NORMAL IS NONSENSE.
I remember an episode of Neighbours (now, I know Neighbours isn't real, but you don't need a reality show to teach you an important lesson) where Karl Kennedy had brought in a model of a skeleton and asked some of the teenage members to disassemble and reassemble it, and he said, "Right, now, having done this, you can see that people all have different ways of learning. Ringo used trial and error, another character used visual clues…."
When I was in my first year of university, I can remember doing a quiz where we had to answer questions about our learning styles. The most important thing I can gather is everybody learns differently. My style was identified as reading and writing. Some learnt as visual learners, others as audio and others through trial and error. I believe, in hindsight, that had I been able to have a dossier of the lectures, organised as if to say, "Here is Week One Lecture, and here is the added reading," I would have found it easier to learn as I could have read the text and made notes. Being a slightly slower writer, I would find it hard to make notes while trying to listen to somebody talking, thus making my notes hard to read.
There are some in the community who would say, "How can you go to university if you have learning difficulties?" Well, just because you may have some learning difficulties and styles doesn't mean that you are stupid, it just means that you absorb information differently. Also, if I'd had access to free writing support, I would have been able to cope better. The problem for me at my first university, was that it was spread out over four campuses in Brisbane! There was a writing tutor, but based on a different campus! At the second university, there were three campuses, one at St Lucia (Brisbane's Western Suburbs), one at Ipswich and one at Gatton, but all had equal access to the same facilities. Okay, Gatton Campus was smaller than St Lucia, but it had a library, a health service, a refectory and lecture halls and rooms, St Lucia was almost a city within a city, with a spacious campus containing multiple buildings.
Being a left-winger, my desired courses at university were arts and humanities. I have read comments on some newspapers (The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age being classic examples, since Channel Nine bought out Fairfax) calling for funding cuts to universities offering gender studies, humanities and psychology because they are breeding grounds for lefties, and I say to that, firstly, it is an attack on academic freedom AND humanities and arts tend to attract thinkers and left-wing students and are NOT about moulding right-wingers into lefties and nor would you seriously expect left-wing students to elect to do business courses! Law, on the other hand, tends to attract a mixture of right and left, as can be seen with lawyers who enter politics, some being Labor and some being Liberal. Also, some lawyers chase lucrative careers in corporate law, while others are attracted to Legal Aid and defending those who do not have the funds to defend themselves. And let's not forget that law can also be part of a combined degree with right-wingers tending to lean towards commerce and business and left-wingers arts and humanities, and economics being divided.
Gender studies are important at university, as universities, among just about any other place in society, should be a place of safety for gender diverse students. And going back to the learning difficulties in higher education, don't forget that there are autistics who occupy academic positions (typically not in business faculties, though, more likely science or arts) so if autistics can be attracted to academia, it is only logical that universities must cater for autistic students! After all, lecturers were students once!
I remember once, an adult telling me that he couldn't read, and was thus limited to low skill jobs. He talked about handing it to God. I said to him that not being able to read is not a sign of limited intelligence and that he can't pray and say, "God teach me to read," and a hand will come down and plop it into his brain, rather that he had to find the right teacher for his style of learning.
I, myself, did well with reading and writing, at school, but struggled with maths. My Grade Seven teacher told my mother my maths was terrible, but what I would have said to him, in hindsight, always clarity of vision, is, especially when it was noticed by my Grade Six teacher, previously, was, "Let him have the six weeks holiday over the summer, then, when school returns, at the end of January, we'll give him some extra tuition after school, BUT, over the holidays, we'll look for a tutor who can follow his style of learning. AND, I figure that Peter NEEDS to improve his self-esteem by being able to see, "Yes, you've had a lot of disappointment in the past, but you CAN succeed, in the right environment, with the right teacher and with the right encouragement."" I even said to my folks tonight that looking at times tables, an interesting thing to do is to take a number factor from one side and halve it and the other and double it, so you take 8*6=48 and go 4*12=48.
We will always have our preferred subjects and our leanings a certain way, but if we were all the same, life would be monotonous. As I have always said, normal is a setting on a piece of machinery, not a description of a person.