Our students share their experiences...
"I left school at 16 with four grade C GCSE’s and the rest D grade. I ended up working in retail and could never seem to get far up the ladder. I then decided to re-do my GCSE English at the age of 27 and would often ask my teacher if I had dyslexia which they stated that I did not. I then received an A grade. I always wanted to be a nurse but never thought I had the academic skill to go to university.
I was looking at nursing courses when I realised that I could do the diploma level as the entry requirement was 5 GCSE grade C and above. I applied and got onto the course and was informed at induction about disabled students and dyslexia screening. I went for testing and was put forward to be tested by a dyslexia assessor where I was diagnosed with dyslexia. This diagnosis explained so much regarding my previous careers and how it held me back.
My first assignment was a pass in the 40% mark bracket and this was without any support in place. I would attend regular meetings with my dyslexia tutor which really helped me to understand my dyslexia. This in turn enabled me to improve on areas of weakness. In 2013 I graduated with a first class degree and have had an article published. Without the support from all the team at student support I would not have been able to reach my full potential and understand the strengths that I have as a person who has dyslexia."
LSBU Nursing student
"The study skills sessions were enormously helpful, and I have finished my placement successfully and gained a job for September in the same school, so very happy. It was great that I managed to get a diagnosis even at a late stage in the course. I am now applying for Access to Work, and preparing for all the paperwork of my new job."
"Before I signed up for this support, I never knew it existed. I was expressing my difficulties to a classmate who then referred me to another classmate who was in receipt of DDS. Looking back, I’m so glad I spoke up and I really appreciate the support I received from the university and my tutor. Sometimes I feel I couldn’t have done it without the support."
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