It is said that up to 10% of the population falls somewhere on the Dyslexia spectrum. Most people don’t even find out until they are at University!
Dyslexia is simply a learning difficulty, due to faulty brain wiring. It does not impact your intelligence. Typically, it makes reading, writing, and maths challenging. Dyslexia also can have an impact on your short-term memory.
Of course, this makes studying at University harder, but it is by no means impossible.
Should I tell my tutors I am Dyslexic?
This is a personal choice, but I would recommend doing so as it means the tutor can make exceptions for you. Additionally, they can tell you about the disability services your University offers (as Dyslexia is recognised as a disability).
What can my University do for me?
This is case-by-case and differs from University to University. You typically get offered extra time on exams and essay deadlines. You can also have a reader in an exam to help you, be given a laptop to write with, and get a Dyslexic sticker you put on your essays so they do not penalise you. It is worth talking to your tutors/University to find out how they can help.
Can I go to University?
Of course! If you achieve the required entry grades then no one can stop you! Dyslexia simply means you have a different learning style.
I am Dyslexic, but I study English Literature and am the writer for this site! Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do!
Are there any famous Dyslexics?
Duh! Dyslexics are said to be way more creative due to the way their brains are wired. Here are just a few:
- Richard Branson
- John Lenon
- Pablo Picasso
- Steven Spielberg
- Keira Knightley
- Holly Willoughby
- Maggie Aderin-Pocock
- Leonardo Da Vinci
Do not let your diagnosis of Dyslexia make you feel like you can’t achieve great things, especially at University! Universities are very open to accommodating the Learning Disability. You may get extra marks in your essays/exams for creativity and original ideas due to your disability. Don’t see it as a burden, rather use it to empower you to work harder. Prove the stereotype wrong.