Tips, tricks & all things DSA

Check out our collection of tips and tricks to boost your learning using freely available mainstream and assistive technologies, plus how to get more from your DSA funding

Tech Tuesday - AlphaText

June 2, 2021
Customize and change the appearance of online articles to enhance text readability using the AlphaText Chrome extension.

Monday motivation - StuDocu

May 24, 2021
Download free study guides, summaries, practice questions, lecture notes, assignments, solutions and much more with StuDocu

Tech Tuesday - work faster with genei

May 18, 2021
Get your reading material summarised using Genei.io, AI-powered document summarisation tech that can help scan through your reading, identify key points, help create notes and revision resources and get you learning faster.

Monday motivation - tab management

May 17, 2021
If you have too many tabs open and then struggle to find information, try Tab Manager Plus for Chrome - a Chrome extension that helps you get organised by allowing you to find, close, filter, move or switch to the tabs you need.

Mental Health Awareness Week

May 12, 2021
As part of mental health awareness week, Ultima Education met up with Sanja Quayle, Clinical Director at DSA NMH provider, Optimum Student Support to explain more about specialist mental health mentoring and how it can help if you’re studying with a mental health condition.

Tech Tuesday - Lightkey

April 27, 2021
Lightkey's text prediction software uses real-time AI-powered spelling and grammar correction technology to learn and offer spelling corrections based on your unique vocabulary, saving you time and leaving you free to focus on your content rather than your keystrokes.

Monday motivation - referencing apps

April 26, 2021
Reference management applications such as Zotero and Mendeley are game changers for referencing your assignments, allowing you to add citations and create bibliographies in the correct referencing style at the click of a mouse.

Tech Tuesday - TextAid

April 20, 2021
Save time reading lengthy documents with TextAid by ReadSpeaker - a web-based text-to-speech application that enables you to listen to information being read aloud while typing notes at the same time

Monday motivation - speed reading

April 19, 2021
Boost productivity by speed reading in your browser with SwiftRead - simply download the extension and you’re ready to read any online text 2-3x faster all while maintaining comprehension. SwiftRead uses rapid serial visual presentation or RSVP, to reduce the factors that slow reading down so you can focus on the words and read text faster.

Tech Tuesday - Flashcard apps

April 13, 2021
Flashcard applications are a great way to test your memory when studying - Anki uses spaced repetition to help you remember things quickly and easily, while Quizlet enables you to create your own flashcards for any topic, or choose from sets created by others.

Monday motivation - block distractions

April 12, 2021
If constant pings and pop-ups on your devices are affecting your ability to concentrate, there’s a clever app and website blocker for Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, and Chrome called Freedom that can give you control to temporarily block distracting websites and apps when you’re trying to study. A great tool to help you stay on track and build better habits!

Tech Tuesday - Noisli

January 9, 2021
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 environment may be just what is needed.

How to study smarter on screen

January 5, 2021
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.

Why printing can be a quick win

January 5, 2021
Evidence suggests that reading text in a printed form can help you absorb, retain and recall information better; particularly for longer, non-fiction study texts. Reading printed material is a more tactile experience and one in which you are physically involved.

Creating your study space

January 5, 2021
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 study sanctuary!