332 | ADHD and College Skills In Uncertain Times with Melissa Barlett

Did people notice that you had ADHD before you did? Eric and Dr. Melissa Barlett (known to her students as Dr. B) are Associate Professors in Life Sciences at Mohawk Valley Community College, Utica, NY. On this episode of ADHD ReWired, they talk about helping students return to college and adapting to changes in online learning.

Listen as Dr. Barlett explains how she was diagnosed with ADHD. She also discusses some challenges she sees with online learning because of COVID-19 and how she has adapted her teaching style to help her students.

Dr. Barlett shares her thoughts on what fellow professors face when they are forced to teach in an alternative way. She discusses what she expects to happen in fall classes, and how schools can protect students. Students with ADHD have unique challenges with virtual learning. Dr. Barlett offers some tips to help them.

Dr. Barlett discusses how to prepare for a pivot in a semester because the information is constantly changing and the situation can change. Community colleges have been set up to accommodate students with difficult schedules.

Dr. Barlett offers great tips and tricks to help ADHD students learn, particularly with all the distractions of the pandemic. You can reach her at the bottom of the page with any questions.

You’ll learn: [03: 18] Welcome to the show, Melissa! [04: 16] Melissa shares when she was diagnosed with ADHD and how her intelligence allowed her to fly under the radar. [05: 32] What caused you to seek a diagnosis for ADHD? [07: 30] Melissa speaks about knowing something was wrong once she changed direction in her career and got more administrative tasks. [10: 03] Listen, as Melissa shares some challenges she sees with online learning since COVID-19. [12: 10] Melissa speaks about how she adapted. [13: 05] What would you suggest to fellow professors struggling with learning a whole new way of teaching? [15: 24] Melissa believes that nailing learning objectives to the life skills that they need instead of detailed skills takes learning in the right direction. [21: 14] Listen as Melissa describes what she thinks school will look like in the fall. [22: 46] Melissa discusses how she believes we can keep students safe. [25: 36] Melissa suggests what students with ADHD especially can do to be prepared for online learning. [28: 40] When taking notes, make sure you write them in your words. Write a summary of the information you have read in a paragraph. [29: 50] Eric shares some strategies he used when he was in college. [31: 57] Your brain wants it to be easy. You can practice recall. [35: 04] It takes an intelligent person to understand this concept, but it takes a genius to explain it to a kindergartner. [36: 54] What are some other challenges a student with ADHD might face when taking virtual classes? [37: 44] They speak about going on rate my professor and check out their teaching style. [44: 14] Melissa talks about handling going back to class and then if COVID-19 spikes again having to go back to social distancing. [46: 51] Melissa discusses students not having regular hours because of jobs or children in her community college. [48: 22] Melissa says that community college is already set up for people with challenging schedules. [49: 53] What steps can students take to prepare for virtual classes? [52: 16] Melissa shares some final tips for students. [54: 42] Thank you for being on the show! [55: 35] If you are a regular listener, consider becoming a patron click on our Patreon tap at www.ADHDreWired.com Find Melissa Dr. Melissa Barlett @docbarlett Twitter | Facebook YouTube Use my Audible.com affiliate link for your favorite titles: d

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