Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLDs)

  • If you know you have a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) such as dyslexia, dyspraxia/DCD, attention deficit disorder, dyscalculia, or autism, it is likely you have developed a range of study strategies that work for you. Having an SpLD may mean you need to invest more time to do certain study tasks, like reading, but it may also mean you have developed creative approaches and good problem-solving skills.  

    Our top tips

    Find out more

    If you think you may have a SpLD, but haven’t been formally assessed for it, talk to Wellbeing. They can give you more information and advice. It is confidential, and there is no obligation to be assessed: 

    Register with Wellbeing

     If you have already had an assessment for dyslexia or another SpLD, contact Wellbeing so you can gain any support and adjustments that you are entitled to: 

    Be reflective

    It is good to have a reflective approach and observe what helps you study efficiently and what doesn’t. The things that suit you may be different to those that suit your friends or classmates. Think about which areas of studying take you the most time, and have a look at the relevant pages on our A-Z to see what may work for you. A selection of pages that you may find interesting might include:

    Play to your strengths

    You may find it frustrating that studying comes more easily to some of your friends. However, having to find other solutions and working harder to find different ways of getting the same results gives creative advantages. Identify what your strengths are and use these in class and in the workplace. This guide offers many ideas to help you work out your strengths and values: 

    Seek advice

    There are a lot of helpful experts in the University who can make your life easier. Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian for help with using the Library and referencing tools. Also come to see us at the Centre for Academic Development for a one-to-one tutorial on effective studying.