Study Skills Blog

Our collection of tips and tricks to boost your learning using freely available mainstream and assistive technologies

Tech Tuesday – Noisli

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 ...
How to study smarter on screen

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 ...
Why printing can be a quick win

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 ...
Creating your study space

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 ...
Overcoming barriers to learning with Office 365

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 ...
Sharp Focus

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 ...
Take Note

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 ...
Specialist Software Review – Text Aid by ReadSpeaker

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, ...
Specialist Software Review – TalkType Caption.Ed

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 ...
Specialist Software Review – TalkType Dictation

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 ...
Specialist Software Review – Claro Writing Helper

Specialist Software Review – Claro Writing Helper

Independent learning is a key part of studying at university but taking responsibility for your workload and managing deadlines can often feel overwhelming. Take essay writing for example. It can be ...
A toolkit to help you succeed in education and beyond

A toolkit to help you succeed in education and beyond

As Needs Assessors, we are constantly demonstrating and learning about all the amazing assistive technology (AT) that’s available to help students succeed in their studies. One of our most important ...
How to make studying remotely work for you

How to make studying remotely work for you

2020 freshers are facing a very different university experience with a mix of face-to-face and digital learning and many social events taking place virtually, but how does this impact disabled ...
The free support package helping students succeed in higher education

The free support package helping students succeed in higher education

Starting a degree can feel overwhelming and even more so if you have a mental health condition, specific learning difficulty or long-term health condition which affects your ability to study. ...
SnapType

SnapType

A really quick tip for anyone studying at University who may be struggling with the sort of academic writing style that you need to master to get the top marks in yours essays. If that sounds ...
Happy Phrase

Happy Phrase

A really quick tip for anyone studying at University who may be struggling with the sort of academic writing style that you need to master to get the top marks in yours essays. If that sounds ...
What’s your type?

What’s your type?

If you struggle to take in information when reading, find that you lose your place or reread lines, it\'s worth taking a few minutes to evaluate the format of the material you are reading ...
Yes you scan

Yes you scan

Want to quickly get a page from a book read out, or in a class when printed handouts are given out. Well, the Claro software team have you covered with an app called Claro ScanPen ...
Smash your spelling

Smash your spelling

Do you struggle with spelling? Do you think of the perfect word to express what you are trying to write about, but then think there\'s no way you\'ll be able to spell it correctly and so choose ...
Ketchup on your time

Ketchup on your time

How can the humble tomato help organise your time, be more efficient in your studies and help you concentrate and focus for longer? ...
Hit the highlights

Hit the highlights

See how to highlight and then collect key points into a separate document when working in MS Word, allowing you create a summary of the main points from your reading ...