If you have received a diagnosis for dyslexia there are a variety of tools available to help you with your academic studies. Try following the links below. The first takes you to the University of Sheffield interactive page, Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia. The page contains audio instructions so you will need headphones or be able to listen via your speakers. The content is easy to follow and understand, and is suitable for most FE and HE students.
For students at FE and HE – Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia
The University of Nottingham has compiled – Handbook for ‘Examination and revision advice’, which contains useful tips to devise your own approach to exam revision.
All Barnsley College, PCs and laptops have desktop software study aids.
Firstly, Read & Write 11 is a tool bar which features, among other capabilities, an automated document reader which reads documents aloud. Again, you will need headphones for this facility. It can be used on webpages and word documents, and is very handy as a way of proof reading your own work before hand-in. For a quick session on how to use this software and find out how it can help you, please contact Study Skills for an appointment firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondly, Inspiration is mind map building software which simultaneously creates a presentation document very similar to a power point presentation. This software can be used to create presentations and posters, and there is so much more that can be done with the programme – diagrams, outlines and maps – plus templates and images are provided. You could even use it to create a colour-coded essay plan! How to mindmap
Lastly, the College libraries can provide you with a variety of coloured overlays to facilitate reading documents, and provide printing paper in a variety of colours to suit your preference. If you would like any other help, please discuss this with library staff – we are here to help!
For teachers/PPMs – Supporting dyslexia at A Level (webpage)
Same as above but as a printable PDF – Supporting dyslexia at A level
If would like to discuss dyslexia and further help which may be available to you, such as specialist support, please contact one of the following:
Barnsley College Additional Learning Support
Phone: 01226 216769
Disability and Dyslexia Service at Barnsley College Higher Education
Phone: 01226 216782
Room: HE 3/16
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