but my workload has really gotten the best of me. I am pursuing a degree in Biomedical Engineering and am almost at the end of my rope! I have another grueling 2 years left of undergrad and my ability to see the light at the end of the tunnel has seriously diminished in the past few months.
I miraculously found the time to flip through this book at the University Bookstore for a split second before classes and nearly cried when I read through some of the things Michael Sandler wrote. I have read many, many books about coping with ADD and college/life/relationships etc. but I have never been so profoundly impacted by a ADD "self help" book. Mr Sandler's personal approach is a breath of fresh air in comparison to other aids I have tried. With every turn of the page, I kept thinking everything he was saying was exactly how I felt.
This is a guide to help us "ADDers" find the most effective approach to handling, not only academic life, but also personal relationships, finances, and emotional well being.
If you are a Teacher (HS or University level), seriously consider reading this in order to better understand some of the difficulties that about 10% of your students learn to make the most of.
If you are looking into this book for someone else, and ESPECIALLY if you are a parent of a student with ADD/ADHD do not hesitate to read this book. I bought the copy I was looking through and sent another to my parents.
If you yourself have ADD, just read 3 pages from any section and see what you think.
Bottom Line: This is a self help book from someone who has actually "been there done that". These are invaluable words of wisdom and ENCOURAGEMENT, and solid advice from someone who has traveled this bumpy road before.

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Succeeding with ADD
Understanding ADD
Taking Advantage of Technology
Choosing the College Thats Right for You
Applying to Schools
Planning Before You Arrive
Know Your Student Rights
Organizing Your Life
Academic Success
Life Outside of Class
Getting Help
Life After Graduation
ADD and Your Career
Be a Student of Your Life

Taking Care of Yourself
Juggling Your Finances
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Michael Sandler is the founder of the Creative Learning Institute and is a practicing ADD coach, author and public speaker. He writes a bimonthly column for the national ADD magazine, ADDitude, and is a featured speaker at ADD conventions. He lives in Fort Collins, Colorado.

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