As some of you may know, I was recently tested and diagnosed with Dyslexia, I knew I had it when I was a kid but it was probably over 20 years ago I was last tested. I was given a good lot of good advice and equipment, mainly a smart pen, dictation and mind map software. The post about it all can be founf at “Studying at the Open University with Dyslexia“.
Anyway its now been a few months and I have been trained in the software and found out what is useful and not useful for me, so I thought happy days. However, now that im doing level 2 module’s I need to take notes for revision and it’s really getting me down !!! All my level 1′s I did without notes and was able to do them fine and with good results, but knowing that I have exams at the end of S283 I really need notes to revise.
I have currently been making them through chapters 1 to 5 (S283) and, I have found it takes about twice the time to make my notes and dictate them (I will explain that later) than it does to do my 2 read through’s of the chapter. So for what used to take 3-4 hours for a chapter now takes up to 10 or 12 hours (Both times exclude answering the questions). This has really sucked the fun out of it for me
This is my process:
- Read the full chapter
- Re-read the chapter and highlight important info
- Do notes on each important info
- Dictate them (This is so I can play back over MP3 while out walking)
Here is an example pic from one of my note pages for S283
So I guess my big question is “How do other students with Dyslexia cope with notes ??” I would love your feedback and suggestions.