Mollie King: Dyslexia made studying aloud ‘scary and intimidating’


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“Probably the most scary, intimidating time,” that is how Mollie King remembers having to face up and skim out loud in class.

“I’d all the time try to make an excuse to go away the classroom,” the BBC Radio 1 presenter tells Newsbeat.

Due to her instructor recognizing there was an issue she was examined and recognized with dyslexia when she was 10 years previous.

The dysfunction impacts studying, writing and spelling.

Mollie is now an envoy for the British Dyslexic Affiliation and has given a speech in parliament in entrance of a gaggle who have been studying difficulties.

“Really having that analysis was an enormous reduction,” she provides, “you form of think about you’d really feel actually down about it however for me the whole lot clicked into place as a result of I knew what it was.”

The 31-year-old says she was given methods to assist.

“Studying by a colored sheet actually helps – the color that works for me is yellow.

“If I put it over, it means I can learn from left to proper and it stops the phrases coming out on the web page.”

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Mollie presents the weekend breakfast present on BBC Radio 1 with Matt Edmondson

“Even studying out texts from listeners at Radio 1, I all the time get them highlighted in a color.”

“I will all the time pre-read the texts earlier than doing it stay, simply because in any other case I will learn the phrases within the flawed order – which no one needs to listen to!”

Earlier than turning into a presenter she was a singer in The Saturdays: “Within the band I could not learn the lyrics on the tempo of the track so I must study the entire track by coronary heart earlier than recording it as I could not depend on studying the lyrics.”

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The opposite ladies knew about her dyslexia however she says “did not need to ever make a giant deal about it”

Mollie says there was a “heat and beautiful vibe” on the all-party parliamentary group dialogue yesterday.

“It was to have a dialog about the place we’re at, what we expect the training system’s like.”

“I’ve a lot respect for lecturers they usually have a lot to cope with however I believe we want extra coaching for lecturers to have the ability to spot if a scholar’s dyslexic.”

“I learnt that 80% of scholars with it are undiagnosed.”

“That is simply heartbreaking – as a result of I understand how troublesome it will possibly makes issues being dyslexic and simply understanding you might be and understanding there is a motive why you are discovering it troublesome simply makes you’re feeling so a lot better.”

“If there’s any approach the training system may assist this in any respect, any enchancment is a constructive.”

Mollie’s recommendation in case you’re struggling or suppose you’ll have dyslexia:

“You are not alone – it is one thing to be pleased with we should not be embarrassed or ashamed and actually focus in on these issues you might be good at.

For me it knocked my confidence as a result of I could not sustain with the tempo they learn at [in school].

“Give attention to these issues that you just’re good at – perhaps you are sporty or perhaps you are very inventive.”

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