An example of what it is like being dyslexic

As a keen sailor I did my day skipper course last week as I want to sail across 2 oceans next year.

The intense course brought home the point made in the book ‘the dyslexic advantage’ which is that dyslexic people tend to be very bad at some things and very good at others. Due to the nature of their brain…

I sat through a 4 day intensive navigation theory which was a very challenging experience because:

  • They went at a pace I couldn’t process at so I constantly had to stop the class and ask the teacher to repeat
  • I have poor memory so have to write extensive notes which slows down the process even more
  • It took me longer to grasp the issues so when everyone else was getting on with the exercises I was still grappling with the initial explanation.
  • All this therefore resulted in a lot of late nights and stress, and feeling like I was constantly holding up the teacher and the class.

Then when it came to our theory test I was practically going to not do it as I thought there was little point. But then I did it, and couldn’t believe it when I got full marks and finished first.

Everyone else was like — you have been having us on with saying you were struggling so much! But the thing is - it is not that at all.— that’s what it is like being dyslexic — you are hopeless at some things and very good at others. It’s just because your brain is wired in a different way.

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