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Tips for Low-Graphoria Students

A low score in graphoria, a measure of clerical speed and accuracy, can make some aspects of schooling, such as taking notes and timed tests or doing detailed homework assignments, challenging for students.

Below are strategies that can help you minimize the impact of low graphoria. We hope you can find ways to implement at least a few of the following tips.

Selecting a School / Planning Your Schedule

    • Attend a smaller school where you have more opportunities for interactive learning. Some larger schools may also offer programs with small class sizes where your grades are more likely to be based on class discussions and projects than on written testing.
    • Consider taking the required undergraduate classes at a smaller school or from a community college and then transferring the credits to a larger school.
    • Look for a school or program that evaluates students mainly on performance rather than on written testing.
    • Consider co-operative programs that emphasize practical experience outside the classroom. Some schools have community partnership programs that offer you hands-on learning in a variety of fields while you earn school credit.
    • Many schools offer special programs for students who have “learning differences.” These schools often offer services such as proctored testing centers and note-takers who will attend classes with you. In addition, the teachers there are often specially attuned to the needs of low-graphoria students.
    • Balance your schedule so that too many clerically-demanding courses don't fall into a single semester. Talking to a guidance or academic counselor or teacher ahead of time can help you decide how best to organize your schedule.

In the Classroom / Studying

  • Use a tape recorder in lectures instead of struggling to take notes while trying to listen. Some schools are now recording lectures and making them available for students to download to their iPods or mp3 players. You may find that giving your full attention to the lecture and having the ability to review it later allows for better retention.
  • Check your school or class website to see if your teachers post their class notes and other paperwork. Many classes now offer an online component, which can eliminate some of the note taking necessary in class.
  • Consult with your teacher during office hours for clarification of difficult material. He or she may have valuable advice or refer you to materials that will make learning and retention easier.
  • Use graphics, charts, and diagrams as study aids .
  • Invest in a good calculator, perhaps a programmable one, to minimize the paperwork required in math and science classes.
  • Form study groups with fellow students to share notes, discuss problems, and talk over class materials.
  • Consider using a paid student note-taking service and/or a tutoring service if they are available to you.
  • The important thing for you to remember is to capitalize on your strengths. Look for classes and activities that involve and emphasize the aptitudes you have, as they should bring you satisfaction and fulfillment. Do your best to take part in these kinds of activities as much as you possibly can.

Looking to the Future

Though a low score on our clerical test may help students understand present or past frustrations with school, you should keep in mind that low-graphoria issues often lessen when you finish schooling and start working. You will probably not be excited about doing banking or accounting work or any jobs that demand a high level of clerical speed and accuracy.

However, you should consider the nature of the workplace that interests you. Many companies and organizations provide a clerical staff or a variety of technological or computer-related aids for helping you with routine paperwork. Working for one of them should allow you to concentrate more on activities that rely on other aptitudes and less on clerical ability. However you can manage it, try to avoid spending too much work time on record-keeping and other clerical tasks. Use a thorough understanding of your aptitude profile to help you find your place in a field that will challenge and satisfy you.


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