Struggling university student finally able to manage conversations, lectures

Age: 22
Gender: Female
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Background: This young woman from Toronto suffered from a Learning Disorder and ADHD. As a 3rd year university student, school was becoming more demanding and her attention and learning problems were becoming more of a critical issue. She needed instructions repeated multiple times to her before she could complete a task and it would take her a long time to complete assignments. Reading was always a struggle for her and she often found herself zoning out during lectures or needing to ask a lot of questions to understand. She also said that she sometimes would talk too much, trying to get all the information out before she would forget. She decided to do Cogmed training after it was recommended to her and she found the five week program challenging and enjoyable.

Key challenges:

  • Diagnosed with a learning disability and ADHD
  • Needed instructions repeated multiple times
  • Had trouble taking notes – often zoned out in class
  • Struggled with reading
  • Needed to ask a lot of questions

Training outcomes:

  • Is able to sustain attention and concentration in conversations
  • Feels like she isn’t interrupting people like before
  • Can remember what she needs to say
  • Pays attention to more details when reading in conversations in general
*Photos above are not of the actual users whose experience we describe – we understand that poor working memory
is often a hidden weakness that impacts people in a very personal way.
Out of respect for their privacy, we have kept the identities of these people anonymous.