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Can dyslexia be discovered in college?

Monmon00Monmon00 Registered User Posts: 1 New Member
In HS my grades were straight A's later on I got Salutatorian. I've always struggled with essay's and test in HS but I was able to do well on my assignments and projects leading me to get the A's. I just fininshed my first year in college and I've got to say it was such a horrible experience no matter how hard I studied my test were always c and below and my essay's had me crying all night just trying to figure out what I wanted to write. I learned through out the year that my family has dyslexia in it and most of my cousins and uncles/aunts struggle from it, even my mom but she deny's it. I don't know if maybe I'm studying wrong or if I have a learning disability.

Replies to: Can dyslexia be discovered in college?

  • austinmshauriaustinmshauri Registered User Posts: 5,808 Senior Member
    You can look online for symptoms of dyslexia. I think many kids aren't diagnosed in elementary or high school, but usually they struggle through school and people just assume they're not as smart as other kids. What do you mean when you say you "struggled" on tests and essays? What kind of struggles?
  • WayOutWestMomWayOutWestMom Registered User Posts: 8,807 Senior Member
    edited August 5
    Yes, you can be diagnosed with dyslexia in college and beyond. D1 was diagnosed as dyslexic during a routine academic skills assessment when she started medical school. Her reading speed is in the 5th percentile, plus she has other reading/language deficits.

    D1 has excellent memory retention and an above average IQ. She was able to "cover" her dyslexia during her primary & secondary schooling by developing compensating skills, but she always had some noticeable deficits. Her spelling was terrible. (Still is) Her oral sight reading and phonics were/are poor. And she's always been a strongly auditory learner. But because she was performing at or above grade levels in all academic areas, she was never tested for or identified with a learning disability before medical school.

    @Monmon00 You can go to your college's learning assistance center and request testing for dyslexia, but you need to realize that just getting a label isn't going to magically improve your grades or change how long you have to work on essays.

    One of things that happens in college is that because the work become more difficult and more complex, the way you have been studying is no longer effective and you have to find new ways. This is just as true for normal students as it is for students with learning disabilities.

    The learning center may be able suggest some methods to make your studying more efficient and more effective--regardless of whether you are dyslexic or not.
  • techmom99techmom99 Registered User Posts: 1,804 Senior Member
    My H was diagnosed with ADHD in law school. His mother diagnosed my two youngest sons in K.
  • MaineLonghornMaineLonghorn Super Moderator Posts: 31,315 Super Moderator
    My SIL was diagnosed with dyslexia in college. When she got help for it, she did really well. She went on to get her master of divinity degree and is now a pastor. :)
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