Study Skills for Dyslexic Students

Dyslexia is now known to be widely dispersed throughout the human race but as English is such a complex language, we see a greater percentage of individuals with difficulties caused through the condition than in non English speaking countries.  It has recently been discovered to have definite links to a specific gene, KIAA0319, which is present in 15% of the UK population.

It is also now recognised that the condition exists within a spectrum of difficulties now referred to as Specific Learning Difficulties and that within this spectrum lie dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD, ADD, mild Asperger’s and benign hyper mobility syndrome.  The coexistence of these conditions is usual and so we see a wide variety of both strengths and difficulties in those with the condition.  This makes it impossible to suggest one way forward to remediate problems but what we do know is that the things we suggest for individuals with SpLDs benefit everyone’s learning.

The difficulties the condition generates include:

  • Weaker memory, especially working memory
  • Visual disturbances
  • Auditory disturbances
  • Slower brain processing speed

These, in turn, can lead to difficulties with literacy, spelling, numeracy, organisation, planning, studying, focusing and achieving.

The condition may also confer strengths too of:

  • Strategic thinking
  • Global view
  • Problem solving
  • Creativity
  • Determination

Specific Support Strategies with Students in Higher and Further Education

It is essential to identify the specific problems the individual faces as these will be different from one person to another. However, from the following it should be possible to suggest coping strategies or make adjustments to the way information is presented that enables all students to be significantly more effective in their learning.

Here is a table demonstrating some of the typical difficulties for the dyslexic student encountered in the post 16 learning environment, together with some global strategies for tackling these problems – study-skills-for-dyslexic-students


Dyslexia Awareness Week – 3rd to 9th October

This week is the British Dyslexia Association’s awareness week that aims to highlight the importance of identifying need and support.  Given the fact that dyslexia is a hidden disability and the most common learning difficulty, it’s important to raise awareness that will prompt everyone to think about dyslexia.

Each day for the rest of this week the Additional Learning Support and Professional Development teams will be sharing information and resources with you…

Share your experiences, thoughts and support on social media using #dyslexia2016

The British Dyslexia Association has a wealth of resources and information on You Tube, Twitter and Facebook

Why is it important to identify dyslexia?

There are numerous reasons why identifying dyslexia is important, many studies have shown that early identification is the key to success for individuals that are dyslexic. Early intervention and support following identification provides an opportunity for individuals achieve their potential.

In simple terms then identification of dyslexia is the key to unlocking talents and abilities that otherwise may be lost to society.

Where would we be without the likes of Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs, Steven Spielberg, Walt Disney, Winston Churchill (to name but a few famous dyslexic individuals)? All of these and many others were/are successful because they were able to think in different ways.

Identification of dyslexia could help us unlock the talents of so many more individuals who could shape our world for the better in the future.

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere. Imagination encircles the world.”
Albert Einstein

Many children go through school unaware that they are dyslexic and as a consequence leave education with poor results and even poorer self-esteem and believe that they can’t achieve.
Identification of dyslexia is key to helping individuals achieve their potential.

Find out more about dyslexia at:

You can contact our Additional Learning Support Team about helping learners with the identification and support for Dyslexia.

Understanding the impact of dyslexia…

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