If you have been doing your best with your studies but all your efforts are not producing the grades that you need or expect, you may be one of the 10% of people in the UK living with a Specific Learning Difference or Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia/DCD.
SpLDs are lifelong, neurological differences that can present barriers to new learning, recalling, or processing information and literacy acquisition.
SpLD traits can present themselves in many positive ways, such as:
- Above average intelligence
- Exceptional creativity
- Unique problem-solving skills
- A keen sense of empathy and justice
- Good intuition
However, someone living with a SpLD may also experience:
- Poor focus and attention
- Poor handwriting
- Poor spelling and sentence construction
- Short-term and working-memory difficulties
- Difficulties with reading, absorbing information and comprehending text
- Trouble synthesising information
- Difficulties in organising thoughts for writing
- Poor personal organisation and coordination skills
- Left/right confusion
The effects of SpLDs can be difficult to manage but with the right guidance, interventions, technologies, and strategies, they don't need to limit academic attainment or career aspirations.
- BRAINinHE: a comprehensive resource on dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties at university with detailed definitions and suggested strategies.
- British Dyslexia Association: has general information and advice on dyslexia.
- Dyspraxia Foundation: supports individuals affected by dyspraxia.
- Adders: information and support for people affected by ADD and AD(H)D. Mostly aimed at families but research articles are useful.