Growing up, I was a relatively smart kid (if I do say so myself) who could talk the talk, but when it came to test scores, let's just say they were less than impressive. Luckily, my parents had the foresight to get me tested at around 10 or 11, which led to them finding out that I was dyslexic. With this newfound understanding, they found me a specialist tutor to help me overcome my challenges.
Back then, all I knew was that my spelling and reading skills were really poorbad. Thankfully, the tutoring worked wonders, providing me with the tools to brute-force my way through school tests and homework. But what truly made a difference for me was finding a passion that allowed me to dive deep into subjects like astronomy. This was a game-changer, especially as it typically took me three times longer to read something compared to everyone else.
Reading out loud, however, remains my Achilles heel, and it's something I still struggle with today. That's why I tend to avoid writing scripts for my presentations, opting instead to memorize key points and use visuals as cues. Nowadays, it's all about using tools to help me be effective. Google has become my go-to spell-checker, an invaluable resource I use every day.
In this blog post I want to discuss how Large Language Models (LLMs) have become a tool akin to spell-checkers for me, helping me effectively communicate my thoughts and ideas, and enabling me finally to do something that I’ve wanted to do for quite a while.