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Study Tips for Teenagers with Learning Disabilities

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Study Tips for Teenagers with Learning Disabilities

Defying Disabilities: Study Tips for Teens

Teenage students with learning disabilities may wonder whether they will be able to graduate from high school. As a teen I worried over the same issue myself, being diagnosed with dyslexia. But despite my lack of options, learning was very important to me, and I wanted to graduate from high school and college despite my scholastic challenges. Therefore, I set out to teach myself ways to overcome my learning obstacles. Through the implementation of step-by-step educational solutions (some of which are noted below), I, like my students, began to master how to learn!

  • One of the initial ways to help improve your grades is to closely monitor assignment due dates, quizzes, tests and exam schedule. This will help keep you up to date in your classes. Plan your study time to fit the increasing demands of your curriculum.
  • Pre-learn and peruse unfamiliar vocabulary terms and concepts in the class textbook or online source to help improve understanding of new material. This will improve your comprehension of the class instructional lectures.
  • Create small study groups, which can help teenagers, prepare for quizzes, tests and exams. Teaching one’s peers can help improve master and recall of learning concepts.
  • Create jingles or songs for learning concepts, which include steps to increase recall.
  • Use another learning source to explain curriculum learning material which you may be struggling to understand. A different author may use explanations, pictures, charts or graphs to teach the same concept that may be easier for you to grasp. Then return to your assigned text or online source.
  • Learn the spelling and meanings of affixes and suffixes. Learning these can help increase your ability to decode and understand multi-syllable words.
  • Drill test and quiz material in several ways: orally, in written form, and by drawing pictures or listing steps, formulas or procedures.
  • Make review flash cards to have a tool for quick reviews over study material. Use the flash cards to play learning games to make the review time more fun.
  • And don’t forget, teenagers, to please take an inventory of your own personal strengths and talents to help you understand that a successful future is possible for you as you work toward graduation day!

Barbara Dianis, MA ED, overcame dyslexia in her own life using self-taught educational strategies, test taking solutions and study techniques and has counseled parents for 21 years, teaching them to assist their student in implementing effective learning techniques during homework and study time. She has also run an educational tutoring business for the past 20 years that have helped thousands of students with dyslexia, ADD, ADHD, learning differences. Her latest book “Grade Transformer for the Modern Student: Early High School Edition” helps teenagers learn the tools they need to graduate high school and is available for purchase, and


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