Focusing on work, getting distracted, poor attention, and generally struggling with schoolwork. Symptoms of ADHD were discussed.
I really enjoyed the environment that was created over the sessions, which was one where I felt safe and could talk about anything that was on my mind. There was lots of support for me, and Alex helped with anything I was worried about and more. While also being able to talk about other interests, like video games, which made the meetings feel more personal and not so strict and scary.
Something big I gained from the sessions was a structure with revision and work. I had a check-in point every week or so, which meant I could reflect on the previous week and see what I could do next week. This structure really helped me stay on track. Also, the motivation to get some work done before a meeting was good.
I got lots of help with organising my time, which is something I wasn't so good at. Using my calendar more has been a big thing; it's a very good tool for organising anything and definitely helped with school and other events.
Meditation and mindfulness were something that I had never practised before, but after a while of doing it and lots of guidance from Alex, it turned into something that helped me with focusing and staying calm in certain situations. This also helped during my exams because I found it hard to stay focused throughout an exam.
In terms of helping with my problems, the sessions definitely did help. Because a big issue was schoolwork and revision. The meetings were a really good checkpoint throughout the week to keep me on track.
I was having difficulty studying for and dealing with the overall stress of A levels, which I felt was partially due to ADHD.
I liked the fact things were explained clearly in ways that made it easy for me to understand. Additionally, it was a really relaxed environment; I was able to ask questions freely and pause when I was confused. If I thought something wouldn't be useful for me, I could voice that, and we would come up with solutions I felt would be effective. That made the sessions really valuable.
While doing my A-levels, Alex helped me plan my days in a way that made studying less overwhelming. The timetable we made together really helped me focus as he took into account break times that I needed/wanted, and my days felt far less intense. He also helped motivate me to work and generally gave me a far more positive outlook.
I actually studied and turned up to college, and now I have 3 A-levels! Also, it was nice to have someone to get advice from and more insight into how my mind works because I found that it made previously difficult tasks more manageable. Although I'm no longer studying, Alex is there to help overcome just general tricky stuff, and his advice is great!