I agree with the points made in the commentary “How do we learn to read and write?” (May 12).
It is true that students with dyslexia struggle to cope with their condition and to perform their best in examinations.
Teachers must understand that students with dyslexia learn things differently and creatively.
They learn to identify their thoughts by going through them and then picking the best ones to put in writing.
As they face a challenge organising their thoughts, teachers must be more patient towards these students, who have trouble expressing themselves and may need more time to write, especially in exams.
They also need constant revision and supervision to retain a particular concept.
Teachers can make it easier by creating models or diagrams to help them differentiate between words, so that they write the correct word they are thinking of.
However, children with dyslexia use their creativity to adapt and excel. Michelangelo and Albert Einstein, two successful, respected men who changed the world through their ideas, are said to have had dyslexia.
Though students with dyslexia might encounter challenges, with opportunities given by Singapore’s educational system, the right environment and help from supportive teachers and parents, they can excel. They need to work around their condition and focus on their interests.
More research and education must be done to help them and for support groups to help parents who might be struggling to come to terms with the condition.
Teachers should be trained to teach and better assess students based on their strengths.
Schools should look at ways to cater to students who might have trouble understanding mother tongue languages due to dyslexia.
It is important that students with dyslexia are identified early, so they can receive the encouragement they need.
Homework and exams should be revised to make it easier for them to complete and understand.
Other exam areas can be explored to get students to use their creativity to answer the questions.
I hope that through support groups for parents and better-trained teachers, more students with dyslexia can overcome their condition and excel in the areas in which they are interested.
They should be given more opportunities to recognise their potential.
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