I have ADD and I have not told my school. I struggle with studying as does anyone with the condition. However I have to say, I work at it. I have the books and have even been known to read from them. Lecture handouts and powerpoints are not enough, not in nursing! Barely passing sounds like it has more to do with not enough resource material than nursing school.
Its hard to motivate yourself, I know. Nursing books
are dull as ditch water for the most part. They are wordy and take pages to get to the point, I get it! But supplement them w/ NCLEX review books, and your lecture notes and take a breath!
Then switch off the TV, cell phone
, tell your friends and family you are not at home... or whatever you have to do to actually focus. Time when you take your meds.
I chose not to 'tell' my school, although I don't hide it either. I have discussed it with a lecturer when the subject of ADD/ADHD meds came up in conversation, and even given the name of my neurologist to some one from school. BUT I try to work without extra time because for me (and this is just my oppinion) taking extra time for exams is fine, but when it comes to nursing our patients and colleagues won't... so for me I just better get used to having to challenge myself and my time management and my brain!
Try working up a more focused study plan as a first step would be my suggestion, but again this is all just my oppinion. I don't mind people knowing but I don't want it to impact my academic career anymore than it already has!