NTP’s Top tips for studying with dyslexia – these aren’t just tips for people with dyslexia. These tips will help anyone; you don’t need to have dyslexia to benefit from them.
According to the Dyslexia Association, 1 in 10 people of the population have dyslexia to some degree, whilst 1 in 25 of the population have severe dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling.
Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory, and verbal processing speed.
Dyslexia occurs across a range of intellectual abilities, and having this disability does not stop a person from being capable of becoming a transport manager, a doctor, an astronaut, a rockstar or any other job in the world.
At NTP, we have lots of students, and some staff, who suffer from dyslexia and so we put together some of their top tips for studying with dyslexia.
We hope you like them and use them to help you along in your learning journey.
Find your motivation
Let’s face it motivating yourself is hard work, so to help seek it out, you need to find your why.
Why are you doing this? – is it because you want to get a promotion, run your own fleet, start your own business or just because you want to gain a new qualification?
Whatever your why is, use it as motivation. Whenever you find yourself slacking off or with that can’t be bothered attitude remind yourself why you are doing this.
Next, take your Why and challenge yourself to succeed in small steps.
As a dyslexic myself, I find my mind works better when it’s challenged. It feels like I suddenly find focus and determination.
I break extensive courses down into mini challenges and reward myself for every success. It is a great motivator, and I don’t get overwhelmed by the enormous courses I have to complete.
A real-life example would be: In NTP’s transport manager course, I could challenge myself to complete a chapter per week.
Let your training provider know.
If you have been diagnosed with Dyslexia, ADHD or any other learning disability, make sure to let us know when you enrol.
Letting us know will mean that our training team can create additional study resources to help you learn and be able to better support you through your learning journey.
Don’t be embarrassed about dyslexia, we know it, we understand it, and we work with thousands of students who have it.
You’ll be pleased to know that all our staff have completed dyslexia awareness courses and complete continuing professional development courses regularly to develop their understanding further to assist our students better.
Suppose you are taking formal qualifications such as the transport manager course. In that case, The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) may be able to offer a reasonable exam adjustment such as more time or even a reader.
It’s worth noting that you must be able to prove your diagnosis via evidence such as a GP or hospital letters/reports etc., but don’t worry about that now.
ASK FOR HELP!!!!
This one had to be in capital letters because we are shouting it from the rooftops.
We cannot stress enough that if you need help, simply ask for it.
Our motto at NTP is: We are here to help and guide you every step of the way.
And we mean it!
All our active students get unlimited access to student support. That means whenever you need help, reach out, and we’ll be there. No matter how small or how big our team will be there.
So make sure you ask for help.
Got it? Good!
It’s always confused me that listening to music would help me until I found focus music.
This type of music isn’t what you’ll hear in the charts, but it’s a game changer. You can find focus music on Spotify, YouTube and even apps like Headspace.
Simply search for focus music, pop on your headphones, and watch how all those distractions disappear.
Did you know? – All the staff in the NTP office use focus music, so we don’t distract each other. I get to feel relaxed and focused whilst getting stuff done, and we don’t have to listen to each other moaning about who ate the last biscuit. WIN-WIN
I don’t know about you but for me reading an endless amount of text bores me to sleep.
Usually, I can read about the length of this article, and then my mind wanders because I get bored.
it’s not that I want to, but sometimes I can’t help it.
If you are like me and struggle to stay focused whilst reading, then I have a great tip.
Say the words out loud and read along.
The mind works in funny ways, and I have found that if I read aloud, it helps me to understand the content better and actually remember it, and I don’t get bored.
Give it a try; you might find it works for you too.
Make use of all the course features.
Lots of NTP courses contain a mixture of content such as audio, video, tasks, challenges, and quizzes.
The best piece of advice I can give is to use everything available to you. This really is a top tip for studying with dyslexia, in fact it’s a top tip for anyone studying anything, anywhere.
At NTP, we give you access to so much for good reason – it helps you gain an understanding and retain the knowledge.
So use it.
When you are out and about, learn on the go and listen to the audio version of the course you are studying.
If you can’t be bothered to read? Watch our handy videos in your course, in the groups and on our YouTube channel.
Do you fancy a challenge? Complete a quiz, practise for your exams or challenge yourself with a task all within your course.
So there you have it.
Our top tips for studying with dyslexia is complete and I think we can all agree that dyslexia should not stop you from achieving everything that you want to achieve.
If you want to achieve something just like everyone else, you can, and our tips above will help you.
Remember, all you need to do is find the right solution that works for you.
Studying will not be easy, but it will be worth it.
The key is to stick with it and find a way around any obstacle you face along the way.
With NTP, one thing you can be sure of is that we don’t do average; we do AWESOME, so if you want to improve your chances of achieving your goal, reach out and ask for help.
And we’ll be here to help and guide you every step of the way.
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