College helps Falkirk mum to shine

Linzi Tuck of Forth Valley College received help from the learning support team that enabled her to continue studying
Linzi Tuck of Forth Valley College received help from the learning support team that enabled her to continue studying

A mother-of-four from Falkirk has managed to turn her life around with help from college tutors.

Linzi Tuck (30) was on the verge of leaving her course at Forth Valley College as she struggled to cope with some aspects of the work.

She had signed up for an HND in furniture restoration but found having to read lots of text was giving her a migraine.

Linzi said: “It was frustrating as I knew I was capable of doing the work. It was also horrendous trying to explain the problem.”

She turned to the college’s learning support team for help.

Already aware she had dyslexia, the second year student sat a three hour test and discovered she suffered from additional conditions.

Linzi said: “I knew I was intelligent from school but I have not been able to improve on my seven standard grades and one higher and was becoming annoyed at the struggles I was facing, so I wanted to get to the root of the problem.

“The results showed that I also have dyscalculia and scotopic sensitivity.”

These mean she struggles with arithmetic and her eyes are very sensitive to various light frequencies.

“The diagnosis was a great relief to me as I always knew there was much more to my issues than what was known. I have been unnecessarily taking migraine medication for years, when all I needed was to wear a hat or sunglasses.

“My confidence has improved so much knowing these issues are not my fault. It has made my life 100 times better. I can do more with my family and it helped enormously with my studies. If not for the help of the learning support team I would have dropped out.”

The college has helped Mrs Tuck with her course by giving her extra time with her tutors and in particular she wants to thank Laura Geoghegan for the help she received from her.

Mhairi Shillinglaw, Forth Valley College’s Equalities Manager said: “I am very proud of both Linzi and my team that such success has been achieved and she has been able to progress from National Qualification to a Higher National Diploma.”

Two years ago, Linzi was a full-time mum looking after her children aged four, seven, nine and 12.

Now she is on course to achieve an HND and hopes to one day run her own furniture restoration business.

Her husband also spent one year at Forth Valley College and is now an apprentice with BP.