497 | Succeed in College with Hannah Choi

497 | Succeed in College with Hannah Choi

In this episode, Hannah Choi joins Eric on the podcast!  Hannah is an Executive Function Coach for Beyond Book Smart and is the host of the podcast, Focus Forward: An Executive Function Podcast.  Hannah works with both college-aged clients and adult clients, and lives in Connecticut with her husband and two kids.  Her executive function strengths are time management and cognitive flexibility, and her challenges are working memory and attention.  Hannah also loves to read, watch Korean dramas, exercise, travel, and spend time outdoors! 

You’ll hear about the importance of developing a relationship with your professors, strategies and skills for self-advocacy, the benefits of breaking down big projects, and emotional regulation to access executive function skills.  Then, you’ll also hear about the importance of maintaining sleep, nutrition, and exercise, managing medication, a warning about due dates, course load, schedule design, and more!

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  • [00:01:02] Introducing Hannah
  • [00:02:14] How did Hannah begin working with college students?
  • [00:04:56] Hannah shares her experiences in college while questioning her abilities
  • [00:05:44] “If I knew then what I know now….”
  • [00:07:18] A discussion on self-advocacy while in college and getting over the fear of getting to know your professors
  • [00:11:45] Hannah shares a tool she uses with clients
  • [00:13:56] Breaking down Steps/Time/Mapping
  • [00:18:076] Finding balance between college work and socializing
  • [00:22:44] A discussion on emotional regulation and accessing executive function skills
  • [00:30:21] Managing ADHD medication and other mental health treatments
  • [00:32:53] What are some other important accommodations that students can ask for?
  • [00:41:56] Eric shares an experience and a warning about (a lack of) due dates
  • [00:44:47] How important is course load and schedule design?
  • [00:49:14] Navigating interests in college
  • [00:51:41] Closing Thoughts

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