Scenario: You have dyslexia and finals are approaching. You’re stressing out because you see words differently to others. You think you’re slower because your spelling isn’t up to scratch or you get the meaning of words muddled up or you have both. Take a deep breath. Close your eyes. Clear your mind. Listen to the sound of the pens scraping on the paper. The sound of the minute hand fading away. You own the paper. You can do this.
So, what exactly is dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a specific reading disorder which affects anyone. Branching from it is – phonological which has to do with sounds, surface which has to do with the way words look, deep which is the mix up of meanings. Dyslexics have different types and the severity varies from individuals. No two people are the same.
NB: I am not dyslexic or an expert in it but I have learned more than enough to know about it.
Back to the scenario, it’s finals and the pressure is building up. You think you’ll be discredited because of your difficulty or you won’t have enough time to write/finish your essay. Everything is heightened.
You’re still you and the fact that you’ve come this far with your studies is a great achievement. Don’t let anyone disregard that from you.
Take your dyslexia papers with you and show them to the invigilator. No one will laugh at you or look at you funny. Arrangements can be made to make it easier for you:
oral language modifier
You got it. You got your special considerations and arrangements have been made. Now, it’s the time where your dyslexia doesn’t define you. Sit the exam. Try your hardest. Those sleepless nights, early mornings with your head in your book, put it all in your final. It can be worrisome, fearful and anxiety can get the better of you because of your dyslexia. Try not to let it. I know it can seem hard but once the pages are written and dry, you’ve done it.
Approach it the way you feel comfortable. Plan out your answer — as a final year Psychology student, I still plan my work! Use techniques like diagrams to show your point. Take your time and use your resources as much as you can. Talk to your teachers before your exam for study tips and ask your class friends to help you. Give yourself as much time to prepare.
Remember: Dyslexia does not define you.
Best of luck to everyone sitting exams!
This post was written by Sabaa Hejazi for Study Break Down’s #HappyHealthyStudy series. You can find more information about Dyslexia here .