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Unlocking Your Memory: Strategies for ADHD Learners (11/12)


Welcome to our 12-part series dedicated to supporting ADHD learners and individuals with similar learning differences. In this article, we'll explore effective techniques for improving memory retention and understanding complex concepts, tailored specifically for those with ADHD.

Understanding Memory Challenges:

ADHD can impact memory retention due to difficulties with attention, focus, and processing information. Individuals may struggle to retain information in both short-term and long-term memory, making it challenging to grasp complex concepts and recall essential details.

Techniques for Improvement:

1. Active Engagement:
Actively engage with the material by employing multisensory techniques such as visualization, association, and hands-on learning. Create vivid mental images, make connections between new information and existing knowledge, and use tangible objects or demonstrations to reinforce learning.

2. Chunking and Organization:
Break down complex information into smaller, more manageable chunks, and organize it in a structured format. Use outlines, diagrams, or mnemonic devices to organize key concepts and facilitate easier recall.

3. Repetition and Review:
Incorporate regular review sessions into your study routine to reinforce learning and strengthen memory retention. Space out review sessions over time, and actively recall information rather than passively re-reading or re-listening to material.

4. Active Recall and Practice Testing:
Engage in active recall exercises and practice testing to reinforce learning and assess comprehension. Quiz yourself or others on key concepts, and simulate real-world scenarios to apply and solidify understanding.

Series Overview:

In the upcoming articles, we'll continue to explore strategies and tips tailored to help ADHD learners succeed in their learning journey. From self-care practices to navigating school or coursework with ADHD, each article will provide practical insights to support you along the way.


Improving memory retention and understanding complex concepts is essential for academic success as an ADHD learner. By actively engaging with the material, organizing information, incorporating repetition and review, and practicing active recall, you can enhance your memory skills and excel in your learning journey. Stay tuned for the next installment in our series, where we'll explore insights for transitioning from academia to a professional career with ADHD.

Tags: ADHD, memory retention, learning techniques, study tips, comprehension

Share your favorite memory improvement techniques in the comments below, and join us for the next part of our series!

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Dan Bailey

This is going to be interesting to read over time -- I'm ADD (no "H"), and over the years I've sort of stumbled into what I have to do to be able to be an effective learner. (I got through high school and college on my smarts, but certainly not on my ability to retain information.) Currently, my methodology is: read, watch, do, reinforce. So I'll read a book or an article on the subject, watch someone else do it (thank god for YouTube), and then do it myself, usually more than once. The reinforce part of this has been an recent addition that I learned from Derek Sivers -- I now make flashcards as part of the read/watch/do phases, and then a week later, I go through them. Anything I don't know/remember, I review. And then I hit them at regular intervals afterwards, until the stuff is stuck. It works great. Currently using it as prep work for the Azure AZ-104 certification.