Why ADD/ADHD Students Should Consider Online Education

As if trying to get any college student to focus on a boring lecture about the history of computers wasn’t hard enough, trying to get a disinterested ADD/ADHD student to do it can be nearly impossible. Maybe that’s why more and more families prefer that their children pursue a higher education online. Continue reading below to learn the advantages and disadvantages of online learning for ADD/ADHD students.

One of the more obvious advantages is the fact that online classes are designed for those who need a more flexible schedule. It is well known that students with ADD/ADHD are easily distracted by noises, lights or even their own thoughts. This can result in hindering their ability to retain vital information conveyed in the classroom. For some ADD/ADHD students, there could also be a certain period of the day where they can’t focus at all, for instance maybe after lunch. However, online education provides an outlet for students that need a more flexible schedule. It gives students the opportunity to be able to work when they can focus at their best, perhaps after a much needed nap or before a large meal. And if a distraction does occur, which they most likely will, the student can simply rewind to the pre-recorded portion of the lesson plan/lecture that they missed and listen to it again. It’s important to note that online classes are just as rigorous and complex as in-room classes, but the ability to re-evaluate missed portions of lectures can be very beneficial.

Secondly, those who pursue an education online will be placed in a more comfortable environment””their home. Many ADD/ADHD students are victims of teasing (even at a collegiate level) because most students are not educated about ADD/ADHD disorders and do not have a high tolerance for some of the outbursts that may occur in the classroom. Low self-esteem issues can be a direct result of constant teasing and misunderstanding. However, with online education, students with ADD/ADHD are not placed in an environment where this kind of teasing would occur. In fact, through online education they most likely will be able to gain more one-on-one attention from their teacher/professor and won’t get into trouble for disrupting the class. If they get antsy and need to move around, they can also do this without any repercussions or punishment.

While online education has many advantages, the fact that it’s online “” meaning it needs to be completed on a computer where access to the Internet is limitless “” might prove to be one of the biggest challenges a student with ADD/ADHD has to overcome. For any student working on an essay on their computer at home, the temptation to check email, YouTube, Facebook or play computer games every second is a battle almost never won. Is it safe to say that the allure of online distractions will increase with an ADD/ADHD student? Who knows. But these distractions are the demise of most college students. And don’t forget about the easy access to cell phones, television and gaming systems as well.

Lastly, an online education may not only hinder students from interacting with their peers, but also from developing new relationships. This isolation also can affect college students in regards to networking. Networking is extremely important when one is exploring career opportunities.

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