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The Study Skills Toolkit for Students with Dyslexia

The Study Skills Toolkit for Students with Dyslexia

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October 2012 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Packed with advice, checklists and templates this book will help you improve your study skills throughout your time at university. Written in a straightforward, no nonsense style the guidance given in this book can be broken down into manageable chunks allowing you to work at your own pace.

Issues covered include:

" Procrastination

" Planning your assignment

" Understanding your assignment question

" Researching your assignment

" Writing your assignment

" Referencing your assignment

" Managing your own well-being.

Drawing on years of experience running study skills workshops, Monica Gribben has written this book to be as accessible as possible for students with dyslexia as they work through the many challenges that studying at university will present.

Features and materials include:

" Helpful Hints

" Timetable cards

" Assignment checklists

" Frequently Asked Questions

" Exercises to help students develop study skills strategies

Downloadable electronic resources are available online to increase the accessibility of the materials provided. This book is the perfect guide for any student with dyslexia studying in higher education.

Monica Gribben is a private dyslexia consultant and Dyslexia Adviser at Edinburgh Napier University.

About the Author
How to Use This Toolkit
Companion Website
Stepping out in to University with Dyslexia
Understanding Your Assignment
Gathering Information
Thinking Critically
Writing Your Assignment
Writing Your Dissertation
Oral Presentations
Making the Most of Your Feedback


Click for online resources

Visit the companion website for The Study Skills Toolkit for Students with Dyslexia for more free online resources accompanying each chapter, including:

  • Chapter Podcasts and Activities
  • Further web links
  • Appendices.
SAGE Study Skills hub

Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

Excellent book with some pratical advice that is easily implemented . Inform\ation within the nbok was also relevant to those with undiagnosed dyslexia or who showed dylexic tendencies . Extremely useful for learners and for those in early years as a textbook for the Level 3 unit on specific learning needs

Mrs Margaret Bull
School Of Care Studies, West Herts College
May 20, 2014

I have enjoyed reading this as it will help me to adapt my tools and guidance to support these learners more effectively.

Learners who are dyslexic have also found this a valuable book to help them try new strategies that make the learning experience more valuable for them.

Mrs Karen Gray
Teacher Education, Simply-Training
April 25, 2014

Given the nature of this book, I encouraged a dyslexic student to review it and write up some feedback. This hopefully provides a meaningful review from the perspective of the target audience. The following comments are in the student’s own words.

I found this book to very informative and supportive of my needs as a Dyslexia Student.
I thought the advice and the words used in the first couple of pages sets an excellent tone for how the book should be used. This book does not feel overwhelming like most other academic books. Everything is broken down nicely and helps you visualise and put into practice what it preaches.
I really liked the way it sets out each chapter, simple clear outline with the key themes highlighted right at the start.
Having to try and deal with my dyslexia at university, this book would have been perfect for me. It sets out to tackle and address the worries the student will have right from the outset, which I didn’t expect from this book. I’m really glad it did as it is something that some people overlook when dealing with Dyslexia.
The activities are very well thought out and I found very useful it helped me understand my specific learning difficulties.
The most useful chapters and the chapters I found myself coming back to was Chapter 4: Understanding Your Assignment, and Chapter 7: Writing Your assignment. With Chapter 7 it breaks down the barrier of the enormity of the task. Using the activities and the guides, it gives great support and structure that I as a student found really useful and will continue to use this as a guide to write further assignments in the future. Using What Goes Where and the Activity 7.3 SWAT it, and for me the Style of Language and what to use and not use was the most useful. Even though I am aware that these are not new ideas or methods but what it has done is brought it all together form me and helped me put them to good use not just a bolt on activity to tick a box.
I also found listing to the podcasts with a quick summery of the chapters useful, and it was great to see all the actives and resources available online.
I would highly recommend this toolkit to a current and students entering Higher Education. Not only did it help me identify and support my specific learning disability, it does so in a non-threatening way that encourages you to develop and embed the tools and mechanisms in the book in the way you learn and apply it in Higher Education.

Dr Rachel Curzon
Birmingham School of the Built Environment, Birmingham City University
January 31, 2014

A useful text for any student with dyslexia or those who need strategies to organise and structure study at FE/HE level.

Practical activities and accompanying materials can be adapted by individuals or support tutors. Highly recommended.

Faculty of Education, Edge Hill University
January 30, 2014

A useful text to support students with dyslexia, especially those in HE who have been recently diagnosed and are eager to support themselves further.

Miss Rebecca Matthews
Education , St Mary's College
January 20, 2014

Another really practical study guide form SAGE, whose reputation in this field is well-established.
Stadents and the staff who teach them can both benefit from adopting the approaches and strategies proposed in this book.

Dr Dominic Griffiths
School of Education and Community, Glyndwr University
January 14, 2014

A great book/companion for new university students with OR without dyslexia. I have used this with new students already, as it reminds me how daunting life in university can be. This tool kit (book) offers practical and thoughtful support to both student and mentor. I thoroughly recommend this book.

Dr Judy Sayers
Mathematics & Science Education, Stockholm University
December 4, 2013

An excellent resource for students who have been recently been diagnosed with dyslexia and other staff in education who support students with specific learning disabilities. Tips and resources greatly enhance my teaching for all students.

Dr Philomena Halligan
School of Nursing & Midwifery, University College Dublin
December 3, 2013

Do not like the print/paper etc..

Miss Diana Parton
Department of Primary Education, Bedfordshire University
November 14, 2013

An interesting read that has proved useful to students as well as teachers already taking suggestions and techniques into the classroom.

Mrs Suzanne Weekes
London School of Hospitality & Tourism, University of West London
November 13, 2013

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