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Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Mental Illness, Education and Learning, Disability


What do Tom Cruise, Orlando Bloom and Richard Branson all have in common?

They all suffer from dyslexia.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that affects around ten per cent of the population, some sufferers having more severe forms than others.

If you have not been diagnosed with dyslexia but think there might be a possibility that you have it due to poor performance at school then here are some symptoms to look out for:

  • Difficulties taking notes
  • Difficulties planning and writing essays, letters or reports
  • Difficulty reading and understanding new terminology
  • Quality of work is erratic
  • Difficulties revising for examinations
  • Struggling to communicate knowledge and understanding in exams
  • Feeling that the effort put in does not reflect performance or results
  • Forgets names and factual information
  • Struggles to remember things such as personal PIN or telephone number
  • Struggles to meet deadlines
  • Struggles with personal organisation
  • Difficulties in filling in forms
  • Only reads when necessary and never for pleasure
  • Develops work avoidance tactics to disguise difficulties
  • Difficulties become exacerbated when under time pressure

Dealing with Dyslexia

Sufferers of this condition often suffer the stigma of ‘stupid’ and assume that the condition will prevent them from achieving all their goals in life. However, many people with dyslexia have successful careers and manage to achieve good grades despite their disability.

Many dyslexics suffer from a lack of confidence due to their condition, or may misbehave in class because they don’t understand and quickly lose interest in what they are learning. However, you can overcome this.

Just look at Richard Branson, he runs one of the most successful global brands in the world. Learning might take a bit longer or take a bit more work, but there is no reason why you should not be able to do the things that others can do.

You have to think about what you want, set achievable goals for yourself and develop a plan of action for achieving these goals! Register with your school or college as dyslexic as there will usually be extra time available in exams which can really help you.

That extra time is really valuable in exams and there is no shame in taking it. Make sure you take any other option from your school or college that is available.

You will soon find that these goals are achievable, even though you are dyslexic it should not stop you achieving all that you want to achieve.

If you need help dealing with your dyslexia, then our personal advisers are here to help you. You can contact our team on 01923 698 430 or visit

About the Author

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge is the marketing assistant at TCHC. She helps to manage the website and promote the Youth Contract. She enjoys writing for the blog and sharing advice and tips with young people on a range of topics, from finding a job to battling with depression.

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