Dyslexic & Confident – Pre-entry workshops

The Disability Team is running a range of workshops for new students with dyslexia to learn strategies and techniques to help you succeed in your studies. We have identified three key areas where you might want support or advice, and we have a workshop for each:

  • Reading (and retaining information)
  • Note taking
  • Academic writing (including proof reading, grammar and spelling)

These workshops will look at why and how dyslexia can impact on different aspects of learning. We will explore how support and facilities provided at GCU can help you in being confident and effective in your learning at University. This will include a detailed examination of assistive technologies available in the University and at home, showing how you can use software, devices and apps to aid your study.

Each workshop will last two hours. As well as providing useful information and advice, the workshops will also provide an opportunity meet other students who are new to GCU.

We strongly encourage all students new to GCU with a specific learning difficulty to sign up for these workshops. We look forward to meeting you, and working together during your time at GCU.

Reading & Dyslexia

This workshop will look at why and how dyslexia impacts on your reading. We will explore how support and facilities provided at GCU can help you in becoming confident and effective in your learning at university. This will include a focus on using assistive technology to help you get through large volumes of reading while better retaining information. We will try out read-back software (available on University computers and mobile devices) as well as strategies and techniques for improving your reading and comprehension.

Note taking & Dyslexia

This workshop will look at why and how dyslexia impacts on note taking. We will consider techniques and technologies to improve your note taking skills. The focus will be on how best to use recording devices, how to take effective notes without missing crucial information, and how to organize and categorize notes after lectures.

Academic writing & Dyslexia

This workshop will look at why and how dyslexia impacts on academic writing. We will explore strategies to help you improve the quality of your written work through proof-reading, grammar and spell checking and automated referencing. We will try out software which can help with proofreading, and mind mapping software which can help with planning and structuring essays and reports.

You can book here:

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