ADHD and Homework: Real-Life Answers for Real Life Questions

Today we’re continuing our series on real-life answers for real-life questions, addressing ADHD and homework.

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Here’s our real-life question…

Real Life Question: “I love learning, but when it comes to homework I’m totally unmotivated. I avoid it and come up with a million other “urgent” things to do instead. It’s really affecting my grades and now that I’m in high school it could impact my future choices. What can I do?”

Real Life Answer: First of all, you’re not alone. People with ADHD are interest based learners, so when a topic isn’t stimulating it’s super easy to let your mind wander. Here are 5 tips for making homework work for you. And don’t miss the bonus resources in the notes below!

5 Tips for Making Homework Work for You:

  1. When your brain is overwhelmed, make a list: When your list is floating around in your mind it feels a lot bigger than it is. Once you have your list, start on something you’re interested in or an item that is quick to finish. This is an easy way to gain momentum.
  2. Break assignments up and reward yourself: My son Ben talked about this in our video “How to be Successful in College with ADHD.” If you have a 5 page paper to write, write the outline and reward yourself with a break and a snack. Use rewards that motivate you.
  3. Compete with yourself: When you have ADHD there are often a lot of voices saying, “You need to do this, finish that, and get this work done.” Intrinsic motivation is all about curiosity, learning, and satisfaction. You could set a timer for 15 min. with the goal to complete 10 math problems or 20 min. to write 200 words for an essay.
  4. Get moving: Take breaks for physical activity and do whatever you love. Take a walk, have a dance party in the kitchen, play catch with your dog. When you exercise your brain releases endorphins, adrenaline, serotonin and dopamine. These chemicals all work together to make you feel good.
  5. Partner with a friend: Sometimes we just need some outside help to keep us on track. Studying with a friend is a great motivator, and can perk your interest when the topic isn’t your favorite thing.

Remember what it says in Ecclesiastes 4:9-10…


Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT)


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Bonus Resources:

“That Crumpled Piece of Paper That Was Due Last Week”

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