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Calculus and ADHD
Posted:
Dec 30, 1999 4:08 AM


Hello,
Does anyone have ideas to help a college student with ADHD survive a calculus class (put off in high school and now coming back to haunt...)? Calculus is required (and vital) for taking introductory physics, as well as for enrolling in many other very fascinatingsounding biology, geology, and seismology classes, all subjects of interest. Although considered "gifted" (and apparently with very good aptitude for math), there are several mathrelated problems that need to be addressed. These include remembering formulas in the right order (e.g., 2a + bd^2 = c might become a^2 + 2bd = c), making arithmetic errors, organizing multistep work, focusing on the problems at hand, generally being reluctant to work on math homework, and becoming easily frustrated and/or bored, despite expressing interest in both theoretical/abstract and "realworldapplicable" math. Teaching approaches as well as ideas for tactics on the student side of the equation (no pun intended) would be most helpful. Thanks, Lisa in CA (krainium@uclink4.berkeley.edu)



