Are you a college student and do you think there is a possibility that you may be dyslexic? It may be surprising to learn that numerous students each year reach college before they are diagnosed with dyslexia.
The symptoms of dyslexia in college include:
Difficulty writing essays and research papers.
Difficulty with organisation, which will have a knock-on effect on preparing study timetables, structure of essays and assignments, poor recall of directions or sequence of instructions.
Difficulty preparing for examinations.
Difficulty writing at speed, poor expression due to vocabulary limited by spelling, poor syntax and poor quality lecture notes.
Difficulty reading aloud, skimming overview and understanding same, reading with speed and accuracy, losing place in text, blurring of words or text jumping.
Difficulty with spelling, common spelling errors include letter reversal, omission and addition of letters within words, not applying spelling rules and inconsistent spelling.
Difficulty with memory in examinations. Some students will have a poor memory for what they see or hear in the short term and cannot hold on to information presented visually/orally long enough to process it and commit to long term memory. As a result, this will lead to difficulties with lecturers, comprehending lengthy texts, remembering spelling patterns, recalling time tables, formulas etc.
Poor fine motor control is often associated with dyslexia, which can result in poor handwriting, immature letter formation, uneven letter size and inappropriate use of capital letters.
Difficulty with mathematics. Problems with numeracy may include: reversal, omission or miscopying digits, confusion with symbols, incoherent steps with regards to problem solving and slow calculation rate.
Difficulty with speech. Some students mispronounce multi-syllabic words, substitute a word for a similar sounding words and have difficulty with spoonerisms.
Experience higher stress levels than other students.
On a positive note, students with dyslexia have a lot of strengths that they can bring to the learning process. Such include:
Overall level of intellectual ability
Lateral or diverse thinking skills
Problem solving skills/critical thinking skills
Ability to process information holistically
Good oral skills
Interpersonal and or intrapersonal skills.
It is important to take into consideration that dyslexia has not been linked to intelligence, however most people diagnosed with dyslexia are at least average or of above average intelligence.
Clearly, if a student has entered into college without being previously diagnosed with dyslexia then they have portrayed that they have good motivation, excellent application, meta-cognitive awareness, persistence and resourcefulness.
Taking all of this into consideration, it may be no surprise that a person with dyslexia who has not been diagnosed prior to college runs a significant chance of dropping out of college due to their belief that they are not able for college because of their academic struggles.
It is important for students to seek a diagnosis immediately. A psychologist can carry out a psycho-educational assessment.
For further information, contact Clodagh A. Higgins of Galway Career Clinic, Salthill, Galway on 091 – 581234, by email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.galwaycareersclinic.com.