Today’s post is going to be about dyslexia and exploring the symptoms of learning difficulty. This post also aims to help those trying to live with these challenges and to find a way of embracing it and finding the positives in it.
Dyslexia is known as a learning difficulty and is classified as a disability under the Equality Act 2010. Dyslexia differs between two people, meaning two people with dyslexia may have completely opposite strengths and weaknesses. Dyslexic people often struggle when it comes to processing and remembering information.
This post focuses on how Dyslexia affects someone in education and even adulthood in general.
- A tendency to read inaccurately, without understanding
- Inconsistent spelling
- A difficulty with planning and writing essays
- Difficulty getting started and completing work
- Difficulty using long words, e.g. preliminary, philosophical
- A tendency to confuse verbal instructions, places, times and dates
- They face a great struggle when learning a foreign language
- Behavioral or emotional difficulties due to frustration and low self-esteem
- A difficulty with map reading
- A difficulty filling out forms
How you can overcome dyslexia
Although there isn’t a fixed way on how you can treat dyslexia, there are definitely certain actions one can take to reduce the impact of dyslexia; for example, practicing reading, remaining up to date with latest innovations and technologies, learn your strengths and ultimately regain your social confidence.
Dyslexia at University
Seek help when you need: Dyslexia can be extremely challenging for a university student as you have quite a few assignments to meet, a lot of instructions to follow and many problems to solve. The best thing to do is to get in touch with the University’s disability unit as they would be equipped to assist you with any problems. If you seek this help in advance you would be able to maximize your own potential by finding a way of working that works best for you.
Record your lectures: Many people that suffer from dyslexia struggle to interpret information quickly, therefore you can imagine how hard notetaking in lectures would be. Instead of writing inaccurate and incomplete notes, it is best to record your lectures. This way, you have full autonomy over how you work, you can relisten to your lecture as many times, pause mid-way so you can actually understand the information given and carefully write your notes.
Use of illustrative notes: Remember, notes don’t always have to be extra detailed and boring. Perhaps, using some illustrations and visual cues would be helpful as they are easy to remember. Also, using your laptop for note-taking might minimize your spelling mistakes significantly.
The bright side of having dyslexia
Dyslexia isn’t just a difficulty but actually, those that have it often possess many strengths such as;
- Tend to see things more holistically
- They have an excellent eye for things that are out of place and are able to identify similarities between multiple things.
- Excellent Spatial Knowledge: As a result the world’s top architects and fashion designers are dyslexics.
- Better peripheral vision than others
- Highly Creative and ability to solve complex problems
We advise our readers to seek help wherever possible. By law, you are entitled to receiving further assistance if you are dyslexic.
The Dyslexia Association of London are hosting a conference titled Using Creativity to your Advantage. There’s an excellent mix of speakers from different backgrounds that will talk through their perspective on dyslexia and how that has helped them succeed in their fields. Click here for more information.
We would strongly encourage you to attend this event as it will be very insightful.
Thank you so much for reading!