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Academic Coaching for Students with LD/ADHD


Academic coaching for students with learning and attention disorders can be an effective tool in transitioning to the college environment, as well as maintaining a healthy approach to college through out their time at SMU. DASS offers one-on-one support sessions with a counselor to address issues such as time management, organization, reading challenges, goal setting, and self-advocacy for undergraduate students with a history of a learning disability or ADHD. 

One important component of academic coaching is creating and maintaining structure. This can be a challenge for someone with executive functioning issues (ADHD), as well as recent high school graduates who have not had to navigate an unstructured environment. DASS can help a student identify what he or she would like to work on, and execute a realistic plan to address those issues. Being able to follow-up periodically with his or her DASS counselor makes the plan more likely to stick and increase the student's confidence in his or her own abilities. 

Academic coaching can help:

  • Identify study skills that might be more effective based on the student's learning style

  • Address issues of reluctance regarding medication, talking to professors, and studying in the library

  • Identify strategies for starting on projects, as well as following through

  • Cope with shame or guilt from past disappointments

  • Increase self-awareness that can lead to more effective self-monitoring

  • Create healthy eating, sleeping, and exercise habits to stay balanced


To Schedule an Appointment:

Current or prospective undergraduates may obtain more information or schedule an appointment to discuss academic coaching with DASS. 

Contact us at 214-768-1470 or dass@smu.edu


To Prepare for Your Appointment:

In order to provide you with the most effective services, please bring the following materials to your initial session:

  • The documentation of your learning difference — this allows the DASS Counselors to tailor services specifically to your learning profile;

  • Your SMU course schedule;

  • Your SMU course syllabi;

  • A list of any ongoing commitments you may have that impact your schedule (i.e. jobs, organizations, sports, etc.); and

  • Your calendar/planner (if you currently use one).