Being dyslexic can be such a challenge, both for the student and for teachers. This is because not only will a dyslexic student struggle with reading and understanding school work, the teachers themselves will also have troubles teaching such a student. There is also the possibility of such student being bullied by other things who can easily mistake him or her for being dumb. Sadly, there are quite a number of dyslexic students in various public secondary schools in Nigeria; students who cannot read even in their late teens. Now just in case you have this challenge, do not worry yourself because below are some tips to help you cope.

PRACTICE READING: As one popular English saying goes, practice makes perfect. That said, the key to overcoming your dyslexia is to constantly practice reading. This is probably the most effective solution to this very embarrassing academic problem. Trust me I know because I once had a friend who was dyslexic. For a long time he was unable to read until he decided he must read by all means. So what he did was to pick up a textbook and stare at the pages for long hours, pretending to be reading. And just like that, he was finally able to read and make meaning of those words he once stared at. Today, he is a Librarian!

WRITING CONSTANTLY CAN ALSO BE A GREAT HELP: Just as it is important for you to practice reading, you should also practice writing. Reading and writing goes hand in hand. Therefore, your ability to write down a few words and make short sentences will eventually help you overcome dyslexia.

KNOW WHEN THE RIGHT TIME TO “DIVULGE” YOUR DYSLEXIA: Now it is important to indicate that dyslexia is not a disease; it is just a condition. The misconception that dyslexia is a disease is wrong and must be debunked.  Therefore, you must not be ashamed of yourself for being dyslexic.

BE CONFIDENT: Many times dyslexics (people with dyslexia) attending regular educational institutes lose their social confidence during their school years. Schools usually grade students based on criteria a dyslexic is weakest in– the ability to read and write. But you cannot let the poor performance in school to get your down. Be confident in spite of the fact.

LEARN YOUR STRENGTHS: People with dyslexia are not the worlds’ most accomplished readers and writers. Indeed, living in a world focused on the written word, dyslexics have a major disadvantage.  However, dyslexics usually boast of high intelligence and possess the ability to think strategically. Therefore, discover your strengths as these must be leveraged in your real-life struggle to compete and win.

FINALLY, NEVER EVER GIVE UP: The world is full of people who have lost because they simply gave up. You do not have to be like them. So do not give up. You can overcome your dyslexia.

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