The Study Skills Toolkit for Students with Dyslexia
Publication Year: 2012
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 ...
- Front Matter
- Back Matter
- Subject Index
- Chapter 1: Stepping Out into University with Dyslexia
- Chapter 2: Procrastination
- Chapter 3: Note-Taking
- Chapter 4: Understanding Your Assignment
- Chapter 5: Gathering Information
- Chapter 6: Thinking Critically
- Chapter 7: Writing Your Assignment
- Chapter 8: Writing Your Dissertation
- Chapter 9: Referencing
- Chapter 10: Exams
- Chapter 11: Oral Presentations
- Chapter 12: Making the Most of Your Feedback
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In memory of my Dad, Tommy – with gratitude for the values he taught me, the laughter he gave me and the love he left me. And with deepest gratitude to my Mum, May for always being there and whose many sacrifices and generous spirit taught me the true value of giving.
About the Author
As with any project, there's you and then there are those who support you to make sure the job gets done!
Heartfelt appreciation goes to my editor, Jude Bowen for believing in my project and giving me this wonderful opportunity to give something back to the student population that has enriched my working life. Thanks also to the assistant editors who've guided and supported me at different points in this project – Amy Jarrold, Alex Molineux and Miriam Davey, and to the production team, marketing team and other staff members at SAGE who've supported my work each in their own way.
To my mentors who first introduced me to the world of dyslexia and who taught me well – Arne Løkken (Norway), the late Professor George Thomson, and Joe McDermott. With thanks to my family, friends, colleagues and the many students who've taught me the true meaning of dyslexia and afforded me the opportunity to say – I love my work.
Getting the job done has meant drawing on the wisdom and talents of others I knew would keep me right and tell me as it is. I am deeply indebted to my friend and colleague, Fran McColm and my nephew, Jonathan Stevenson for helping me unpack my ideas, and for their invaluable and honest comments.
Then there's the creativity of ‘min gamle kalosje’ Sr Christine Jensenius for her contribution to my front cover idea, my colleague, Richard Firth for my Running Clock image and Jonathan for my Dissertation Diamond, Note Nugget, On and Off switches and W.Cube-It images. I am also grateful to the colleagues who provided assignment questions for use in my work – William Goodall, Lisa Watson and Richard Firth, and Dr Mike Sanderson.
Finally, there's the technology advice and support for my non-technology brain – thanks to my colleague, Colin Gray and my friend, Dr Panos Vlachopolous for explanations of podcast and vodcast software. Thank you also to my friend, Bruce Darby for his guidance and support on my use of technology to ensure I did indeed ‘get it right’.
How to Use This Toolkit[Page ix]
Don't like reading a book from cover to cover? Then this Toolkit is ideal for you.
Just dip in and out of the different chapters as and when you need them. Mix and match the tools – if one specific tool works for you then stick with it. It's all about you, your learning style and what works for you during your learning process.
A word of caution though about writing style and referencing when using the Toolkit. You'll see in Chapter 7 that I'm advising you not to use contractions of words when writing an academic assignment, and, of course, you'll see I'm using them myself throughout the Toolkit. Why? Well, it's part of my writing style so that my explanation of academic tasks and your understanding of them will feel less stuffy, and more accessible and manageable.
Different universities, courses and tutors use different referencing styles, even different versions of the Harvard system, so always check with your tutor the style they'd prefer you to use.
You can also go to the Companion Website for this book http://www.sagepub/gribben to access downloadable resources, all the activities from the toolkit plus a podcast for each chapter and to watch a video about the toolkit from the author.
So you're a student, you have dyslexia, you do things differently, and with that, you contribute to the world of education in an invaluably different way. So believe in your ability and enjoy!
If you would like a more accessible version of this book, SAGE would be very happy to provide you with a Word or PDF version of the text. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make your request.
Companion Website[Page x]
Video from Monica Gribben
Chapter 1 Podcast
- Further web links for Chapter 1
- Activity 1.1 Mapping Man: Your Worry – Identifying, Mapping, Scaling
- Activity 1.2 Reshaping Your Worries
- Activity 1.3 Visual, Auditory or Tactile Learner – or Simply a Bit of Everything?
- Activity 1.4 Styled Learning
- Activity 1.5 What's Needed in Your Study Bag? Complete Your List
- Activity 1.6 Your w.w.w. Study Space
- Activity 1.7 Mirroring Janus – the Worst and the Best
Chapter 2 Podcast
- Further web links for Chapter 2
- Activity 2.1 Defining Your Goals
- Activity 2.2 Name It to Change It!
- Activity 2.3 Scaling
- Activity 2.4 So What's Really Stopping You?
- Activity 2.5 Mirroring Janus
- Activity 2.6 Advertising You
- Activity 2.7 Name It, Colour It!
- Activity 2.8 Scale Your Feeling
- Activity 2.9 Traffic Light, All Systems Go!
- Activity 2.10 Complete Your Procrastination Mapping Man
Chapter 3 Podcast
- Further web links for Chapter 3
- Activity 3.1 Your Lecture Notes
- Activity 3.2 Test Your Note-Taking Skills
- Activity 3.3 Connections
Chapter 4 Podcast
- Further web links for Chapter 4
- Activity 4.1 Question – From Word to Meaning [Page xi]
- Activity 4.2 Question – Breaking Down the Bits to Understand the Whole
- Activity 4.3 The Meaning Wheel
- Activity 4.4 From Asking Word to What You Need to Do
- Activity 4.5 Brainstorming
Chapter 5 Podcast
- Further web links for Chapter 5
- Activity 5.1 Library Treasure Hunt
- Activity 5.2 Summarise and Paraphrase
Chapter 6 Podcast
- Further web links for Chapter 6
- Activity 6.1 Your Thought Pot
- Activity 6.2 Comparing Thought Pots
- Activity 6.3 Dissecting the Lecture
- Activity 6.4 Core and Fingertips Critical Thinking Skills
- Activity 6.5 Critical Thinking Wall
Chapter 7 Podcast
- Further web links for Chapter 7
- Activity 7.1 Reversals – Note It!
- Activity 7.2 Reversals
- Activity 7.3 SWOT It
- Activity 7.4 How Much Do You Know?
- Activity 7.5 Goals
- Activity 7.6 Think Free, Write Free
- Activity 7.7 Personalised Blockbuster Cards
- Activity 7.8 Unlock the Block
- Activity 7.9 First Draft Checklist
- Activity 7.10 Second Draft Checklist
- Activity 7.11 Final Edit Checklist
Chapter 8 Podcast
- Further web links for Chapter 8
- Activity 8.1 Scaling
- Activity 8.2 Key Costs
- Activity 8.3 Noted Deadlines
- Activity 8.4 Sticker or Drifter
- Activity 8.5 Data-Collection Timeline
- Activity 8.6 The Whats?
Chapter 9 Podcast
- Further web links for Chapter 9
- Activity 9.1 MRTR [Page xii]
- Activity 9.2 The ‘W’ Questions
- Activity 9.3 Practise Your Referencing Skills
- Activity 9.4 In-Text Citations (Check Harvard Referencing for Answers)
Chapter 10 Podcast
- Further web links for Chapter 10
- Activity 10.1 Note Your Support
- Activity 10.2 Colour the Triggers and Add Your Own
- Activity 10.3 Symbol Association
- Activity 10.4 Your Bigger Picture
- Activity 10.5 Revision Hours
- Activity 10.6 Final Check
- Activity 10.7 Switch on or Switch Off
Chapter 11 Podcast
- Further web links for Chapter 11
- Activity 11.1 Log Your Presentation
- Activity 11.2 Pyramid Planning
- Activity 11.3 Engaging pyramids
- Activity 11.4 Anticipating Questions
- Activity 11.5 It's All in the timing
- Activity 11.6 Final Checklist
Chapter 12 Podcast
- Further web links for Chapter 12
- Activity 12.1 Remove the Person, Keep the Ally
- Activity 12.2 Consider the Feedback
- Activity 12.3 From Message to Feedback
- Activity 12.4 From Feedback to Strategy
- Activity 12.5 From Strategy to Action
- Activity 12.6 Looking Back to Feed Forward
- Appendix 1: Activity 1.3 Answers
- Appendix 2: Activity 1.4 Answers
- Appendix 3: Activity 3.3 Answers
- Appendix 4: Key Asking Words Dictionary – Version 1
- Appendix 4: Key Asking Words Dictionary – Version 2
- Appendix 5: Activity 7.4 Answers
- Appendix 6: Sample Dissertation Layout
- Appendix 7: Technology in Your Toolkits
- Appendix 7: Table 7.1 The 10-Step assignment checklist
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