Tech Tuesday – Noisli

Noisli is a web and mobile application that allows you to listen to different sounds in order to create your perfect sound environment. This can then help block out background noises and improve concentration and productivity, and given that most of us are working or studying at home presently, help with creating a more productive …

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How to study smarter on screen

Studying online can sometimes feel like an assault on the senses. A bombardment of fonts, features and multimedia content can make it harder to stay focussed, but there are a few quick things you can do to improve your screen reading experience. If you find that you’re often losing your place and getting distracted, it …

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Why printing can be a quick win

Do you sometimes struggle to take in information when studying on screen?  As well as using our screens for education, we use them for casual communication and multitasking so are often tempted to apply the same techniques to online study texts – scrolling through at speed and not making a deeper connection. Most of us …

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Creating your study space

As a student, you’re expected to spend a considerable amount of time on independent study, but how, when and where you do this can have a big impact on your productivity. If you’re feeling frustrated and unmotivated, it’s worth reviewing your workspace and making some changes to build better habits. It’s time to create a …

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Overcoming barriers to learning with Office 365

If you experience difficulties with motor skills, reading, listening, comprehension and maintaining focus, every assignment can feel like a mountain to climb. Your university can offer many useful resources for improving and developing these skills such as online guides, courses and workshops but there’s a set of tools already at your fingertips. You’re probably already …

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Sharp Focus

Student life is busy. You’re juggling a constant stream of new information, meeting new people and settling into new surroundings not to mention the impact that mental health disorders such as anxiety and depression, attention-impairing conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome and epilepsy can have on …

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Take Note

Notetaking is a part of everyday life for students but it can also present challenges, particularly if you have a disability, a specific learning difficulty like dyslexia, dyspraxia or ADHD, a mental health condition such as anxiety or depression or a long-term health condition such as diabetes, epilepsy, RSI or hypermobility. Taking notes in fast-paced …

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Specialist Software Review – Text Aid by ReadSpeaker

Text Aid by ReadSpeaker is a web-based text-to-speech solution which can be accessed from any online device, making it a great option for students working on different computers at school, university and at home. This program enables users to listen to an audio version of any text, anywhere with a choice to download it for …

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Specialist Software Review – TalkType Caption.Ed

This Chrome browser extension published by TalkType, allows you to caption online live and prerecorded audio media automatically. Caption.Ed is powered by best in class speech to text technology and is quick and easy to use, providing you with highly accurate captions in real time. If you have difficulty with listening and writing or typing …

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Specialist Software Review – TalkType Dictation

If you prefer working on a Mac, TalkType Dictation could increase productivity and help you work faster and more efficiently. This voice recognition software provides users with the freedom to type and control their computer with their voice, and with perfect spelling. Whether it’s law, health science, engineering or something else you’re studying, this Mac-based …

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