Dyscalculia Blog’s New Years Resolutions

The Dyscalculia Blog has just shared a list of New Year’s resolutions that could help you to tackle your learning difficulty. People who have dyslexia also have a 40% chance of having dyscalculia, so it’s worth learning more about it. The resolution list below is a good start to help you make 2019 the best year yet!

Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash
Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash

Acknowledge the diagnosis and take action

The first step in engaging with a learning difficulty is acknowledging that your brain works differently. However this does not mean that you cannot use that brain to overcome the diagnosis you have. Be confident and take action to tackle your difficulties! There are many ways to train yourself and you can find many tips on this blog.

Multi-sensory learning is key

Using fun unconventional techniques has been proven more efficient, as it helps you build new neural pathways to bypass your difficulties. So start experimenting and keep it fun! Find something you enjoy and are comfortable learning with.

Accept that it is going to take time

Work your way gradually towards a goal. Your learning difficulty may never go away, however, you can strengthen your defences by practising regularly.

Set realistic goals

It’s ok to make mistakes and don’t try to jump ahead. There is no point of rushing, as this may cause anxiety and is usually less effective than a stable learning curve. There is a growing community tackling learning difficulties online (dyscalculia support group on facebook). You may also talk to your GP who could refer you to local educational psychologists.

See your difficulty as an advantage

Many successful people have learning difficulties, however it did not stop them from achieving their goals. Moreover, they also often state that their difficulties helped them to think differently: learning difficulties make you more flexible and creative, so take advantage of your differences!