Diagnosing and treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD), Burnaby, BC
I provide comprehensive assessments for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD)and related disorders in my office in Burnaby, British Columbia. This includes diagnostic services for children, adolescents and adults. Patients may see me on their own, or at their physician's request, for a diagnosis. These services, like any services by Registered Psychologists in British Columbia are not covered by provincial MSP. Often your extended health care provider will pay for these services. Ask your extended health care provider what costs they will cover as it differs from plan to plan. Patients pay for services and submit expenses to your extended health care provider for reimbursement.
Remember, your physician can diagnose ADHD, but sometimes they want a more comprehensive examination as what often looks like ADHD can be something else, and in many cases ADHD means other co-morbid disorders, such as anxiety, depression, OCD and learning disabilities. To understand an individual's work, academic or relational problems a comprehensive assessment is necessary.
As a clinician I only do comprehensive assessments of ADHD. These cost $1,200. After the testing we meet for at least one hour of feedback during which strategies and techniques are discussed and demonstrated that we hope will be helpful to you based upon the test results.
A comprehensive assessment for ADHD involves the following:
An initial meeting ($200.00) to discuss your current symptoms and history. Often patients come to see me who think they have ADHD and simply do not. I don't want to waste your time or money on assessments that will go nowhere so we carefully review your history, current symptoms and expectations before we start. Sometimes patients have limited medical coverage, and what resources they have are better spent with a few skill training sessions.
A comprehensive assessment. A comprehensive assessment means completing the the customary forms and self-reports you may already have completed, as well as a personality assessment, screening for alternative causes for your symptoms, and a neuropsychological assessment to understand your cognitive strengths and weaknesses. This takes from 2-3 hours, occasionally longer for those who might have difficulty with the tests.
ADHD presents very differently in different people. Some individuals have difficulty with prioritizing, others with organization, some have difficulty with simple focus and memory, others have difficulty with complex focus and memory, some have working memory problems, others have weaknesses in verbal recall, others with non-verbal recall, many have learning disabilities. Other's have difficulty do to slow processing speeds. As part of this process we also do screenings for depression, anxiety and related issues. Whenever possible additional information is gathered from people who know you.
After the assessment is completed a written report is prepared and we meet a third time to review your assessment results and go over a plan of action.
Some individuals who are attending school/college/university and are having serious learning difficulties need a different type of testing, they need a psychoeducational assessment. This is a separate procedure, but includes an assessment for ADHD. We will discuss the type of assessment you need during our initial meeting. If you are expecting accommodations at school/college/university you should check with their disability services office to see what type of test they are expecting and will accept.
If you are involved in a legal matter, such having been involved in a motor vehicle accident, you feel under threat of losing your job, or action that has already been taken at work because of ADHD like symptoms, you also need a different type of assessment. This is called a "forensic" assessment, and addresses specific issues that employers and courts need in the procedure. This type of testing, as with any testing that is related to a legal issue, MUST be arranged by your lawyer/solicitor.
ABOUT my background and training
I have been providing services for children, adolescents and adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD) for over thirty years. This includes comprehensive ADHD/ADD testing/diagnosis with the aim of obtaining appropriate school, work and testing accommodations and supportive service, as well as individual behavioural treatment, such as skill development, to deal with deficit areas such as planning, attention, organization, and procrastination. I have also provide teacher training and classroom consultations about ADHD for school districts in BC, NY and California. As a former classroom teacher, special education supervisor and behavioural consultant I bring a unique set of skills and perspective to this work.
ADHD testing and assessment (neuropsychological and psycho-educational assessments)
ADHD Treatment Plans for home, work and school
Couple and Relationship Counselling for ADHD related issues for patients who have been assessed
Training for problems with focus, concentration, reading, planning and procrastination and anger management (I no longer use Cogmed and other training programs for deficits in working memory and will be happy to discuss these issues with you)
Assistance with obtaining appropriate accommodations and services through your school, college, university or workplace
You may be asked to complete a number of forms before you come in for your appointment. They can be found by clicking here.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Well, I think I have ADHD. Where do we start?
All treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD/ADD) begins with a comprehensive assessment.
ADHD is a very general diagnosis and it doesn’t tell us much about the specific problems you as an individual are having with ADHD. If your medical doctor has told you he or she suspects ADHD, it might be ADHD Inattentive Type, where we see an individual unable to focus, concentrate, having difficulty planning or completing tasks, or it it might be ADHD Hyperactive Type, in which the main problems you face is an inability to sit still, the need to constantly move around or fiddle with things (and people with ADHD Inattentive Type might have no problem with this issue what-so-ever!), or it might be ADHD Combined Type, in which the symptoms of ADHD take in both the problems with attention/focus/planning and excessive movement and fidgeting. And within each of these specific types of ADHD there are individual differences in the severity of symptoms, and how we can tolerate them. Testing also helps us differentiate symptoms that look like ADHD from other things, such as depression, anxiety, mood disorders or related "executive dysfunctions." Many people are diagnosed with ADHD who in reality have something else.
Can I get services from my MD?
Isn’t a medical doctor necessary to diagnose ADHD?
Yes, your MD can diagnose ADHD, but many prefer to have the disorder diagnosed by a registered or licensed psychologist. While a psychologist can diagnose ADHD, and provide interventions and treatments, psychologists do not provide medication. Medication is provided by other health care professionals. Why do many medical doctors prefer you to see a qualified psychologist about ADHD? Because they may not have the expertise to do a full diagnosis, which often involves not just a simple checklist of ADHD or ADD symptoms, but also ruling out other possible reasons for the symptoms you or your child may be experiencing. This means completing testing and an extensive history taking, your MD may simply not have time to complete.
Of course, some MDs are able and willing to do a diagnosis of ADHD for you and will use these simple scales. In my Burnaby office I usually see many patients who are referred by their MD after they have already met the criteria for ADHD. But a deeper understanding of your symptoms is needed. Remember in approximately 50% of cases ADHD/ ADD are associated with co-morbid disorders such as learning disabilities, language deficits and behavioural problems.
Your MD, however, is often able to complete an initial diagnosis under your provincial MSP, which is free to you. Services from a psychologist must be paid by your extended health care provider, your employer or through self pay. This is a very legitimate concern.
Is a neuropsychological assessment necessary for an ADHD diagnosis?
No. The neuro-cognitive (neuropsychological) assessment that I provide for those with ADHD includes, but is not limited to, issues such as verbal memory, visual memory, processing speed, executive function (decision-making, picking out what is important or salient, impulsivity and emotional control), psychomotor speed, reaction time, complex attention, cognitive flexibility and long-term attention and focus. Through this testing we learn about how ADHD affects your flexibility of thinking, concept formation, problem solving, planning, creativity, impulse control, emotional stability, inhibition and procrastination (an inability to switch from one task to another). This information is often helpful in determining where to focus our interventions, not only telling us about the weaknesses you may have due to ADHD, but also pointing out your cognitive strengths and affinities. This helps us develop strategies based upon your strengths.
How do i know i have adhd and not something else? i understand a lot of people get diagnosed with adhd who don't have adhd?
In addition to these neuropsychological tests and extensive history taking we also look at factors that might direct us towards other or co-morbid diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, learning disabilities and so on. ADHD is known for being found in combination (co-morbid) with several of these other disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Sometimes these disorders mask the nature of the ADHD. Sometimes we can mistake another disorder for ADHD. So along with the comprehensive neuropsychological assessment we also look at personality issues that help in ruling out other possible causes for the issues that you are concerned about. This is a particularly helpful for medical doctors who often send their patients to me for help as they are often not equipped or experienced in this level of diagnosis. This information helps your medical doctor in making better choices in terms of medication if you and your doctor make a choice to explore medication for your ADHD. Finally, we complete a comprehensive behavioural and developmental history that also helps us understand your problems, how ADHD may effect your day to day life at work, home or school, and how we might intervene to help you deal with your ADHD symptoms.
Some parts of this examination are repeatable, so that at a later time we can see if ADHD treatment interventions have really had an effect on your symptoms. I provide a set of procedures and documents that you, your child’s school, workplace or parents can use to measure the effects of any ADHD intervention (behavioural or medical). The truth is sometimes we feel better because we think we are better, or sometimes we fail to notice complex cognitive improvements after taking medication because they are hard to measure. These tests and data collection procedures are specifically designed to help determine if real changes have taken place in your ADHD symptoms.
What would a treatment plan for an adult with ADHD look like?
Once a diagnosis of ADHD is made and we have enough information to understand how ADHD impacts you we develop an intervention plan. We meet an average of eight times, using a combination of psycho-educational (teaching) and weekly consultation to get you off on a program you can continue on your own. There are a number of different ways we might approach this, but "psychoeducation" and skill-training is always part of the process.
There are a number of excellent evidence based books that some people read and we review during our weekly sessions. Others, who have less time to read or difficulty with such materials are provided videos to watch or other alternative resources. Parents often receive direct parent education training in how to deal with children and adolescents with ADHD.
I sometimes suggest working from a cookbook such as “Mastering Your Adult ADHD: A Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment Program by Steven Safren , Susan Sprich et al. If you were to use this workbook here are the typical topics you would cover:
Assessment, Review and Overview
Session 1 Review of assessment results; Overview of the ADHD program; Discussion of involvement of family and work mates
Organization and Planning for Individuals with ADHD
Session 2 The basics of organization and planning skills; Organizing multiple tasks
Session 3 Problem-solving and managing overwhelming tasks; Organizing papers
Reducing Distractibility due to ADHD
Session 4 Gauging your attention span and distractibility; Modifying your environment
Adaptive Thinking Part 1
Session 5 Introducing the Cognitive Model of ADHD (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)
Adaptive Thinking Part 2
Session 6 Review of Adaptive Thinking and previous sessions
Session 7 Dealing with Procrastination
Session 8 Preventing ADHD Relapse and setting future goals
Following this outline together we cover all major areas of concern that commonly are found with ADHD. As I mentioned above, we also fine tune the program to address your specific deficits and strengths that we identified during the assessment process, making success much more likely. Individuals are then able to use appropriate self-help tools with confidence and the knowledge and experience they need to make the most of them.
After this initial program ADHD clients sometimes see me on a monthly or quarterly basis, for “check ups” and to address problems with relapse.
For those who with the help of their primary medical provider decide to take medication to deal with this disorder I provide ongoing neuro-cognitive assessments that help monitor the effects of the medication. Research has found that for those diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD) a combination of medication, psychoeducation and behavioural training is the most effective path.
What about ADHD Treatment for Children and Adolescents?
I work extensively with children and adolescents. One thing I am able to provide, that others may not, are interventions for the school and home that are acceptable to the school staff. My experience as a classroom teacher for nearly 10 years, and as a school-based educational psychologist, gives me insight into how common treatments for ADHD are best adapted to the school and classroom environment. I also provide schools with training workshops and teacher consultation on ADHD.
Do you recommend any specific books about ADHD? Especially about Adult ADHD? There are so many out there I don’t know where to start!
For adults we often use the Cognitive-Behavioural Treatment Program for Adults with ADHD developed by Safren and Sprich, which has been found useful with adults. I also ask clients to watch Russell Barkley’s A New Understanding of ADHD (a DVD available in the office) as well as his new book Managing Your Adult ADHD and read either Kelly and Ramundo’s You Mean I’m Not Lazy, Stupid or Crazy?, Hallowell and Ratey’s Driven to Distraction or Thomas E. Brown’s Attention Deficit Disorder: The Unfocused Mind in Children and Adults. All of these books can be obtained in my office or through Amazon.ca. For those who find reading difficult or find finding time to read difficult (and these are all 300+ page books) there are CD’s and DVDs available. I have similar books on ADHD for parents that specifically address parenting and school-related issues.
For teachers dealing with ADHD in the classroom, the Ministry of Education provides some guidelines and intervention strategies which are an excellent place to start. This information may be helpful for parents as well, as often it is unclear what level of intervention we should expect for a student with ADHD in the classroom. Here is the website url: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/adhd/
What about faster methods for dealing with ADHD
like neuro-feedback, hypnosis or diet changes?
Don’t they work?
The short answer is no, they don’t. There is very little evidence supporting any of these treatment methods by themselves for ADHD.
You may hear that there is research showing neuro-feedback works for ADHD, autism, Aspergers and many other problems. The truth is that after over twenty years of research there is minimal evidence that neuro-feedback or neurotherapy has any significant effect on behaviour, school success, attention or impulsivity. Recently there has been some evidence that a combination of neurofeedback and medication is more effective than medication alone, but the best known and by far most effective interventions include medication, psychoeducation and behavioural/environmental interventions in the school and home. (Dr. Russell Barkley, a leading researcher in the field addresses this issue on his web page.)
Diets, except for those with a specific allergy, have been shown to have no effect on ADHD. Chiropractic and homeopathic interventions have not been shown to have any effect. “Sound Therapy” and hypnosis, likewise, has been show to have no effect. Two websites I often suggest individuals look at for information about these “alternative” therapies are www.sciencebasedmedicine.com and www.quackwatch.com. I would be more than happy to share the research on these alternative methods with you upon request.
My best advice is to ask your medical doctor what he or she knows about these often ineffective yet expensive interventions. He or she is your best source of information. You should seek out proven treatments that directly address your issues, treatments that have been shown consistently to work, and for which there is a good body of supportive evidence. Psychological treatments should begin with psychoeducation, behavioural training, practice, practice and feedback on your practice.
How much does ADHD treatment cost?
Initial, Assessment and Continuing Sessions (usually 50 mins) are billed at a rate of $200.00. This is the current rate recommended by the British Columbia Psychological Association (BCPA).
A full ADHD assessment for a diagnosis, which takes several hours - three sessions- costs $1,200. The testing and assessment usually take three to four sessions, including a feedback session where we discuss the specific nature of ADHD and how it affects you and treatment interventions that would be appropriate.
More comprehensive diagnostic testing is sometimes necessary for obtaining adaptations and modifications in school, the workplace or for high stakes testing.Some colleges will require a full psychoeducational assessment before granting accommodations. Please check with your school or college prior to coming in and obtain and forms they may need completed.
OTHER HELP and ADHD RESOURCES
Often I suggest readings, web pages and other resources for individuals or their families with ADHD, autism, Asperger's Disorder and related neuro-cognitive disorders. Here is a list of several of those resources you may find useful. If any of these pages/links become outdated, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is ADHD a "real" illness?
Often I am asked this question, in spite of many decades of clear supportive research, people still fall victim to some nonsense on the web that questions the validity of the ADHD diagnosis. Here is a link to the consensus report showing support by the vast overwhelming body of scientific researchers: Click here: Consensus Report on ADHD
What's the best website for science-based information on ADHD?
The best websites I can suggest are:
1) Dr. Russell Barkley's site (click here: http://www.russellbarkley.org)
2) the CHADD website (click here: http://www.chadd.org).
Dr. Barkley is THE leading researcher and is the man to go to for up to date information on ADHD research and treatment. CHADD is a great support network and a good way to avoid less than useful theories and fads that are all over the internet.
There is also a local chapter of CHADD: Click here: http://www.vcn.bc.ca/chaddvan/home.htm
There are also two very good government websites to help you understand ADHD, it's diagnosis and treatment, that are scientifically based - evidence based. One for Canada, and one for the United States. Here are the links:
NIMH web page: This page has everything you need to know about treatment, diagnosis, ongoing research, medications and so on.
This link addresses ADHD in children and teens:
Canada also has a very useful site:
The CADDRA website has a lot of good reading and resources for you. Very helpful, and often, regretfully, not something your family doctor is familiar with.
What does a good diagnosis of ADHD consist of - and why does your ADHD assessment cost $1,200?
Let's start by looking at the "practice guidelines for Canada on the CADDRA site: http://www.caddra.ca/practice-guidelines/expanded-toolkit. These are the forms and procedures your doctor should use to make a real diagnosis of ADHD. Because ADHD symptoms can be caused by several other issues, and ADHD can mask other co-morbid conditions, an assessment of any quality takes time. We have to rule other possible causes out, and make sure you don't have other problems as well (nearly 50% of children diagnosed with ADHD have another disorder such as anxiety, depression or a specific learning disability. While in truth a diagnosis of ADHD can be made in a few minutes by collecting a history and current symptoms, and some professionals say no testing is really needed (Dr. Barkley says this, but if you look at the number of symptoms checklists Dr. Russell advises you to use you will see following his "no-test" procedure will take even longer than using tests!) Finally, writing a treatment plan means knowing more than the fact you have ADHD. We need to understand your strength and weaknesses in order to develop a plan that fits you. These things take time. You are always welcome to seek a diagnosis from the family doctor, which is covered by MSP.
I hear all sorts of things about sugar, diet, herbs, homeopathic treatments and scary things about medication. How do I know what's true and what isn't?
That's a hard one. Start by reading articles on a popular science-based website called "Science-Based Medicine." The website can be found here: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org
Learning the ins and outs of science research is a big task, and honestly, many people with graduate degrees don't do too well at this either. But Science Based Medicine is a good and fun place to start. A lot of people come in and ask about homeopathic treatment. Homeopathy is not what most of them think. Here's a good place to start: http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/reference/homeopathy/
Another place to learn about homeopathy or to find out about any treatment you have some doubts about is a site with the direct name: Quackwatch. You can find that site here: http://www.quackwatch.com
Finally, you can type into google or any search engine a question about some treatment and type the word "skeptic" after it, this will usually lead you to an article on some science based web page that includes information from someone who has "done their homework" on the topic.
I bring these issues up because many parents and adults come to my office after having spent a great deal of time and money on treatment, interventions or life-style changes for which there is no scientific evidence, and sometimes evidence that they don't work or harm, but for which you can find many web pages full of science "sounding" information that is nothing more than someone with a strange, often paranoid belief system who tells you about 1/2 the story. Before you engage in anything, look it up on these websites and simply ask your doctor. And remember, if your doctor says, "It won't hurt..." she usually means it won't help, but I don't want to hurt your feelings or get into a long discussion. Go to Quackwatch, Science-Based Medicine or type the word "skeptic" with your search.
Do you have recommendations for an ADHD coach?
Regretfully most of the ADHD coaches I've met are individuals with no training, no license or registration with a regulatory body, who have limited understanding of the complexity of ADHD, it's neurological causes, how medications work and how ADHD interacts with other co-morbid disorders. Yet the refer to themselves as experts in coaching people with ADHD because they have a certificate in “coaching.” If your chosen therapist isn't a registered or licensed psychologist, medical doctor, social worker or psychiatrist, you should wonder why they never obtained a license, and why they are practicing in a complex field while not part of a regulatory body or “college.”.
I often suggest, once we get going on a treatment plan for your ADHD, that you bring in a friend, a co-worker, your spouse or whoever and they spend some time with the two of us learning about the disorder and how they can become your “coach” by providing simple check-ups of about 5-10 minutes a few times a week. It's cheaper, often more effective. Sorry, that's just how I see it.
ADHD is a life-long disorder, and treatments need to change as you change, grow and mature. Life situations change, jobs and responsibilities, relationships all change, and these changes can have an effect on your symptoms that on one day were under control and the next, not so much. Find a good, registered/licensed mental health professional to work with.
How do I know someone is an expert in this field?
Look for someone licensed (if your in the US) or Registered (if you are in Canada). That means someone who didn't just join some association or take a weekend workshop or two about ADHD or "coaching." A "REGISTERED" professional in Canada is someone who has a license to practice granted by a regulatory board. Here we have only a few REGISTERED professions (although some individuals call themselves registered - not everyone is.
The REGISTERED professions here in BC are Registered Psychologist, Psychiatrist, your Medical Doctor, nurses and Registered Social Workers.
"Registered Counsellors" in BC are actually not regulated, they have no regulation body and minimal training standards. They do not take an examination for their "registration." I understand that some of these individuals are very good and experienced, but the BC Counselling Association is not a regulatory body like psychologists, social workers and medical doctors practice under.
My perspective is that someone practicing ANY specialty should have a number of classes in that area, many hours of study- not just a weekend course, plus significant supervised experience. That means for a period of time they had a senior licensed or registered specialist in the field to work under. When you contact someone about ADHD services ask, "What specialized training do you have in ADHD? And did you get supervised experience? What school or association was that through?" If you are embarrassed to ask this in person or over the phone, send them an email.
If you are looking for someone to deal with your child's school problems ask what experience do they have in the schools?
If you need couple, marital or family counselling, what background do they have in couple, marriage or family therapy? Family therapy, offered by many "counsellors," is actually a specialized field of study with a separate graduate degree track, certification and licensing/registration. While Registered Marriage and Family Therapists (RMFT) don't have a regulatory body in BC yet, they do have a professional association that requires members to have been credentialed by the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, they have two years of full-time supervised experience and, in most states, have passed an exam. For a couples therapist you can look for a psychologist who is also a member of the British Columbia Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (BCAMFT).
What about schools and ADHD?
What should I expect for services in the BC public school system?
I have little positive to say about the schools in BC and the services they provide children or teens with ADHD. Some students in BC with significant learning problems wait for 2-3 years before a psychoeducational assessment is provided, and even with a psychoeducational assessment completed they wait months before an Individual Education Plan (IEP) is written. I have worked in schools all over North America, in Europe and Asia and I have never seen a situation like this.
If your child has learning problems or possible ADHD he or she needs interventions and accommodations as early as possible. And those interventions need to be strong enough to make your child's educational experience successful. Am I just a complainer? Read this from the Canadian Association of medical doctors who specialize in ADHD (CAADRA): http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/3-provinces-get-failing-grades-on-adhd-report-1.926530 Yes, BC received a failing grade for how it deals with ADHD in the classroom.
Here is a copy of the BC regulations about ADHD. If you have a child in the BC school system, I advise you to read these pages: http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/specialed/adhd/
Other provinces have really excellent support, handbooks and video training for teachers. I often share those materials when I consult with schools. Dr. Barkley has a great training video for teachers with students who have ADHD. The number one intervention that we have used, that has been shown to improve behaviour and maintain student progress is an old one: positive behavioural supports. Completing a good functional behaviour assessment (FBA) and then writing "positive behavioural support plan" (PBSP) is the first step. I use to teach these skills in districts during treacher professional days, but the topic of "special needs students" has become a difficult one here in BC and interest seems to focus not on getting a good IEP written, or a good FBA and PBSP, instead most meetings focus on how many hours and minutes of teacher-aide time will be available. So, for a complex educational issue the emphasis is often on increasing the time the child spends with the least trained person on staff. An odd and difficult situation. My advice is to go back, read the handouts on ADHD in the classroom from the ministry, print them out and use those as your basic level of expectation.
In the USA many parents rely on this site and the materials available from it: http://www.wrightslaw.com/speak/schedule.htm Regretfully here in Canada we have different laws, but take a look at what the expectations are just across the border! One thing I can tell you is: Send every concern in writing, emails provide a record of your interactions with the schools and their responses. And never attend any IEP or "support team" meeting alone. Bring a mental health professional with you if you can afford it, or at least bring a friend. Your child's educational plan is to be developed with your input and agreement. If you disagree there are formal ways to contact the ministry of education. Every school should have a flyer available for parents that addresses how you can deal with concerns and disagreements. I see them in some schools, and in others they don’t know what I'm talking about.
Your child should have an IEP as soon as school opens, and it should be based upon a comprehensive assessment. It's as simple as that. Oh, and take a look at the American Academy of Pediatric's statement on the use of medications with children. Medication can be an important part of your child's learning success - but the AAP says behavioural therapy, classroom management techniques and parent education come first. Click here for the information: http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/guidelines.html
OTHER WEB RESOURCES
Health Canada Consumer Medication Side Effect Reporting
Attention Deficit Information
Created by Dr. Annick Vincent this is an excellent resource on ADHD(in French)
http://www.attentiondeficit-info.com/The English section of the site is at http://www.attentiondeficit-info.com/adhd/
Answers to questions about ADD (ADHD)
Attention Deficit Disorder Association
A website and magazine on living with ADHD and learning disorders
General Articles on ADHD
I hope this brief outline of resources is helpful. There are many, many more, but this provides enough to get you going. Again, if you have concerns about ADHD with children, adolescents or adults, feel free to contact me.
Study and School Related Resources
The Cornell Note Taking Method: Click here This is the best way to take serious notes that help you in understanding materials, clarifying materials and studying for quizzes, tests and exams. I also teach another note taking method called the "Two Column Note" that is useful in more general study situations, but the Cornell System is overall the number one method of note taking.
The New York Times has an excellent article, actually a series of articles and videos, on "Doodle Note Taking." I strongly suggest looking at this. NEW YORK TIMES HOW TO TAKE NOTES
I often suggest we start with some very simple tasks or techniques, and these ideas seem to fly in the face of peoples expectation that they should make use of a large book or workbook that addresses multiple issues. Stick to one issue at a time. Learn a skill, think about how it works and apply that knowledge to your next problem.
Here are two great articles on studying. There is a LARGE and LONG book on this topic, several as a matter of fact. But this short version is just as helpful combined with some consultation or coaching.
1. HOW TO LEARN
2. The longer HOW TO LEARN
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