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How dyslexic students learn.

Student perspective

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Dyslexia video: "Strategies that dyslexic students use when reading.." Duration: 4 minutes : 48 seconds

Strategies that dyslexic students use when reading.

"…I get frustrated having to read things word by word…if I don't understand a word I hop over it,…replace it with one that fits and carry on…" (4 min 48s video by Ryan Beardsley et al.)

Dyslexia video: "Dyslexic students choose subjects to suit their strengths.." Duration: 3 minutes : 13 seconds

Dyslexic students choose subjects to suit their strengths.

"…it was the only one with pictures in the project booklet and I thought ‘that's the one for me’…" (3 min 13s video by Joe Cornfield et al.)

Dyslexia video: "Learning from lectures: a dyslexic student's view.." Duration: 3 minutes : 13 seconds

Learning from lectures: a dyslexic student's view.

"…So it helps if they've got their key points and their pictures and they engage with you a bit more…" (3 min 13s video by Annie Evans)

Teaching methods

Inclusive teaching:

  • Offer flexibility in the ways that students can learn core lecture material.
  • Be aware of the different kinds of learning that your discipline demands and how this might impact on dyslexic learners.
  • Be aware of how dyslexic students perform in assessments in comparison with the average. Where the results of dyslexic students are below average consider whether the learning context may be implicated.

Examples of practice

Dyslexia video: "Introducing podcasting and WebCT: implications for dyslexic students.." Duration: 5 minutes : 3 seconds

Introducing podcasting and WebCT: implications for dyslexic students.

"…it seems to fit in almost exactly with the way dyslexic students like to do things on average…" (5 min 3s video by Richard Field)

In more depth

Reasonable adjustments:

  • Be willing to discuss with dyslexic students areas of your discipline where the kind of teaching or assessment presents problems.
  • Consider whether any adjustments can be made.

In more depth

Dyslexia video: "Combining visual and auditory teaching methods to suit a range of learning styles.." Duration: 4 minutes : 10 seconds

Combining visual and auditory teaching methods to suit a range of learning styles.

"…if they are strongly one way or the other, certain tasks won't lend themselves to their way of being, so it's important to encourage some flexibility…" (4 min 10s video by Michael Shaw et al.)

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