My Child is Sinking in
high school

The day I noticed My Child was Sinking in high school

I’d like to tell you a story over the next few blogs as the build up to opening registrations for our next tutorial group registration. Where did this passion to help families take control of their study skills all begin? It began when my daughter started sinking.


I remember the day we noticed our daughter sinking in High School. She said her English teacher was commenting that she wasn’t trying hard enough. My daughter was an ‘A’ student until then. She had had some challenges in junior school but a small private school and an expert teacher had sorted those. Or so we thought.


No one told us how disorganisation is the next challenge of dyslexia in High School and how it can be like walking with your shoelaces tied to each other. You constantly trip over and live in chaos. If you’re a parent of a creative or dyslexic child you’ll know it’s not just normal teenage mess. Its extreme randomness in discussions, in essays and in homework planning.

Exams were looming and we could see that she wasn’t quite managing to keep her head above water. She refused to admit it. I would gently enquire if she was being taught study skills like mind mapping, because I knew how crucial it had been to successfully completing my Law degree with dyslexia. She snapped, “Of course Dad!” (She wasn’t)

We made it clear to her that we didn’t want to be those parents who put unspoken expectations of high grades on her. We were getting her ready for impact, because she refused our help and insisted everything was fine. She just worked harder for longer but with diminishing results.

We saw it coming. It was like watching a slow motion crash. We could see she was going to hit the exams like a boat being pushed onto rocks.

It happened. She failed some of her favorite subjects. It was very painful. It didn’t help that my wife was also going through stage 2 cancer. My daughter didn’t want to be a bother but she was in a hole and she didn’t know how to get out. She only had months to the final exams.

In the next blog, I’ll tell you how she learnt to “swim” in a new way. If you haven’t subscribe to our email list yet, please subscribe now and find out how my daughter learnt how to swim. We’ll send you valuable videos on Study Skills, mind mapping, dyslexia and high school, free.

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Darius Namdaran

Darius Namdaran

Darius is a teacher and MD of BulletMap™ Studio. He's passionate about helping dyslexic children, and their parents, get through High School with their confidence intact. From his own experience with dyslexia and raising children with dyslexia he has developed an online training business designed to equip and encourage dyslexic teenagers in their journey through High School.
His company produces Mindmap videos full of tips and encouragement to help understand dyslexia and to thrive in High School.
He is the designer and senior tutor of the first Mind mapping course for Dyslexic Teenagers called the BulletMap Method.

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