Difficulty with access course/Possible dyslexia

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Steffiodo88
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I am doing an access to higher education course in Nursing and find I am really struggling with the assignments. I completely understand what they are asking, the information given and the information I find on my own. Note taking is alright but my main issue is struggling with the writing of the assignment itself. If I were to talk and explain verbally my answer, its perfect. However, writing it down never seems to come out right.
I have no idea what to do and find it embarrassing. I am genuinely worried if it is a type of dyslexia? Iv decided to ask my other half to help me with next assignment as I cannot risk failing again.
The words I say I find hard to write onto paper...I know that sounds really dumb.
I want to try and see if anyone else has had the same or similar issue and if so how did you over come it? It may be a case I try and finish this course as best as I can and not go on to university.

NB: I finished school back in 2004 and I struggled then but put it to hating school and immaturity. I have worked my way up in a successful company and do really well. However, I would love to work in psychology which iv always had a deep interest for. my dad has always pushed me to do it, now he is unwell I would love to achieve something to make him proud...! so any suggestions would be helpful! Thanks in advance
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(Original post by Steffiodo88)
Hi !
I am doing an access to higher education course in Nursing and find I am really struggling with the assignments. I completely understand what they are asking, the information given and the information I find on my own. Note taking is alright but my main issue is struggling with the writing of the assignment itself. If I were to talk and explain verbally my answer, its perfect. However, writing it down never seems to come out right.
I have no idea what to do and find it embarrassing. I am genuinely worried if it is a type of dyslexia? Iv decided to ask my other half to help me with next assignment as I cannot risk failing again.
The words I say I find hard to write onto paper...I know that sounds really dumb.
I want to try and see if anyone else has had the same or similar issue and if so how did you over come it? It may be a case I try and finish this course as best as I can and not go on to university.

NB: I finished school back in 2004 and I struggled then but put it to hating school and immaturity. I have worked my way up in a successful company and do really well. However, I would love to work in psychology which iv always had a deep interest for. my dad has always pushed me to do it, now he is unwell I would love to achieve something to make him proud...! so any suggestions would be helpful! Thanks in advance
Hi! This may well be a form of dyslexia. Talk to the student srevices at your college and see if they have a free test you can do to see. I say that because the official tests can be very expensive, and doing a free one from college will give you in indication of whether or not it's worth getting the official one.

If it turns out you are, you should be eligible for extra support at uni, such as laptops in exams, a scribe, extra time etc. Don't not go to uni just because of this. It is the uni's job to provide you with additional support should you need it. Both my brother and my mum are dyslexic and they passed uni with flying colours. Of course, it wasn't easy. But they said it was so worth it, and my brother got extra time for some things.

As a short term solution, there are some document writing things, like Word, that have a dictation setting. You click on it and talk, and it types what you're saying. Maybe this will help you? Sometimes I pretend it's a friend who I'm explaining things to, otherwise I overthink it and just blurt things out.

Good luck!
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I have this issue too, my husband proofreads my assignments and sometimes wonders what the hell is going on in my brain because it just doesn't make sense to him but perfect sense to me.

I agree with Louisa, ask your college for a dyslexia assessment as it will really help you. I always suspected that I had it but it wasn't until asking my uni to assess me that I knew. Now my SPG is disregarded in assignments, I get extra time during exams, I have an allowance for being able to print documents off to read, access to any specialist equipment I need and extensions to assignments, which are extremely helpful at the moment studying from home.

Don't let it stop you from doing the course you want, a diagnosis is such a relief and weight off your shoulders.
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Hi! This may well be a form of dyslexia. Talk to the student srevices at your college and see if they have a free test you can do to see. I say that because the official tests can be very expensive, and doing a free one from college will give you in indication of whether or not it's worth getting the official one.

If it turns out you are, you should be eligible for extra support at uni, such as laptops in exams, a scribe, extra time etc. Don't not go to uni just because of this. It is the uni's job to provide you with additional support should you need it. Both my brother and my mum are dyslexic and they passed uni with flying colours. Of course, it wasn't easy. But they said it was so worth it, and my brother got extra time for some things.

As a short term solution, there are some document writing things, like Word, that have a dictation setting. You click on it and talk, and it types what you're saying. Maybe this will help you? Sometimes I pretend it's a friend who I'm explaining things to, otherwise I overthink it and just blurt things out.

Good luck!
Thank you!! I have done 3 tests online and all came back saying i have dyslexia. A lot of the questions were shocking as i didnt expect it to be associated with dyslexia.
I have now emailed my online college explaining and asking if they could help in anyway or form.

Its great to hear both your brother and mum have is and went through uni perfectly fine. I suppose with extra help i may find that my assignments are passed with no problem.

I plan on trying out the dictation on my word tonight!! Really appreciate your reply
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I have this issue too, my husband proofreads my assignments and sometimes wonders what the hell is going on in my brain because it just doesn't make sense to him but perfect sense to me.

I agree with Louisa, ask your college for a dyslexia assessment as it will really help you. I always suspected that I had it but it wasn't until asking my uni to assess me that I knew. Now my SPG is disregarded in assignments, I get extra time during exams, I have an allowance for being able to print documents off to read, access to any specialist equipment I need and extensions to assignments, which are extremely helpful at the moment studying from home.

Don't let it stop you from doing the course you want, a diagnosis is such a relief and weight off your shoulders.
Argh, so happy I am not alone! To be honest what i write make perfect sense to me too, but no one else gets it! its so frustrating cause they make me sound so stupid!

Iv done 3 online tests now and all came back saying i have dyslexia. Emailed my online college and asked what they can do to help? Maybe they have a test for me to? I really want to better myself but always thought i was too thick, id be so cross with myself if i let it fail my course.

Its great to hear what help you get now. I assume its made a huge difference in your learning?

thanks for the reply. given me positivity!
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As Chammy said, diagnosis is so relieving. I hate the term because it makes it sound like a disease, but that's what it's called unfortunately. I recently realised that I'm probably dyscalculate and it's such a relief to understand that I'm not just crazy or stupid. There's a reason why, when I look at a number i.e 738, I would sometimes read it as 387, 381, 681 etc. (and why numbers give me massive anxiety oops). I've never been tested for it but I really want to because I know that in any academic field, there will be numbers.

I highly recommend the book The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald Davis. It really helped my family understand how amazing dyslexia can be. My mother and brother are two of the most creative and innovative people I know. So many advancements in technology were made by people who are dyslexic, so it is far from stupity. Just think of Einstein!
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Argh, so happy I am not alone! To be honest what i write make perfect sense to me too, but no one else gets it! its so frustrating cause they make me sound so stupid!

Iv done 3 online tests now and all came back saying i have dyslexia. Emailed my online college and asked what they can do to help? Maybe they have a test for me to? I really want to better myself but always thought i was too thick, id be so cross with myself if i let it fail my course.

Its great to hear what help you get now. I assume its made a huge difference in your learning?

thanks for the reply. given me positivity!
Yeah, a huge difference but not just in the learning at uni but in everyday life as I just thought I was an idiot for not being able to spell certain words, no matter how I tried or for not being able to take in things I've read without reading them over and over. It was such a relief to have it confirmed.

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As Chammy said, diagnosis is so relieving. I hate the term because it makes it sound like a disease, but that's what it's called unfortunately. I recently realised that I'm probably dyscalculate and it's such a relief to understand that I'm not just crazy or stupid. There's a reason why, when I look at a number i.e 738, I would sometimes read it as 387, 381, 681 etc. (and why numbers give me massive anxiety oops). I've never been tested for it but I really want to because I know that in any academic field, there will be numbers.

I highly recommend the book The Gift of Dyslexia by Ronald Davis. It really helped my family understand how amazing dyslexia can be. My mother and brother are two of the most creative and innovative people I know. So many advancements in technology were made by people who are dyslexic, so it is far from stupity. Just think of Einstein!
I do this too. It used to be terrible when I had to give change as I'd get the amount muddled up which would either delight the customer as they were getting £9.38 instead of £3.98 or horrify them as it was visa versa
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