Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can be categorised as either inattentiveness or as hyperactivity and impulsiveness, although it is often the case that a student with ADHD may experience both these forms. With inattentiveness the student can still be quiet in class and it may go unnoticed for many years.

Signs of inattentiveness:

  • Getting easily distracted
  • Poor attention to detail, making careless mistakes
  • Being forgetful or losing things
  • Struggles to stick to tasks that are tedious or time-consuming
  • Struggles to listen to or carry out instructions
  • Constantly changing activity or task
  • Having difficulty organising tasks

Signs of hyperactivity and impulsiveness:

  • Struggles to sit still, especially in calm or quiet surroundings
  • Constantly fidgeting
  • Struggles to concentrate on quiet tasks, such as reading
  • Excessive physical movement
  • Excessive talking
  • Being unable to wait their turn
  • Acting without thinking
  • Interrupting conversations
  • Reduced sense of danger

ADHD is often accompanied by other special needs (e.g. dyslexia and anxiety). It is a developmental disorder, so it does not appear in adults without first appearing during childhood. With age, hyperactivity tends to decrease but inattentiveness can remain, causing some tasks during adulthood to be challenging.

Our tutors are provided with guidance and training to help them when providing tuition to students with special educational needs, including those with ADHD.

How our tutors approach students
with ADHD

Tutors will provide written notes as well as giving instructions verbally. It is important that tutors maintain eye contact during verbal instruction and break work down into manageable pieces. When working with a child with ADHD, tutors will avoid distracting stimuli in the learning environment and present information in different ways e.g. using pictures or diagrams. Tutors will test knowledge, not attention with students that have ADHD.