Dyslexia is one of the most common hurdles in the academic world. As an inherited condition, dyslexia is something that a person can learn to identify, but cannot cure. The area of their brain that interprets language has an abnormality, leading them to not realize the mistake. In fact, many people with or without dyslexia can read a document written in a language familiar to them, and not realize when some letters are transposed.
Unfortunately, having dyslexia can cause academical problems whether the student is having genuine difficulties or not. It takes a dedicated person to overcome their problems and succeed, but fortunately being dyslexic can be easy to overcome.
Tip 1: Avoid Noise
Noise distracts people, and distracted people make mistakes more frequently. Avoiding distractions and noise is a key to being focused. Music, voices, even pets can distract you from your work. If you must, play a soothing, gentle music without lyrics or harsh sounds. Some people even find it helpful to find a quiet outdoors spot when trying to mentally center themselves.
Tip 2: No All-Nighters
Being tired can also affect your brainpower, and when you need to concentrate on the words, a tired mind can lead to mistakes. Chronic fatigue caused by repeated late nights can also take a toll on your mind, and affect your alertness even when you get a good night’s sleep. Plan a sleep routine and try to wake up and fall asleep the same time every day.
Tip 3: Use Pictures
Having pictures, graphs, charts, flash cards, audio recordings, and written work of the same information, and using all of your resources to memorize the information, is said to help many dyslexic students. The more ingrained information was in their minds, the less likely they were to spell a word wrong due to dyslexia. Some theorize this is because information taken in through multiple senses is more likely to stick, and by writing through memory you may avoid mistakes.
Tip 4: Short Bursts
Prolonged bursts of studying or writing tires the mind and may lead to unnoticed mistakes in a paper. Using shorter, frequent sessions with breaks for your mind keeps you fresh and alert. Between sessions, go outside and look at nature, listen to some music, meditate, or just relax.
Tip 5: Use Rhythm
Take your revision material and turn it into a song! Countless people find rhythms to help them memorize information. If you want proof, just look at how easy it is to memorize a song on the radio. After hearing it a few times you may have memorized all the words in a 3 minute song. Take your favorite song or melody and start singing your material. Keep repeating it until you can sing it without your information in front of you.
There are very few challenges one cannot overcome; dyslexia is certainly not one of them. Patience and dedication are two virtues that lead to pleasantly surprising results in academic areas, whether you suffer from dyslexia or not.
Abi Rule is an educational professional interested in teaching styles and continuous learning. Abi writes for Richmond University, the American University in London, learn more about Richmond and their UCAS clearing programs by visiting Richmond.ac.uk.