- For students who experience anxiety or stress when typing complex information, the prediction feature learns the student’s writing style and recognises the words used most often and suggests those first.
- Word banks with faculty specific words are available for students studying medical, pharmaceutical, engineering and legal courses.
- Prediction can also be used for maths, reducing stress for students, as they don’t need to remember keyboard shortcuts.
Make the inaccessible accessible:
- Our tools can convert inaccessible documents into an accessible format. Scan course materials to come back to later or have them read aloud.
- Screen masking improves working memory and helps students to concentrate by focussing on smaller amounts of text. A poor level of concentration is a prevalent symptom in many mental health conditions.
- Screen masking can be used with the reading ruler which aids tracking when reading large bodies of text. This supports students with cognitive load difficulties by narrowing the focus to individual paragraphs.
Convert text to audio:
- For some students, reading and concentrating on large amounts of text can be overwhelming. Students can convert large volumes of text to an audible format, to listen to content, rather than read.
- Audio files are portable and can be transferred to any device, should a student prefer to work from home.
- Highlighters help students easily collate and reference their research.
- Categorising with highlighter colours aids organisational skills and helps the student to feel less stressed.
Spell checking and vocabulary:
- Students can use an accurate grammar, spelling and homophone checker to polish assignments. Enabling them to feel confident when submitting work.
- The vocabulary list allows key course phrases and terms to be collected and displayed in one place, which is a great point of reference for students with poor working memory.
- Check similar words, homophones can be tricky, but the similar word checker helps improve students’ accuracy.
- Dictionary definitions encourage students to be less reliant on support tutors. The student’s work can become more expressive, a wider vocabulary is used, and confidence grows.
- *An automatic spelling correction reduces the distraction of red lines and errors. Medication can make simple things (like recalling everyday spellings) difficult. We can remove that problem, by correcting spellings automatically.
- Both ClaroRead and Read&Write can read maths aloud for students.
- Provides auditory support for students with cognitive difficulties
- Improves auditory reading speed and productivity as listening to information can aid memory.
- Students can also track information as it is read aloud.
- A handwriting tool enables students to work however they are most comfortable. Having to change and adapt their way of working can cause unnecessary worry.
Task management / organisation:
- Knowing everything is in one place can help the student when they feel out of control, anxious and overwhelmed.
- Reminders can be set, meaning the chance of forgetting something is significantly reduced.
- Colour coding tasks or projects allows an effective mental retrieval of the information/tasks, which can reduce overwhelm and build confidence in organisational skills.
- Organisation tools can help neurodiverse students to organise their thoughts, as well as break down complex problems or handle complicated instructions.
- Global Tasks can help students to organise their personal lives, from producing shopping lists to planning a holiday.
- Remove feelings of overwhelm by using technology to help students focus.
- Writing Helper breaks big projects into bite-sized chunks to relieve stress.
- *Hide tasks that don’t require attention yet, and focus on the priority items. By focusing on the top 3 priorities to start with, students will feel less overwhelmed.
- Reduce racing thoughts that can create additional spelling and typing errors and increase stress.
*Global Tasks only
- Some students like to use mind maps to design their thoughts.
- Mind maps can then be organised into projects and tasks, prioritised and reminders set.
- Using the tools in this way helps students become more confident and productive.