02 Apr 2014

Rob Potter – Case Study

Rob arrived at ACM in September 2010, to study guitar at Diploma level. He had always struggled at school due to his severe dyslexia and dyspraxia, and although he had some good friends, he always felt like he didn’t fit in and his confidence in his own ability and self- esteem were extremely low. Rob had always relied on family help, so when he registered with Education Guidance, support was immediately put in place.

A note taker was organised and twice-weekly tutorials were timetabled. Rob gradually grew in confidence and joined a band and performs often in the local area, and even in London. Assessments were continuous and he sat them in the Education Guidance Centre, using a reader and scribe. Rob worked extremely hard, putting in hours of practice and studying music theory. He achieved a Distinction in his Diploma and then proceeded on to the Certificate of Higher Education (Cert HE) course.

Support continued and Rob was hugely successful, both academically and socially, achieving a Merit in the Cert HE despite a recent diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome.

He is now in the final year of a two-year degree in Professional Music Performance. Support continues, though is now reduced to note taking in class and occasional tutorials when required. Rob continues to go from strength to strength.

Support from Education Guidance is great, it’s comforting to know that the help is there if you need it. Words cannot explain how good they’ve been to me.
Rob Potter

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