When you don’t fit the nursing student ‘ideal’: overcoming academic barriers
Why we need to re-evaluate how we support and assess students with a specific learning difficulty
I have spent my school and college years – and most of my nursing degree – struggling with academic work.
I never understood why until six months ago, when I was diagnosed with dyspraxia. It was a relief to be able to put a name to my difficulties and my love-hate relationship with these academic challenges.
Disorder affects how people memorise and process information
A specific learning difficulty (SpLD), dyspraxia is a developmental coordination disorder that affects the way I am able to memorise, process and organise information. This means I am not able to read an academic text, or any book for that matter, and take in the information fully. I can read for hours and still be none the wiser....
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