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Succeeding at exams

Do you have a terrible memory?

In this video we’re talking about succeeding at exams even if you think you have a terrible memory. Exams are a combination of understanding your subject and remembering some key facts. That remembering can be really hard for a dyslexic but there is hope!

succeeding at exams
succeeding at exams

Exams and my terrible memory

I really wish there was something like a memory pill. That’s why I’ve used the shape of a pill as the central image. I’m dyslexic and I struggle with my memory and even though I try really hard I can’t remember names, faces, dates or the order of things. I’ve had to work really hard to find ways to compensate such as checklists, notepads, systems and Standard Operating Procedures for the business.

As a teenager I really struggled with exams because of my short term memory. As I started to think more about succeeding at exams I started to find some systems that worked and some good exam techniques.

the real world

In the real world you’re allowed to check things on your phone and use notes apps and program reminders. This all helps to compensate when you struggle to remember things. When it comes to succeeding at exams you can’t take a phone in with you. So I found I needed to find a way to take my thoughts into the exam that worked for my memory. That’s where mind mapping came in. Using a mind map gave me a way to remember my notes. I was able to use what I had learnt in the exam. I had a workaround to compensate for my poor short term memory.

succeeding at exams
succeeding at exams

types of memory

Before we talk about succeeding at exams and the practicality of walking in with something you can remember there are few things it’s good to know about your memory.

There are different types of memory and I found as a dyslexic my short term memory isn’t so great but I could remember concepts, principles, how things worked, systems and processes. I can harness that sort of memory function by using a mind map to structure my thoughts and notes and to capture the details and the facts that I find harder to remember.

Dyslexics' ability

Dyslexics have an incredible ability to understand processes and very practical things and that’s why they often become good inventors and business people.

It’s often the short term memory that dyslexics struggle with and that’s why we need a workaround and it’s good to find the things that you are good at remembering and starting to work with those.

succeeding at exams
succeeding at exams

Find your type of memory

For me, I can remember things in my imagination, I can remember processes and I am good at joining the dots. Using a mind map I found I could use the strong parts of my memory to my advantage and then I started succeeding at exams.

succeeding at exams

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Stan Gloss Living with Dyslexia

STAN GLOSS LIVING WITH DYSLEXIA

LIVING WITH DYSLEXIA

This video is about Stan Gloss living with dyslexia. Stan Gloss is an entrepreneur with dyslexia who is the founder and CEO of BIOTEAM, a multimillion dollar company which creates supercomputers. I’m summarising a great article by understood.org which is well worth a read.

Stan Gloss

Stan gloss

Stan Gloss talked about being diagnosed with dyslexia at nine years old. He was in third grade and as he says, he noticed a big change when he had to move from learning to read to reading to learn. Stan had learnt to read but using reading as a way to learn was a real challenge for him. His school labelled him as lazy and stupid. They said he needed to try harder and didn’t offer any help. His mother wasn’t convinced by what they were saying and researched the challenges he was experiencing. In 1965 she found Dr. Charles Drake who assessed Stan Gloss and diagnosed his dyslexia.

The young businessman

For Stan Gloss, living with dyslexia meant he had to find creative ways to learn at school. He organised study groups so that he could listen to his friends as a way of learning rather than reading. Stan still had to work three times as hard to get a C.

His self confidence came from his business skills. At 11 years old he started a snow shovelling enterprise. Stan would knock on doors in November, before the snow came, and secure customers so that he wasn’t competing for business once the snow had fallen. He honoured those early commitments and made his money.

He was turned down by colleges because his SATs were too low. His mum found a way around that and he secured work in respiratory therapy with an Associated University. Through that his grades were accepted and he got into graduate school.

Stan Gloss

the entrepreneur

He became a teacher while he was at Quinnipac University and then started selling medical equipment. Stan realised he was really good at the selling. From there he started working with a company researching computer systems for Life Sciences and with three other consultants there they started BIOTEAM. 14 years later it is a huge company that is doing really well.

Comfortable being uncomfortable

When Stan Gloss was asked, ‘What did dyslexia do to help him as an entrepreneur?’ he answered that it was all centred around adversity and how he dealt with it. For Stan Gloss, living with dyslexia meant he had to innovate in school and later in business and this helped him to survive in both.

He also said that living with dyslexia helped him learn to be ‘comfortable being uncomfortable.’ He said the chances of success were often slim in school. As a result he failed more times in school than others did in a lifetime. He turned this to a positive by saying it prepared him for life as an entrepreneur.

advice

When he’s asked for any advice he would give to parents of a dyslexic child Stan Gloss says that if your child has an idea then make a prototype immediately. Encourage them to get started creatively rather than to start writing. He also said to look for and identify your child’s strengths and to praise them continually for those strengths and the efforts that they make.

In conclusion this is a wonderful story of Stan Gloss living with dyslexia and being successful. It’s about how he found workarounds such as listening study groups, his snow shoveling business, finding a non-conventional route to college and becoming a teacher, collaborating with others to form a successful company and how learning to be comfortable with uncomfortable set him up for success. I hope it has encouraged you.

stan gloss living with dyslexia

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How Dyslexia Shaped IKEA

HOW DYSLEXIA SHAPED IKEA

DYSLEXIA + IKEA

This video is all about how dyslexia shaped IKEA. It has a VW beetle with lots of boxes on its roof as the central image as we all know that with IKEA, you’re tempted to buy so much and load your car up with it all!

This video is inspired by an article by virgin.com titled ‘How dyslexia helped to create IKEA’.

Dyslexia and IKEA

A swedish BOY

The story begins with a Swedish boy who struggled at school with reading and writing. In spite of his difficulties he ended up performing well in his studies and this may well have been because his father rewarded him financially!

how ikea started

At the age of 17 this boy used this financial gain started a business. This boy was Ingvar Kamprad and the business he began was IKEA.  This story is about how dyslexia shaped IKEA and it highlights the positive impact of dyslexia because Ingvar built a business around what he was good at and used innovative ideas to overcome things he found a challenge.

IKEA began as a mail order company and Ingvar delivered the products to people’s houses. This explains why so much of IKEA’s furniture comes as a flat pack. In the early years Ingvar used a milk truck to make his deliveries.

ikea challenges

For Ingvar, the numerical codes for each item were a real challenge and this is a great example of how dyslexia shaped IKEA. The individual codes which were too difficult for a dyslexic to remember were replaced with Swedish names for each piece of furniture.

The next challenge for his dyslexia was the complex written assembly instructions. Dyslexia helped to create the IKEA instructions we know today because Ingvar replaced the words with illustrations that actually make sense. The furniture isn’t always easy to build but the pictures definitely help!

Allen keys as a reminder

The addition of an Allen key and the screws and fixings that you need with your flat pack furniture meaning you have the tools you need for the assembly is also a helpful dyslexic work around. It ensures you are ready for the job at hand without the distraction of searching for tools and equipment.

The next, time you pick up your Allen key to build your flat pack IKEA furniture you can remember how dyslexia shaped IKEA and how Ingvar Kamprad harnessed the creativity of his dyslexia and left us with the amazing legacy of IKEA.

how dyslexia shaped ikea

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Highschool Challenges Mind Mapping Can Help With

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Seven High School challenges that mind mapping can help with

High School Challenges

High School can be a difficult environment for creatives and dyslexics because of the way subjects are taught and the sheer volume of information that needs to be remembered. This video is all about seven High School challenges mind mapping can help with. This mind map video is inspired by an article from imindmap.com

Seven high school challenges mind mapping can help with

brainstorming sessions

Brainstorming sessions can feel like a frustrating waste of time for a dyslexic because they are more interested in the big picture than in lots of smaller ideas. Mind maps can help because they provide a way to structure the keywords being said and to branch the information being discussed. This creates a way to bring a shape to what is being shared in the brainstorming session. A one page mind map means you can review the session quite straightforwardly.

I call this a bullet map.

information overload

There is a lot of note taking in High School either from what is on the board or trying to summarise what the teacher is saying. A mind map helps here because it is a way of consolidating information and creating an overview as you listen. It also means you have one concise page of notes rather than 3 or 4 pages per lesson.

I call this a note map. Often people liken this to spider map but the key difference is being focussed on keywords.

Seven high school challenges mind mapping can help with
Seven high school challenges mind mapping can help with

homework assignments

You can use a mind map to outline your to-do list, to plan your project and schedule in future assignments. This way of using a mind map has been shown in business to increase productivity by about 20%.

I call this map a structure map and often it is where I’ve taken my note maps from lessons, identified a structure and organised the information into the right branches.

remembering details

It can be a real challenge to remember all of the information you need and to remember it in the right order. The use of colour for each branch in a mind map helps to chunk the information into core themes so you can recall it in a more helpful way.

I call this map a memory map as I used images to help recall the key details.

Seven high school challenges mind mapping can help with
Seven high school challenges mind mapping can help with

writing essays

Essays can be a real challenge for dyslexics because they involve  a lot of planning and structuring of your ideas. A mind map helps to anchor those ideas and bring some structure to them. Firstly, you can brainstorm your ideas, identify different themes and possibilities and bring order to these with a structured map. This mind map will you help to add to each theme so that your thoughts can develop in a systematic manner. To write the essay you can work through the mind map, branch by branch to keep everything in order.

presentations

Dyslexics are great at a talking but we’re not so great at keeping to the point. A mind map helps you to have all your ideas jotted down visually in one place and you can use it to help stay focused and on topic.

For essays and presentations I use what I call a recipe map. There is often a fixed structure that essays and presentations follow and so I organise my thoughts and ideas around these structures and follow the ‘recipe.’

Seven high school challenges mind mapping can help with
Seven high school challenges mind mapping can help with

exams

Exams can be a real challenge to a dyslexic because that way of recalling information is not really how a dyslexic mind works. A mind map helps you to convert all of the important information that you need into keywords, images and triggers. You can create a mind map that you memorise and then redraw as soon a you go into the exam. This way you are confident that you have all of the information that you need to answer the questions.

For exams I use a jigsaw map and a flash map. The jigsaw map pulls together all the pieces from my various lessons or lectures and the flash map is the map that I memorise to take redraw in the exam.

Seven high school challenges mind mapping can help with

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Daymond John

DAYMOND JOHN

Daymond John

Daymond John is the founder of FUBU clothing and an investor on Shark Tank. In a Business Insider podcast he gives an insight of his success and how it happened. I’ve summarised the podcast here.

Daymond John

Cancer diagnosis

Daymond John starts by describing the shock of his stage 2 cancer diagnosis and his gratitude at its safe removal. He says that being healthy again reinvigorated his drive.  Daymond continues to encourage people to get checked for early detection and loves how that can save lives.

Daymond as a child

He reminisces about his childhood and the massive influence of his mother and her work ethic. Entrepreneurial at a young age, Daymond John describes how he and and his friends took scrap bikes, reassembled them and sold them on. He also bought and sold chocolates at a profit and used the proceed to buy a television to watch his first Mets game.

As a child, he was taught and encouraged to dream.

Daymond John
Daymond John

inspiration

Daymond John was massively influenced by the book, Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill. He read it three times and set lots of goals. Daymond kept reading and visualising his goals although achieving them wasn’t all straightforward. He hit some dark times and realised that he had to stop just chasing the money and pursue something more.

For us by us

FUBU (For US By Us) is Daymond John’s clothing brand and it started as a hobby to create clothing for his favourite rapper influences. His main motivation was to get a free pass to the filming sets for his favourite rappers’ video sets!

Daymond John describes the culture of FUBU as a place where all people are respected. He advertised by painting the gates of houses and shops with his brand -once he had asked permission.

 

Daymond John
Daymond John

factory at home

In 1992, FUBU took off and became much more real for Daymond John. He turned his home into a factory, got a distribution deal in 1996 after an advert asking for a million dollars of investment. And in 1997 the brand went global selling thirty million dollars of product

Dyslexia

Daymond John talks openly about his dyslexia and how he didn’t really know he was dyslexic. He isn’t ashamed of his dyslexia, rather he attributes a lot of his success to being dyslexic. His mother continually encouraged him to find what was special inside of him and to deal with his challenges. Daymond attributes the unique and innovative workarounds he finds to challenges to his dyslexia. He thinks it contributes to his success as an entrepreneur.

Daymond John
Daymond John

Shark tank

Initially, Daymond John thought Shark Tank (an American equivalent of Dragon’s Den) sounded like a waste of time but he he flew out to L.A anyway to hear more as it was a free flight to see his friends. He obviously liked what he heard because Shark Tank took off and is now in its tenth season.

Rise and grind

Rise and Grind’ is  Daymond John’s book and it focuses on being an antidote to being sold the insecurities of life. He talks about how and why successful people do the things they do and that it is about so much more than just the money.

Daymond John
Daymond John

Daymond's advice

Daymond John ends the podcast with some great advice:

  • Don’t quit your day job.
  • Set goals and network with people.
  • Build your network and find mentors who are willing to invest in you.
  • Take affordable steps.
  • Be willing to learn how to do all the parts of your business.
  • Invest in yourself as it is the biggest investment you can make.

I highly recommend listening to the whole podcast. It’s great to hear the success story of someone with dyslexia and it’s really encouraging and insightful.

Daymond John full mindmap

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