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Dyslexia study tips

Dyslexia study tipsAnyone with dyslexia knows that studying can be very frustrating. You re-read the same text but feel like you're getting nowhere.

If this sounds like you, don’t despair. Follow these study tips to help break down the barriers that dyslexia creates.

1: Study in the same place

By going to your “study place” you get into “study mode” straight away.
You might like to wear earplugs to block out the sounds of other students. It’s also a good idea to sit at the same table in class because this will help you feel more relaxed and focused.

2: Notes

When reading, circle the important sections and make notes in the margins.
This will help you quickly find what you need when you read the text again.

3: Use colour

Use different coloured highlighters to highlight different kinds of information. Don’t go too crazy with the colours though- just highlight the most relevant stuff or you will end up with a multi-coloured page!

4: Take notes in class

It’s difficult to know how much you need to note down. Try to be selective in your note-taking and put smiley faces next to the information which you think is most important. The symbols will help you find what you need when you skim through the notes later on.

5: Check, check and double check!

Try to check your answers at least once before handing in your work. Be especially careful with numbers as these can easily get jumbled up!

6: Cut out the glare

If you lose your place when reading, get hold of a special coloured plastic overlay to place over the page, or a reading ruler.
These will cut out the glare and make the text clearer, helping you to keep your place.
If working on the computer, try to get hold of a monitor overlay which will also cut out the glare.

7: Get some software

Screen reading software can help with reading by speaking documents and web pages aloud. Speech to text software lets you write by talking to your computer instead of typing.

8: Print useful information onto coloured paper

This will help you focus on the page. Try to avoid using shiny paper though!

9: Use spell checker

If working on the computer, it’s always worth running a spellcheck. It’s quick and easy to use and will save you time and trouble.

10: Create visual planners

When writing essays, use spider diagrams to jot down your ideas and link them together. This will help you map the essay.
When planning your time either for studying or revision, do a weekly wall chart and use symbols for different activities.

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