Dyslexia Top Tips- for pupils
Read as often as possible. Reading builds your fluency and word recognition. It doesn’t matter what you read as long as you read. Try reading along with an audio book or read with someone.
Do you find it difficult to know how to start written work? Discuss your ideas before starting. Jot down ideas as possible in the form of a mind map. Don’t worry about their order. Now number your ideas in the order you will discuss them in your written work.
Revision- Use coloured note card to make notes. Use lots of different colours and draw pictures connected with what you are learning. Mind maps are an excellent way of remembering information. Check out the BBC website- www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/maps
Finding information in text- Scan the text to find keywords, use a highlighter to identify the key information. Use skimming (quickly looking over the text) to see how useful the information is before reading it in detail - this is a good techniques when researching on the internet.
Background colour- Does a coloured overlay help when reading? Did you know can often change the background colour on computers and tablets.
Proofreading your work. It is often difficult to see any mistakes by just reading you work back to yourself. How about asking a friend to check your work? You can also get free apps for tablets and smart phones such as “Speak it” or “WordTalk which runs on Microsoft Word.
Spelling- Rhymes and phrases can help remember spellings- like ‘Rhythm- Helps Your Two Hips Move’. This website has lots of great information- http://www.bbc.co.uk/skillswise/topic/memory-aids
If you would like more information or advice on dealing with dyslexia or building your literacy skills. Please see Mrs Williams or Ms Walker.