|Subject: Dyslexia in College|
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Date Posted: 12:49:51 01/05/11 Wed
My boyfriend and I are both sophomores at a small, prestigious liberal arts college, but he is dyslexic. I have always known that he struggles with memorization and completely conveying his knowledge on tests and quizzes, which results in mediocre grades. The only thing the college claims it can do for him is offer a separate room (free of people and excess noises) and extended time to take tests. That in itself doesn't help him much because he thinks he needs more time to learn the actual material, he can't absorb everything in 10 weeks. We are on the quarter system: 3 classes per 10 week quarter plus an exam week. He had been struggling along on borderline academic probation, C- or below don't pass, but not for lack of motivation or effort! He puts more time than anyone I know into his classes, and never takes time off on weekends to "unwind" in the same manner of many college students.
After a threat from his parents of being forced to transfer schools (despite loving it here), he decided to put every effort into last quarter's classes, attending every class (as always) and study session, but came out once again with two Bs and C. (I know this doesn't sound all that bad, but he has gotten at least one C every quarter, and that's borderline failing on our grade system.) Coming into college his dream was to become a doctor, but now his expectations have lowered because he can't get any positive reinforcement or his learning disability taken into consideration when people see his transcript. I suggested that he may still get into med school if he does internships and volunteers or participates in student organizations on campus, but even the catch-all student organization that helps with admissions (the one that even the people with bad reputations among students get into) denied him because of his GPA. He was absolutely crushed by that rejection, and I can't bear to see this downward trend continue.
Does anyone have any help or suggestions for me to support him - or anything at all that can be done?
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