Day 61: Reflections on Academic Lives

Last year, the authors of this book reached out and asked me to write a "what I wish I knew before starting grad school" reflection. I was asked because they were trying to include many different view points and experiences. I was thrilled: I was looking forward to sharing my experiences as a dyslexic graduate …

Advice to my 10-year-old dyslexic self

Not too long ago, Dyslexia Blogger's John Hicks sent me this tweet: https://twitter.com/DyslexiaBlogger/status/779358281848487937 I have to admit I was at a loss for words and advice because I am so used to thinking about what could help me and other dyslexics in PhD programs. I had never considered a child's perspective. Given that it is …

The Irony of Writing for Dyslexics

AKA an apology to my Dyslexic Readers I have several posts intended for people with Dyslexia about resources and strategies to survive a PhD. I spend quite a bit of time writing and editing these posts. I am proud of the information I am putting together! And yet, I know that reading is not my …

Day 36: Dyslexic Moment

I posted this picture to Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScienceClau/status/670318154447458304 I did not notice until now: I misspelled the word advice. Sigh... I am going to go ahead and call this another dyslexic moment. Yes, I can write. Yes, I can pay attention to detail. And yes, I will slip up and will probably not notice. The thing …

Day 33: Quora and Dyslexia

I had been a long-time lurker in Quora. I had an account, and I usually spent time reading answers to questions that were interesting. I always thought it was fascinating that people would give their time to writing answers for strangers. And then I saw a question that I obviously could not resist: Can a person …

Day 29: How I use Dictation

http://www.augsburg.edu/class/wp-content/uploads/sites/78/2014/05/AT-Mind-Map-for-Website.jpg Today, I was very close to not writing at all. It would have been my first day in #AcWriMo without any writing. The nice graph I have been keeping would have had an empty space. The horror! I wanted to write. I really did. But writing (as in typing) is an activity that uses …

Day 28: Coding and Dyslexia

Today  I spent all day finishing that code that has been the only incomplete milestones. I will debug and test it tonight and tomorrow morning. I love coding. As a dyslexic, I thought that having all these random words would be hard to cope with. Surprisingly, it is not. Coding is not about words at all. …

Day 27: The Right Work Environment

Finding the right environment to work and learn is very important for anyone. Just as it is important, it is challenging. Which is why there are countless articles written about how to create a workspace that allows you to focus (see almost any article at Lifehacker, for example). I have found that I work best in three …

Day 26: Learning with Dyslexia

Earlier today, I answered a question on Quora about how to memorize text with Dyslexia. People without Dyslexia take reading for granted. But when reading is not how you can learn, what do you do? You Listen. When I was very young (3rd grade or so) I began to make recordings of myself talking in order to …

Day 24: How #AcWriMo is helping my fear of Writing.

The chart above shows how many words I have written each of the last 15 days. My goal was 500 words per day. It was a stretch goal. I would have been happy with 300 words. What is most amazing here is what you don't see: any empty days. Before #AcWriMo, my average day consisted of …

Day 13: Discovering Dyslexie

I started my PhD in September 2012. And I quickly realized that I was out of my depth. Not in the way impostor syndrome makes you feel, though there was plenty of that happening. I was out of my depth because of the amount of reading.  There was more reading and writing than I had …

Day 11: Writing with Dyslexia

Yesterday, I posted this on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ScienceClau/status/660814052223025152 I wrote this in order to remind myself (and anyone reading) that dyslexics can, indeed, write. Does that mean that it is easy? Nope. After years of writing and practice, has it gotten any easier? Not really. So, what is it like writing with dyslexia? It is different. …

The Dyslexic Grad Student’s Tool Box

What do you need in order to succeed in grad school? ✓ Hard Work? ✓ Determination? ✓ Passion? ✓ Luck? Absolutely! And if you are dyslexic, you are going to need a lot more than that. This is my personal Dyslexic Grad Student Toolbox. Mac Laptop Every grad student needs a laptop. I recommend the …

Day 4: The Right Tools

Today was a very frustrating day because DYSLEXIA. All I wanted to do was read. The problem was that I just wanted to read a book. A print book. (cue dramatic music). Writing may be the bane of my existence, but reading is just as hard. I often scan what I need to read, run it …

Day 3: Juggling Priorities

Today was going to be a writing day. But it turned out into a meeting-and-getting-new-projects-started-day instead. It is only the second day, and I am already behind. I am behind, by one set of metrics: number of words written. By other metrics, I am doing just fine. So why is there disconnect? Priorities. In grad …

Day 2: A Rough Start

Overestimation. That is a problem. Today, I had hoped to read two different papers and write one page (about 1,000 words). Alas, I did about half. I have mentioned before in my post about how to survive grad school with Dyslexia, that my general rule of thumb is to work twice as hard for twice …

Dyslexic Resources

This is where you will find my posts with resources for Dyslexic PhD Students. These are my Guides and Resources: Surviving your PhD with Dyslexia The Dyslexic Grad Student's Toolbox Preparing for the GMAT/GRE These are my post that discuss Dyslexia: The Irony of Writing for a Dyslexic Audience An Embarrassing  Dyslexic Moment How I Use …

Surviving Grad School with Dyslexia

Earning a PHD is hard. REALLY hard. My advisor recently told me that if I ever met someone who had an easy time writing their dissertation, they were lying. This is a process that is supposed to fundamentally alter your thought processes. You become a scientist. It is exhilarating. It is hard. And if you …

My Dyslexia Story

A brief story of how I eventually learned I was Dyslexic - and the power of songs to make sense of words. Struggling during the Early Years I always knew there was something different about me. I was in 5th grade and I still had problems spelling my name. In exams where I had to …