Calling university students with or without dyslexia

We are delighted to be able to share trainee clinical psychologist Holly’s further request for help with her research into dyslexia and emotions that she is conducting for her PhD from Royal Holloway University London. Many of you were kind enough to help Holly design her research process. Whether or not you helped with this, we would like you to take part in the research.

If you are an undergraduate university student with or without dyslexia, Holly would love you to answer a few questions.  You will receive a £5 Amazon voucher as a thank you for taking part.

You can find out more below and you can take part here:

By |2023-12-06T10:23:44+00:00December 5th, 2023|Latest news, Research news|0 Comments

UK uni students wanted to answer quick questionnaire

Are you a UK uni student aged 18-23? Could you help Simon from Sunderland University with his MSc in Psychology? Simon is conducting interesting research into early versus late dyslexia diagnosis. No formal diagnosis is needed; if you have self-diagnosed or you are a student without dyslexia, we would love you to take part too.
The study is a 10-minute online questionnaire accessed below. 
Thank you!
By |2023-08-15T12:39:06+01:00August 15th, 2023|Latest news, Research news|0 Comments

Research into students with dyslexia

Do you have 20 minutes to help Anna, an MSc Psychology student from Dundee University?

Anna is examining how students with dyslexia have learnt to compensate for the associated reading difficulties in order to cope with the reading demand required to complete a degree. She needs students who are currently at university to complete this study – both with and without dyslexia.

The study is anonymous and consists of a 20-minute session of three online tasks. There is more information on the link below and you are not obliged to take part or complete the tasks once you click the link.

Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity and the University of Dundee take your confidentiality seriously. By clicking on this link, you may be tracked by the provider of the current web page. In order to prevent this, we advise that you cut and paste the URL into a new browser tab or page.

Please pass this on if you know of anyone who could take part.

Thank you.

By |2022-10-10T17:32:26+01:00October 10th, 2022|Research news|0 Comments

Revision tips for effective learning

This is the time of year when revision takes priority over many other activities for students whose exams are fast approaching. The key is to study smarter, not harder (or longer). Here we look at a few revision tips.

Get organised

Decide where and when you are going to revise. Pick a quiet space and make sure you have all the equipment and books you need. Some people prefer to study with others around as it can help with discipline but chose a space alone if that would distract you. It’s most helpful if you leave your phone in another room.

Plan your revision

Devise a revision plan working backwards from your exam dates. Use a checklist of each subject’s topics so that you can cross them off and make sure you have covered everything.

When making your plan, be realistic. You won’t benefit from revising for eight straight hours a day or all evening after school or college. Aim for around four sessions of 20 to 30 minutes in an evening and perhaps six to eight if you have all day.

Each session should cover a different topic to keep you fresh. Before you start, have a clear idea of what you are going to study during each session. Plan in breaks – most of five to ten minutes, with longer breaks so that you can do something nice.

Time your sessions

Using the Pomodoro technique can help you stay motivated and focussed. Each 25-minute session is timed using an alarm clock or kitchen timer. It’s 25 minutes because that’s the optimum time to concentrate and not get distracted. Use a couple of minutes at the start of each session to get ready and use the last five minutes to review what you have learnt. Most effective learning happens at the beginning and the end of a session so short sessions mean lots of beginnings and endings! See more about the Pomodoro technique here.

Use a variety of learning techniques

We all have ways of learning that work better for us but using a variety is helpful too. During each short revision session:

  • Before reading, take an overview of the material – by reading titles, the introduction, the beginning and the end of paragraphs and the conclusion. This primes your brain about the topic before you start reading in depth.
  • Revision by just reading, highlighting or copying notes, is not as effective as testing your knowledge.
  • To test yourself you could:

– build a mind map where you do a ‘brain dump’

– use cue cards to answer questions

– explain a concept, using your own words, to someone else.

  • If you write, draw, use colour, speak out loud and use gestures, the information is made more memorable and more easily retrievable. Rather like routes to a destination, the more roads there are, and the more times they are driven, the easier it is to get there.

Regular testing sticks – the Leitner system

The Leitner system is an efficient way to test yourself using cue cards, monitor your progress and focus on what you find tricky. Cue cards are reviewed at intervals and this repetition is both effective and rewarding. Written down, the system seems quite fiddly so it is worth watching a video on the system. This one is easy to follow.

Look after yourself

Most important, when you are preparing for exams, is to look after yourself. Take time to:

  • Sleep for long enough each day.
  • Eat well.
  • Drink lots of water. Your brain is 75-80 per cent water. Being even slightly dehydrated affects its function!
  • Take exercise and get out of the house.
  • See friends and have fun.

Good luck!

By |2022-12-08T15:15:33+00:00May 8th, 2022|Team blog|0 Comments


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