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Eye to Eye - Mentoring Movement for Different Thinkers (ADD, Dyslexia)

One on one mentoring program in which college students with ADD or dyslexia mentor students in K-12 with ADD and dyslexia.


  • This looks great.  I would love to know how AthU is involved.  I am a struggling AthU student who gets almost all A's but doesn't always reach deadlines.  I would love some real support.  I often feel misunderstood and I can understand why: there's no way for tutors to be able to determine if a student is truly struggling (rather than just 'pushing their luck'), and thus the best solution is to' follow the rules.' I recently suffered through an assignment (worth 20%) after it was due only to have it rejected; I corresponded with my tutor and thought he was allowing a late submission--I misunderstood his message. I'm sad, tired, and yet more eager to learn and more intellectually equipped than many (not all,  of course) people I know who have sucessfully obtained degrees because they are simply more capable than I am at breaking their day into organized chunks of time (among other things).  

    I have learned that no matter how much awareness is raised about ADHD (a convenient term lumping a number of symptoms that commonly occur together),  there is still a system in place that ultimately favours rules and quick fixes over solutions for individual students. I would love to get the support I actually need, rather than be placed within a template into which I cannot fit. Help? 

    - Erin

    an unauthenticated user of the Landing August 8, 2013 - 1:40am

  • Erin,

    There are no specific mentoring programs for students with ADHD at AU that I know of. The Eye to Eye program is US-based. The Access to Students with Disabilities office might be able to provide more information about resources for students with ADHD. There is an Alberta Mentoring Partnership however that organization looks for mentors of K-12 students and does not seem to take applications from people wanting mentors. The Learning Disabilities Association of Alberta may be another resource. Developing meta-cognitive skills like 'self-regulation' can help people with ADHD organize their lives/workloads and help to reduce stress and increase productivity.

    Russell A. Barkley, Ph.D. on ADHD, Self-Regulation, and Executive Functioning

    Sandra Law August 9, 2013 - 11:36am

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