Reading and lectures
Get an overview of complex topics through accessible sources e.g. video, TV, podcast, simpler book or discussion with friends.
5 Active Reading Strategies for Textbook Assignments - College Info Geek
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Free downloadable software to use in your browser, on a memory stick or in Windows. Use it to change font, font size or background colour. Read selected text out loud or look up words in the dictionary.
Free downloadable text reader for PC.
Import or type text and hear it read out loud. Change voice, background colour, font and spacing (iOS - free).
Coggle is an online tool for creating and sharing mindmaps. It works online in your browser: there's nothing to download or install.
Free, downloadable Cornell Notes template - this pdf file can be edited so you can type in notes.
Free text reader which will read and save to different formats.
Organise notes into notebooks. Add images, sketches, lists and webclips. Access anywhere. Available across a range of platforms.
Cross platform tool for capturing and sharing notes, lists, images and audio clips.
YouTube Video explaining five different methods for taking notes in lectures (but can also apply to notes from reading).
How to quote, paraphrase and summarise sources. Has real examples of students' writing and information about common errors.
A set of freeware apps to help with reading, writing, planning and organisation. Comes with tutorials and can be run from a flash drive. PC only.
Drag and drop or paste text into the box to hear it read out loud. Range of natural voices to choose from. Free version has basic features.
Speed reading app for iOS (under £5).
ReadAloud works with Windows 10 to read text out loud. Upload Word or PDF files or paste in text. You can customise voice, font and colours.
Small, accessible book.
Advice and interactive exercises from the University of Sheffield to improve reading skills.
Free online tool which simpifies English. Go to Settings to customise.
Speed reading app for Android (free).
Free online tool to help you develop your reading speed.
The 'go-to' study skills book for new students with (or without) dyslexia.
Text reading app for Android (free).