Jo Crawford, the British Dyslexia Association's Youth Ambassador talks about the learning techniques that work for her.
Dealing with homework can be really challenging and might make you feel upset and frustrated.
For a dyslexic student it's not just the homework itself that can be challenging, many dyslexic people can really struggle with organisation, concentration and short term memory.
There are some small practical changes you can try which can really make a big difference.
Some tips to help make homework more successful:
- Ask your teachers to write down what you have to do for homework. Make sure you know what the task is and understand exactly what your teacher wants you to do.
- Establish a homework routine
It is important to develop a daily homework routine, and stick to it. You may find that it's easier to concentrate if you do a little and often, rather than trying to work for longer periods of time.
- Make a plan
Talk about the homework with your parent or carer to make sure you are clear about what exactly you need to do for the homework task.
- Check your work
Get into the habit of checking your work. If you use a computer then you will find it much faster if you learn to touch type (there are many teach yourself programs available online). All computers now have a spellcheck facility which can really help. You can also use software to read back what you’ve written on your computer or laptop. This will help you to identify any mistakes you've made with spelling.
- Organise your tasks
Dyslexic people can really struggle with organisation. However, this is an area where you easily put things in place to help yourself.
- If you have a mobile phone you can use it to manage your homework diary and set reminders.
- You can make a written homework schedule which includes tasks and deadlines, and revision plans.
- Colour-coding subjects and making sure all notes for a particular subject are kept together in folders can be really helpful.
- Study skills
Think about the things that help you to study. Try cutting yourself off from all distractions. Turn your phone off and set yourself the goal of studying for a certain amount of time, then give yourself a break when the time is up.
- Try to think of different ways in which you can complete a certain task.
- Think of who is available to support you. Who can you ask for advice if you are really stuck on how to approach a certain piece of work?
These are just a few suggestions from The British Dyslexia Association.
More helpful information:
Barrington StokeIf you enjoy reading, but sometimes find it a struggle, then take a look at this website. Barrington Stoke publish books using a dyslexia-friendly font, wider spaces between words and print onto tinted paper. The website also offers a free e-reading app called 'Tints'.
British Dyslexia AssociationFor any dyslexia-related questions the BDA has a helpline. You can talk to them by phone, or by email.
DekkoDekko comics are great for visual learners. They present key stage 2 curriculum information in a fun and engaging way, and can make homework much more interesting.
Dyslexia AssistYou will find lots of helpful advice on their 'Help for Children and Teens' page.
Studying with Dyslexia blog Information and inspiration for supporters of dyslexic learners