The Student's Guide to Exam Success

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Appendix 4: Learning difficulties
The greatest problem that comes with a learning difficulty is low academic self-esteem. You may have found it hard to engage with your work, particularly if, as is often the case, you didn't receive adequate backup in your schooling to overcome your difficulty. Your commitment and organisation may be hampered by worries about being different. In this case, consider the following points:
Everyone is unique. Therefore you are not framed by your diagnosis.
The boundaries between what are classified as normal and specific learning difficulties can be hazy. Terms like dyslexia or dyspraxia can give the false impression that people can be fitted into neat categories.
These problems are not always permanent. I see in my work a startling number of cases of children diagnosed once with dyslexia or dyspraxia, whose subsequent tests show no learning difficulty.

A diagnosis has its uses if it enables you to progress in some way. Overcome your problem by stimulating all your senses - use mnemonics, colours and sketches in your revision, and revise frequently, as explained in Chapter 4. Mindmaps can help you revise and plan your coursework. Discussions with friends may also be useful - talking your ideas through may help you formulate your plans.

You can obtain further information and learning support from the Successful Learning centre listed at the end of this book. Your tutor or your student support centre may also offer valuable help. Don't be afraid to seek it.

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