2nd Edition

Academic Writing and Dyslexia A Visual Guide to Writing at University

By Adrian J. Wallbank Copyright 2023
    202 Pages 92 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    202 Pages 92 Color Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Fully revised and expanded, this book presents a unique visual approach to academic writing and composition tailored to the needs of students with dyslexia in Higher Education. It will help you to successfully structure and articulate your ideas, get to grips with critical reading, thinking and writing and fulfil your full academic potential.

    The ‘writing process’ (e.g. genre and style, critical thinking and reading, writing, sentence construction, and proofreading editing) is de-mystified and translated into innovative, meaningful visual representations in the form of templates, images, icons and prompts designed to meet the visual and ‘big picture’ learning styles and strengths of your dyslexia. Underpinned by extensive research, this book will help you to present your thoughts and evaluate and critique competing arguments in a compelling way. It is written to help you bridge the gap between your existing coping strategies and the increased demands and rigours of academic writing at university.

    This second edition features enhanced visual techniques for reading online, expanded material to cover scientific writing, literature reviews, reflective writing and academic style, and detailed explanations of how dyslexia affects writing, how to reduce pressure on your working memory and how to get your creativity and ideas onto the page in order to excel. This book serves as an invaluable resource for dyslexic students, academics, dyslexia specialists, learning developers, and writing tutors throughout the Higher Education sector.


    1. Understanding Dyslexia and ‘Stepping up’ from School / College to University
    2. Reading to Write
    3. Critical Reading and Thinking for Critical Writing
    4. Getting Ready to Write: ‘Decoding’ the Assignment, Overcoming Writer’s Block and Structuring your Essay
    5. Visualising Effective Paragraphs: Presenting your Point and Supporting Evidence
    6. Presenting your Argument: Writing and Structuring Clear, Effective Sentences
    7. Academic Writing Style: Clarity and Precision
    8. Proofreading and Editing

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    Adrian J. Wallbank is a Lecturer in Educational Development at Oxford Brookes University, UK, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.