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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 helpful 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 can be broken down into manageable chunks.

Issues covered include:

  • procrastination
  • planning your assignment
  • understanding your essay question
  • researching, writing and referencing your written work
  • managing your own well-being.

Drawing on years of experience running study skills workshops in higher education, Monica Gribben has written an accessible book for students with dyslexia that shows how to work through the challenges that studying presents.

The companion website has podcasts, worksheets and electronic resources to support each chapter.

SAGE Study Skills are essential study guides for students of all levels. From how to write great essays and succeeding at university, to writing your undergraduate dissertation and doing postgraduate research, SAGE Study Skills help you get the best from your time at university. Visit the SAGE Study Skills hub for tips, resources and videos on study success!

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


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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!

A good study skill guide for students who are dyslexic. The explanation and the guide is clear to follow.

Ms Lisa Ooi
Pre-Registration Nursing, Bucks New University
December 18, 2017

This book was helpful and highlighted tools to aid dyslexic students with revision procedures in a relaxed and more accessible style of writing; the images which accompanied the text also helped paint a picture of 'how it works'.

Ms Julie Wilson
Foundation Centre, Durham University
June 20, 2017

A straight talking and motivational book which offers guidance on how to succeed in a positive way. A useful toolkit for all levels.

Mrs Rebecca Dowle
College of Human & Health Sciences, University of Wales, Swansea
May 2, 2017

Good exercises to engage the reader. Plenty of opportunities to explore and self reflect.

Easy to follow hints and tips - well organised which is most important.

Mrs Sandra Dawn Swinhoe
Education , Newcastle College
May 4, 2016

This is a nicely structured text, which is useful for students. Enjoyable and accessible.

Ms Carol Setchell
Education , Central Sussex College
August 26, 2014

This is an interesting read that is a good addition to any teachers bookshelf. This will assist teachers in developing their teaching for students as well as assisting students with dyslexia in what they can do to help themselves

Miss Lorraine Smith
Department of Secondary Education, Greenwich University
July 7, 2014

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

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