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Study Tips for ADHD and Test Anxiety

Study skills help to reduce test anxiety, improve focus, and increase motivation to do well on tests. Good study habits are important for all students, but they are particularly beneficial for those with ADHD or test anxiety.

The Study Tips worksheet describes several research-based tips and techniques to improve how students study and prepare for tests. Some of the skills described include establish a study routine, set specific study goals, make studying a priority, and take care of your mind and body.

After reading through the worksheet, help your clients develop a plan to integrate the tips into their own study routines. Work with your clients to determine how their studying could be improved, and use the list of tips to make adjustments.

To learn more about treating test anxiety, check out our guide on the subject:

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