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Studying with a dyslexic mind is like riding a wild horse

The last time, I told you about our breakthrough moment with study skills. The window of willingness had opened up. But some unexpected dyslexia roadblocks got in our way.

What is it with us dyslexics? We can have huge capacity to work one day, then the next we are overwhelmed after 10 mins. For my stressed teenage daughter, this came out in different ways. 5 mins into a study skills session she would get very agitated. Neither of us understood it at the time. She thought I was being overbearing, I thought she was being evasive. Now we realise her brain was full. More accurately, she had filled up her working memory.

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We came to a deal. When it got too much I would stop helping her map out her revision, no questions asked. Even if it was 5 minutes into a 30 minute session. This kept the peace but it made our progress very erratic.

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Highly recommended study technique

What was the answer? I had a brainwave- videos! I explained it that it would be like Khan Academy do and I’d find her a course we could watch together. She could pick it up when the stress had passed.

I hunted in Youtube. I can’t tell you how gutted and saddened I was only find superficial summaries of Tony Buzan’s “mind mapping principles: central images, branches, keywords, colours and images”. People who were saying the same basics over and over again. I knew what kind of mapping was needed to reliably pass a Law degree. “How can the most highly recommended study technique at the top universities be so scantily taught?” The main teaching work over the last 20 years was geared to businesses and mind map programs but I knew from experience that written maps were my secret weapon for exam revision.

I found a course on Udemy and bought it  but quickly realised that there’s no way my daughter would sit through hours of theory and long winded demonstrations. I actually started to get a little angry.

“Why are people not teaching dyslexic teens this incredibly helpful and practical skill?” Surely some teachers must have got their degrees by mind mapping?

Training videos

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Finally I thought, “I’ll do it! I’ll record her the videos she needs.” I did and that’s where my training videos were born. My obsession was how to get 1 hour of instruction into a fun, fast 12 minute video.

I’d like to say it was ‘job done’. But trying to study with a dyslexic mind is like riding a wild horse bareback. You can make huge advances rapidly, but get thrown off violently and quickly. My daughter now had the core skills to mind map, but there was something missing. We needed her to be inspired to pick herself up when she was thrown off track by the wild horse. She needed to see others riding wild horses.

In the next blog, I’ll tell you how to ride the wild horses. If you haven’t subscribe to our email list yet, please subscribe now and find out how my daughter learnt how to ride the wild horse. We’ll send you valuable videos on Study Skills, mind mapping, dyslexia and high school, free.

I’ve done a little video here about the seven challenges I see dyslexic teens face in High school and some solutions.

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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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