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Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia

Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia
Support for Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs)

Third Edition
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August 2016 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Do you want to improve your study skills?
Packed full of advice on topics including note taking, essay writing, reading strategies and exam techniques, Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia is an essential read for students with dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) in further and higher education.

The guidance and tools provided help you organise and plan your work, improve your skills and boost your confidence, so you succeed throughout your studies.  The new edition contains:

  • A new chapter on critical thinking, giving you confidence in analysing information and expressing an argument
  • A new chapter on how to make the most of lectures, to ensure you’re maximising your learning opportunities
  • The latest IT and software references, including links to online assistive technologies
  • A toolkit of downloadable resources to help you plan and study with ease, including templates, planners, tasks and activities, and toolsheets.

This edition also comes with a fully editable digital download of the book, so you can access it in your preferred reading format.

Practical and interactive, this book motivates, inspires and guides you through all your studies.

Student Success is a series of essential guides for students of all levels. From how to think critically and write great essays to boosting your employability and managing your wellbeing, the Student Success series helps you study smarter and get the best from your time at university. 

Sandra Hargreaves and Jamie Crabb
Jamie Crabb, Jane Davis & Sandra Hargreaves
CHAPTER 1: Managing Your Study
Jane Davis, Jo Easton and Sandra Hargreaves
CHAPTER 2: Understanding how you Think and Learn
Rachel Simpson
CHAPTER 3: How to make the most of your Lectures
Kay McEachran
CHAPTER 4: Note Taking and Note Making
Rachel Simpson, Robert Mclaren, Peri Batliwala, Judith Cattermole
CHAPTER 5: Reading Strategies and Speed Reading
Sandra Hargreaves
CHAPTER 6: Answering Essay Questions
Helen Birkmyre
CHAPTER 7: Structuring Different Writing Genres
Pauline Sumner
CHAPTER 8: Critical Thinking
Sandra Hargreaves and John Brennan
CHAPTER 9: Improving Your Grammar, Spelling and Punctuation
John Brennan Judith Cattermole
CHAPTER 10: Improving Mathematics Skills and Using Statistics
Sandra Hargreaves, Jane Davis and Jo Easton,
CHAPTER 11: Revision and Examination Techniques
Paula Baty & Jamie Crabb
CHAPTER 12: Presentations and Collaborative Learning
CHAPTER 13: The Dissertation
References & Further Reading


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Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia comes with a toolkit of downloadable online resources to help students plan and study with ease, including templates, planners, tasks and activities, and toolsheets.


It also comes with a fully editable digital download of the book, so students can access it in their preferred reading format for maximum ease of use.

Study Skills Hub

Visit our hub for free academic skills, wellbeing and employability resources from our new and bestselling guides, designed to support you from day one all the way through to graduation and beyond.

Many students may be able to access both the book and materials to develop their study skills effectively by themselves; especially if they have received study skills support previously, or have already developed effective study habits, as the book and materials would give them new ideas for improving their skills.

The strength of the book for study skills specialists is the range of materials it offers, from note-making and note-taking, through to basic maths concepts. The book also offers advice on ways to use strategies most effectively, as demonstrated in chapter 4 which advises on the of use Q-notes.

The book’s strategies and ideas, especially the use of technology, would apply to any student, and across the range of learning differences. It can also be adapted for both FE and Secondary students. 

Kevin Smith

Study skills are critical in order to achieve success. They allow students to flourish and discover how they learn best. Study skills guides or books can be used by everyone. In order to reap the most benefits from study skill guides, it is essential to get ones that are best suited to you and your learning disability. I got this one by SAGE publisher. It has helped me to grow academically and understand different concepts vital in academia i.e. critical thinking and writing. Unlike most study skills guides this one comes with electronic resources as well.

Student review

Great strategies and easy to follow.

Mrs Sarah Kettle-Buchanan
Education, South Devon College
January 20, 2024

A book for all students in all courses -

Mrs Toni Benaton
Britannia Mill Campus, Derby University
June 5, 2019

While this may be an invaluable resource for teachers working with students with dyslexia, it is not quite right for academic purposes. In the introduction, it is made clear that the book is aimed at dyslexic students themselves rather than student teachers looking to learn about dyslexia (which I hadn't appreciated when ordering). The book is substantial and divided into useful subheadings such as 'How to Make the Most of your Lectures', 'Note Taking and Note Making', 'Reading Strategies and Speed Reading' and 'Critical Thinking' and is geared towards dyslexic students in higher education. There are also digital resources available via a companion website which looks extensive.

Dr Louise Campbell
Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh University
May 18, 2016

This new edition of one of the few books relating to supporting student with dyslexia in HE comes from respected practitioners in the field and is both practical and accessibly laid out.

Mrs Jane Warren
School of Education, Southampton University
December 9, 2015

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: Managing Your Study