Last March, shortly after I had started work as an Essential Skills Trainer/Assessor, I encountered a mature learner in one of my group sessions at a local council refuse depot.
He did not mention anything about learning difficulties he may have had but did say that he hated school and that the teachers hated him!
This learner frequently looked over the shoulder of the person who was sat next to him and invariably would ask others what it was he should actually be doing.
At the time I was not as well informed about dyslexia as I am now and did not give the circumstances too much attention, but I did end up trying to influence him to sit close to me so that I could keep an eye on him.
He made very few notes during the group sessions and that did take him considerably longer than the others to complete. However, he did relish practical tasks such as drawing graphs and charts. He could be heard asking others if he could borrow their hand written notes at the end of each and he would then bring typed up notes to the next session!
He was a very willing learner, extremely personable, very articulate, quite entertaining but always knocking himself down - evidence of deep rooted coping strategies perhaps, together with low self-expectations?
I subsequently found out by talking to his work colleagues that his wife was the one who typed up all his notes!!
On reflection, I do consider that he might have been dyslexic or that there might have been another unidentified underlying issue.
If I was to encounter a similar situation in the future, I certainly would suggest to the learner that they should consider completing a dyslexia assessment and also think about how tailored support and guidance may be of benefit to them and those around them.