Students with dyslexia are smart but struggle more in school because it takes them more time to read. They usually have trouble processing words and therefore, have challenges spelling, writing, and speaking clearly. Let’s review some success strategies for students with dyslexia.
As an international student, the workload in school can be intense. It gets more overwhelming and frustrating for students with dyslexia but there’s hope and a way out. To make the best of your study experience and emerge successfully, try out these simple yet effective tips:
- Endeavour to copy assignments the moment they are written on the board.
- Keep an online calendar of assignments and deadlines so you have a constant reminder. Then start early so can buy sufficient time to finish before or by the deadline.
- Check your friend’s notebooks and/or call them to be clear about the assignment.
- Similarly, you can use a laptop to do your assignments and email them to your lecturer after obtaining their express permission to do so.
- Set time limits for assignments say one or two hours after which you should take a break. You can return to continue the assignment after the break, the goal is to avoid feeling/getting overwhelmed.
Coping mechanism and success strategies for students with dyslexia when it comes to studying, include:
- Make your study environment distraction-free and conducive for study.
- Rewrite the notes collected from your colleagues or instructor so you can become more familiar with and remember the content.
- Turn your written notes into pictures or diagrams to make them easier to remember.
- Using a phonetic dictionary to sound out words will do you a whole world of good.
- Reading your notes out loud is another very good study strategy, you should try it.
Preparing for tests or exam sometimes makes students nervous and dyslexic students are no different. What can you do to sail through with minimal challenges?
- Find out the type and format of the attempt test or exams in advance. For instance, will it be a computer-based test or will it be written on paper?
- Manage your time by reading all the questions first then, start with the easiest ones. You can go back and the ones you found challenging afterwards.
- Do all you can to stay calm and relaxed because letting yourself feel stressed will not help your performance. Take deep breaths, warm up your fingers with a fidget spinner or squeeze a stress ball.
- After answering the questions, take some time out to proofread your work. Correct any errors and ensure your writing is legible. Also, endeavour to answer as many questions as you can if not all of them.