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Recommended Reading

This page is a list of texts to help students cope with their dyslexia.

Study Skills for Dyslexic Students

Packed full of advice on topics including note taking, essay writing, reading strategies and exam techniques, Study Skills for Students with Dyslexia is an essential read for students with dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs) in further and higher education.

The guidance and tools provided help you organise and plan your work, improve your skills and boost your confidence, so you succeed throughout your studies. The new edition contains:

A new chapter on critical thinking, giving you confidence in analysing information and expressing an argument
A new chapter on how to make the most of lectures, to ensure you’re maximising your learning opportunities
The latest IT and software references, including links to online assistive technologies
A toolkit of downloadable resources to help you plan and study with ease, including templates, planners, tasks and activities, and toolsheets.

This edition also comes with a fully editable digital download of the book, so you can access it in your preferred reading format.

Practical and interactive, this book motivates, inspires and guides you through all your studies.

This is an essential read for all dyslexic students in further and higher education.

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Praise for the First Edition:

'[W]ith all the contributors having completed the Postgraduate Certificate: Teaching Adult Dyslexic Learners in Higher Education…this reader felt that the study skills discussed were tried, tested and reliable. I shall recommend this book to confident undergraduates or those who have good teacher/support' - The Patoss Bulletin

Living with Dyspraxia: A Guide for Adults with Developmental Dyspraxia

Colley Mary (2006) Living With Dyspraxia: A Guide for Adults With Developmental Dyspraxia, Jessica Kingsley, London


For people with Developmental Dyspraxia, everyday life can pose a multitude of problems. Tasks the majority of people would find simple can often be taxing and frought with difficulty. Living with Dyspraxia was written to help all adults with Dyspraxia tackle the everyday situations that many people take for granted. It is full of practical advice on everything from getting a diagnosis to learning how to manage household chores. Important topics are addressed, such as self-esteem, whether to disclose your condition within the workplace, how to communicate more effectively and also how Dyspraxia often interacts with other conditions, such as Dyslexia, ADHD and Asperger's Syndrome.

This practical resource will be of use to adults with Dyspraxia, the professionals and families members who come into contact with them as well as those who simply wish to learn more about Dyspraxia.

Making Dyslexia Work for You: A Self-help Guide

Goodwin , V. and Thomson , B. ( 2004 ) Making Dyslexia Work for You , David Fulton , London

A bold and imaginative book that speaks directly to dyslexic adults or anyone who thinks that might be dyslexic. It is deliberately concise and easy to dip into and contains toolboxes of ideas for reading, writing, organisation and more.
Written for dyslexic adults or anyone who thinks they might be dyslexic, this bold and imagniative book is deliberately concise. It contains: Toolboxes of ideas for reading, writing, organisation, etc. Strategies developed with dyslexic people and a guide to the nature of dyslexia. Included with the book is a CD-ROM that: Provides the complete text as PDF files, downloadable resources and links to relevant websites.

Surviving and Succeeding at College

Moody, Sylvia (2007) Dyslexia: Surviving and Succeeding at College, Routledge, London


This practical and easy-to-read guide for dyslexic and dyspraxic students gives advice and tips on how to cope with college life. Clearly and simply written, it addresses not just study skills, but all aspects of student life, such as finding your way around campus, dealing with unsympathetic tutors, handling difficult emotions and preparing for the world of work.

Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Positive Responses to Specific Learning Differences

Pollak, David (Editor) (2009) Neurodiversity in Higher Education: Positive Responses to Specific Learning Differences, Wiley, London


This edited collection offers screening, teaching and practical support for specific learning differences in Higher Education

Uses international case studies to explain how psychologists identify, assess and support a range of specific learning differences in students

The higher education sector has come to terms with dyslexia, but todayâ s students are disclosing a range of learning differences including dyspraxia, ADHD, Aspergers Syndrome and dyscalculia

Institutions in all major Western countries are required by law to avoid disadvantaging students with special educational needs, so staff must be up to date on how to recognise and support them

Supported by an already popular website, Brain HE, with extra materials and colour photographs

Effective Study Skills

Price, Geraldine and Maier, Pat (2007) Effective Study Skills, Pearson, Essex


This is a high-quality, rigorous academic skills textbook providing essential guidance to the core areas of practical, aspirational and transferable skills needed by a student both to achieve success on any academic course and to secure improved grades.
It will also develop key workplace skills that will enable them to achieve success in their onward career.