I have made a career out of educating people of all ages, from elementary to adult learners. I get so much enjoyment out of the "ah-hah" moments and the look of the initial understanding ...
For the past 18 years, I have worked at a private special education school. I was with them from the start and so over the past few decades I have quite literally taught or tutored most academic and test prep. subjects. As a tutor, I take pride in doing whatever it takes to make certain that my stud...
Over 20 years ago, I was a college sophomore who had a difficult time getting through my freshman year. Classes seemed so much bigger and the organization required to get all of the work done seemed so much more difficult to me than high school did. I spoke with my adviser and was recommended to get some academic testing done. I was diagnosed with this thing called ADD and had not idea what it was or how exactly my affected my ability to learn, but at least I had a place to begin. Since that time, I have dedicated my life to working with students in need of something "more". The first tutorial I had 18 years ago was a high school Sr., recently diagnosed with ADHD, taking Algebra II. I was able to help him by teaching all of the organizational and time-management techniques that I learned in college, as well as explain the benefits to the disorder, such as being able to hyper-focus and multitask. What we, as educators, parents and diagnosed learners, know about ADD/ADHD is quite a bit. To an extent, everyone has some level of the disorder, but it is only recognized as a learning disorder when it's effects are detrimental to the ability to learn and function in a classroom environment. ADD effects the learners ability to organize thoughts and remained focused on singular tasks, especially those that may not be of immediate interest. ADD students are most noticeably affected in the area of time management. We almost seem to have our own internal clock that is just off from the rest of the worlds. We generally convince ourselves that tasks will take much less time than in reality, largely do to the fact that often even the thought of having to commit long periods of time to one activity or task, knowing that we have limitations, can create anxiety, further making us more distracted. ADD students are generally seen as procrastinators but again, this is attributed to a warped sense of time and poor time management skills. ADD/ADHD can be managed with proper medication, but it is just as important for students with ADD to learn applicable time management, organizational and study skills to be successful students.