Dyslexia: Surviving and Succeeding at College

Dyslexia: Surviving and Succeeding at College

Dyslexia: Surviving and Succeeding at College

Dyslexia: Surviving and Succeeding at College


Dyslexia: Surviving and Succeeding at Collegeis a practical and easy-to-read guide for dyslexic and dyspraxic students. Clearly and simply written, in a dyslexia-friendly format, it addresses not just study skills, but also more general aspects of coping with student life.

Each chapter includes step-by-step strategies which can be put into practice from the very first day at college. You will learn how to develop effective study skills such as:

  • reading strategies to improve your accuracy and comprehension skills
  • how to make your note-taking efficient and useful for essay writing
  • feeling confident in contributing to seminars
  • memory strategies for study and everyday life
  • how to organise your time and plan your work.

Sylvia Moody recognises that adapting to student life generally is as important as developing study skills. Guidance is given to assist you in finding your way around campus, building relationships with tutors, managing emotional development and preparing for the world of work. Full of invaluable self-help strategies, this book will empower you to improve your skills in all areas.

The book will also be useful to subject tutors who wish to learn about dyslexia, and to dyslexia tutors and co-ordinators who want to give practical advice to their students.

Dr Sylvia Moody is a freelance writer and psychologist specialising in adult dyslexia.


If you are a student with dyslexic or dyspraxic difficulties, you will know that college life presents you with a number of challenges: reading lists that rear up like impassable mountain ranges, essays that turn into uncontrollable writhing monsters, lectures that fall through bottomless chasms in your memory and seminars where your tongue seems to have unaccountably tied itself into a knot. Well…perhaps your difficulties aren’t quite that dramatic, but if you do have difficulties at college of whatever type or severity, I hope that this book will provide helpful guidance and advice.

In Part I of the book, I shall describe dyslexic and dyspraxic difficulties and show how they affect different aspects of study. I shall also explain what sort of help is available to you and what are the procedures in further education, higher education and professional training courses for accessing that help.

In Part ii, I’ll give advice on quick and practical ways to develop and improve your study skills. Particular topics covered are organisational skills, reading accurately with good comprehension, note-taking, academic writing, memory strategies, seminar presentations, examination techniques and research skills. There is also advice from a dyslexic student on how to deal with the emotional ‘side effects’ of dyslexia.

Part iii of the book includes a quick guide to dyslexia for subject tutors and advice on how to manage dyslexia when you move on from college into the workplace.

In the final part of the book, you will find checklists, advice on it support, a list of help organisations and suggestions for further reading.

You may be aware that some of your friends, even if not dyslexic, have difficulties with various aspects of study skills. If so, you might like to show them Part ii of this book, as it may be of use to them. All students need good study skills; it’s just that dyslexic students need them more than most.

I hope that you enjoy reading the book, and that you will find it helpful.

Sylvia Moody Dyslexia Assessment Service London

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