Ways in which dyslexia can affect learning

Students with dyslexia will exhibit some or all of the following tendencies, to a greater or lesser degree:

  • organisational difficulties – being in the right place at the right time, being able to organise ideas and concepts (eg to produce an essay plan)
  • slow reading speed
  • slow writing speed
  • slow processing speed – may take some time to consider a question, to formulate an answer or a comment, to digest information
  • reading for meaning – although able to read the words of a question or statement, the student may have considerable difficulty in digesting the text and extracting the meaning. May need to reread several times
  • tendency to misread
  • inaccurate copying
  • poor note taking skills
  • poor short term memory
  • difficulties in learning or retaining sequences (eg alphabet)
  • short concentration span
  • difficulty in acquiring and comprehending new terms