Resources for Royal Veterinary College students with Learning Differences
If you are a student with a Learning Difference (Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia), you may be entitled to additional support whilst at university. Many students with learning differences may have not needed, or received, support in the past.
You do need to check that the diagnostic evidence you have is acceptable for the purposes of Higher Education.
The learning environment in higher education places an increased pressure on students to independently research more complex material, often at a greater pace than previously experienced. Memory skills can be challenged which means that the amount of information being taught may not be adequately processed. You may need tips and strategies to increase your memory power, or aids that help you to gather information more successfully.
You may find the following things useful:
- Using a recording device in lectures, so you can concentrate on comprehension and making basic bullet points
- You may find bubbl.us | brainstorm and mind map online useful. This is a tool that lets you create and share colourful mind maps. There is a free version that allows you to create up to 3 mind maps.
- Instapaper is a bookmarking service that allows web content to be saved so it can be read on a different device later on.
- TextHelp is similar to Claroread. It's an advanced spell-checking programme with an in-built voice to read your written work aloud.
- GoConqr is a personal learning environment that allows you to shape and share your learning resources. It includes study tools to create mind maps, flashcards and quizzes, and its free.
- RefMe is a free tool online tool that creates citations and bibliographies. It is also available as an app for both Android and iPhone.
- You may want to invest in a pocket spell checker. There are a range of spell checkers available at amazon.co.uk
- Other useful websites:
There are also dedicated areas in both libraries which provide literature to assist students with a learning difference enhance their learning strategies.
There is a range of specialist equipment and technology that you may be eligible for. Please see the section entitled 'Disabled Students Allowance' (DSA) on the left hand column for more information. You can also contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss this further.
Strategies for Studying Efficiently
The College has a dedicated Educational Development department who can provide one-to-one sessions with students to discuss their learning styles and how to become more efficient. Please contact EDTutors@rvc.ac.uk for more information.
If you have access to the DSA and specialist study skills support has been recommended, you can attend sessions with recommended specialist tutors on site at both campuses. International students can contact the Disability Advise directly about accessing this support.