Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Kathy Reviews - One Page At A Time: Getting Through College With ADHD by Phill Pappas

ISBN #: 978-0615523729
Page Count: 94
Copyright: 2011
Publisher: Phill Pappas

Book Summary:
(As stated by the author)

The book is part memoir, part self-help guide for students with ADHD, and it is based on my own experiences during my years in college.

The book is broken down into three sections: Home, School and Life. Each section focuses on issues that I dealt with during my time in college - from buying a laundry basket, to choosing classes, dealing with procrastination, and everything else in between.

I wrote this book, because I believe that if I had had something like this when I was a freshman it may not have taken me seven years to get through college. After graduating, I felt the need to write about my experiences so that other students with ADHD could have something that they could easily relate to and benefit from.

This book is written for seniors in high school and college students with ADHD.

Kathy's Review:

Picture that you're a high school senior or incoming college freshman struggling with ADHD, and your friend's older brother, a college grad who also has ADHD, has agreed to meet you for a cup of coffee to give you some advice.

That's the feeling Pappas gives you while reading this book. He's been there, and he wants to help you through it, too. He imparts his wisdom in the language of a young person, including f-bombs and other colorful adjectives. He asks forgiveness in case he goes on a tangent about Ninjas. This is accompanied by the first of his hilarious footnotes: "I like Ninjas."

It was at this point I decided I liked Pappas, and his book.

He systematically goes through tips on how a college student with ADHD can succeed in school and in life (and really, there's a LOT in here for college students in general - stuff that I wished someone had told me when I was back in school, when dinosaurs still walked the earth). These tips include organization of your workspace at home, how to study, how to schedule classes, figuring out when your peak performance times are, and much more.

And then there's the aforementioned Ninja tangent. It involves throwing stars vs. guns, and at first, I thought he was going for an analogy about college life, but nope - it was just a tangent about Ninjas. And it's funny, so you don't mind reading it.

This is a book I think any college student could get something from, but since it's directed towards those with ADHD, I think it's an excellent resource. I think college organizations that focus on ADHD should pass this book out to its members. And I salute Mr. Pappas for writing such an informative, humorous, honest book.


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