Sam Mason (sammason) wrote in disabledstudent,
Sam Mason
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reading for a student doing an exam

I've just done my first 'reader' job for a student with dyslexia. It went well for me and, I think, for per too.

Some confusion about whether or not per pre-agreed accommodation of 25% extra time was included in the length of time stated on the exam paper. Phe was obviously working hard to finish the exam and I'd caused a few short delays by needing per to advise me on how to pronounce certain words, and anyway, I wasn't there to give per a hard time. So I let per take a few more minutes to finish the exam. But next time I'll be sure to get clearer guidance about how much time is allowed.

The exam topic (1st year Biochemistry) was such that I, who recently got a PhD in Parasitology, could have answered some of the questions but not all of them. And nearly all of the words and abbreviations were familiar to me. Must find out how far from the reader's own field the student's field can be. I'm sure that if the topic had been Quantum Mechanics I'd have struggled and if it'd been Ancient Greek Poetry, well let's not go there. I was there to help, not to hinder.

Still, doing this work in my wheelchair, I hope that I provided a little bit of cripspiration although on this occasion the student didn't mention that.
Tags: academic, accommodations, cripspiration, disabilities, dyslexia, exams, invisible disabilities, reading, wheelchair
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Some confusion about whether or not per pre-agreed accommodation of 25% extra time was included in the length of time stated on the exam paper.

When we bring exams to the Disability Services Office we fill out a sheet that includes boxes for "amount of time allowed in-class" and "class start time", so it's all very explicit.

needing per to advise me on how to pronounce certain words

Interesting. I'm really curious about scribes and spelling of words, so if you ever scribe for an exam, I'd love to hear your experience.
That sounds like a good arrangement with your Disability Services Office. I'm familiar with such an arrangement when I invigilate Special Circs. I get a list of each student's accommodations, including per finish time and whether phe's allowed to take extra breaks with the finish time adjusted accordingly. So that was what I expected in this reader job. I'm not very impressed that I was left to guess and I'll make sure that it's not so in future.

Sadly I'm the wrong person to ask about scribing, though. My disability affects my ability to write with a pen. So I have to keep my polite face ('smiling like a barista' as I call it) pinned on when people laugh at me for being able to read but unable to write. Perhaps somebody else in this comm has worked as a scribe.