A huge factor of my learning disability effected my education. Many tips helped me get through my academic years and here are my top 10. (Read Part 1 here)
- Extra credit can help you pass the classes you are struggling in. I only passed my freshman year algebra class because I memorized the first 38 numbers of Pi. You know that symbol that is also the same name as a food. My teacher had that has an extra credit option. Each number somebody got correct was one point added to their grade and I finished algebra with a 72 percent. I used my working memory skills—something good my Non-Verbal Learning Disability is known for—to combat something bad: word problems, fractions, concepts. I don’t regret a single second of it. Plus, I barely use algebra as an adult. It’s good for certain careers though not necessary for all. If you school requires you to take a course you dislike do not be discouraged. It can build your confidence in other ways than the subject being taught.
- Extended time on tests and quizzes plus taking exams in a smaller classroom with nobody or one or two students in the room helped me stay focus and pass my exams. Those with NVLD struggle with understanding concepts and directions. How do you get this option? Bring it up to your school and having the right forms to show a counselor or even the principal what you need. It is required by law that all public schools have a learning resource center and must accommodate a student’s needs. I can’t say the same for private schools. I highly recommend extended time and smaller settings on exams and here is another tip…
- When you see multiple choice on a test, cross the answers you know are not correct right away. It helps you not second guess yourself.
- Also, SKIP any question that does not make sense and come back to it later. Answer the questions you know right away, first. There is no penalty for skipping a question and answering it later. You just have to watch the time to make sure you don’t run out and get to that question later.
- I got a D in one of my classes in college. I had to retake the class again and I got an A. I was frustrated that that D was going to be on my permanent record, and nervous about how that would affect my career in the real world. I heard rumors about how certain jobs check permeant records/grades and came to learn, not many jobs care if you failed a class. I’m not saying fail classes, but a failed class isn’t the end of the world. Also, the real world won’t have any red marks or report cards. What it does have is the career you will fall in love with and a whole lot more experiences that will make you fall in love with this planet.
Olivia is a Project Social Ambassador from Illinois. She is a singer songwriter who was unaware of her NVLD for many years while growing up. She describes herself as an outgoing, ambitious, adventurous person who never gives up in a world of uncertainty.Share your own story