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By janieo, May 18 2016 06:18PM

It is hard to believe that the exam season is here again! Good luck to everyone who is at school, college or uni and revising at the moment.

For a dyslexic student efficient use of time is the key to success when studying for exams. There is so much information to learn in a limited amount of time. You need to pack as much knowledge into your brain as possible, but how?

Did you know that when you are trying to remember all those facts it is important to use as many of the senses as you can?

So, what do we remember?


20% of what we read

30% of what we hear

40% of what we see

50% of what we say

60% of what we do

90% of what we read, hear, say and do

It is easy to get stuck in a rut and just use one way of revising because that is what you have always done. This makes revision boring and if you are bored you won’t be learning!

All of us, not just students with dyslexia, learn best by using multi-sensory revision techniques Here are some ideas for you to try.


Visual

 Use as many colours as you can in your notes!

 Underline headings in colour and highlight key words or topic phrases

 Use bullet points when making revision notes

 A mnemonic can be in the form of a word, where each letter stands for something specific, or

a rhyme or poem, or a little song you made up as long as the components of it make you think

of the more detailed thing you need to remember. They can help with spelling too:

 There’s a rat in separate

 Never believe a lie

 Draw mind or concept maps by hand or use software like Mindmeister or Ithoughts

 Use pictures to help you remember- ‘genome’ – a gnome wearing jeans!

 Make question and answer cards & work with a friend to test each other.


Quizlet is an online tool that helps you to make quizzes and learn in an interactive way! See www.quizlet.com


 Draw flow charts or posters to summarise topics and stick them on your wall.

 Put coloured sticky notes in places in the house where you will see them all the time


Try some different ways of revising and see how they work for you. Remember we all learn differently and it is important to find ways that suit your individual style.

If you are feeling stressed check out these tips from Student Minds

http://www.studentminds.org.uk/exam-stress.html











By janieo, Apr 6 2016 12:00PM

Dyslexia is common

It is estimated that dyslexia affects 1 in 10 people in the UK workforce and probably about half of these will not have felt able to tell their employer that they have dyslexia or to explain what this means to them, what this has helped them to achieve or about their own individual strengths and talents.

Under the Equality Act 2010, dyslexia is recognised as a disability. This is a positive thing as it means employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to make sure all employees are able to work to their potential.

There are many well known examples of successful, talented and creative individuals who have dyslexia: Alan Sugar, Steve Job, Richard Branson, John Lennon, Pablo Picasso. People with dyslexia can bring talents and strengths to a team.


So what can be done to make your business dyslexia friendly?

Research has shown that by making your work environment dyslexia friendly everyone will benefit, not just employees with dyslexia. There are some easy things that can be put in place.


Awareness

If team leaders and managers have an understanding of dyslexia they will be able to identify the signs and will feel comfortable to talk to their team members. Providing training for staff can help them to understand and communicate more effectively with clients or colleagues

If you have dyslexia and are able to talk to your manager openly about what this means to you this will help you to do your job well.


Reasonable Adjustments

There are many simple changes that can be made that could make a big difference. Remember every person with dyslexia is different and will have their own ideas of what will work- so it is best to ask them.

A ‘reasonable adjustment’ is really about being open to explore different ways of working. These will vary but some ideas might be:

• Providing materials and slides well in advance of meetings

• Giving verbal instructions as well as written

• Using a different font for emails

• Providing a digital recorder or some software




How can we help?

Dyslexia Herts works with employers to raise awareness of dyslexia. We are also on hand to offer advice to adults with dyslexia in the workplace who may be thinking about talking to their employer and offer a range of services.

If you would like to know more, then contact us for an informal chat.



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