Improve your study skills – free software workshops in the Library

We have lots of software on the PCs and laptops in the Library to support your studies. This includes software for making mind maps to represent your ideas visually, having text read aloud, managing your research sources and more.

Workshops on using the assistive software available in the Library are running throughout November. Why not come along and find out how it can help you? All workshops are suitable for beginners. Session details are below. Please click the links below the workshop titles to book.

 

Texthelp Read and write software: Reading, writing and scanning tools 

Tuesday 1 November 2016, 11:00 – 12:00, LS202, City Campus

Thursday 3 November 2016, 15:00 – 16:00, JG229, Headingley Campus

Outcomes: After this workshop you should be able to use some of the features of Texthelp Read & Write software, which is available on all Library PCs. This includes using the text to speech functions, converting text into sound files, spellchecking and dictionary functions. Texthelp Read & Write contains features beneficial to a wide range of students and staff. As the software is available on all University PCs why not see how you could benefit!

 

Mind mapping using Inspiration software – this is available on all Library PCs

Tuesday 8 November 2016, 12:00 – 13:00, LS107, City Campus

Thursday 10 November 2016, 12:00 – 13:00, JG219, Headingley Campus

Outcomes: This workshop will provide an introduction to the mind mapping package Inspiration,which is available on all Library PCs. Mind mapping is useful for visually representing different elements of a problem or idea and is an effective study technique which you can use to plan essays and reports as well as a memory aid for revision. The workshop shows you how to create a basic mind map and apply your own customisations such as design colours, images and notes. The software is currently available on every PC in the Library.

 

Mind mapping using MindView software – this is available on all Library PCs

Tuesday 15 November 2016, 12:00 – 13:00, LS107, City Campus

Thursday 17 November 2016, 12:00 – 13:00, JG229, Headingley Campus

Outcomes: This workshop will provide an introduction to the mind mapping package MindView, which is available on all Library PCs. Mind mapping is useful for visually representing different elements of a problem or idea and is an effective study technique which you can use to plan essays and reports as well as a memory aid for revision. The workshop shows you how to create a basic mind map and apply your own customisations such as design colours, images and notes. The software is currently available on every PC in the Library.

 

Texthelp Read and Write software: Research tools – this is available on all Library PCs

Tuesday 22nd November 2016, 12:00 – 13:00, LS107, City Campus

Thursday 24th November 2016, 15:00 – 16:00, JG229, Headingley Campus

Bookings for these sessions available soon via the Workshop timetable.

Outcomes: This workshop will cover the Research features of Texthelp Read & Write software, which is available on all Library PCs. Use the Fact Folder to collect all of your research sources into one place and create a bibliography of all your sources which can easily be exported into a Word document. The Study Skills tool allows you to add coloured highlights to sections of text in Word documents and web pages. These could be useful information for assignments, quotes or things you need to research further. Extract these highlights into a new document, including the bibliography of where you found the highlighted text, which is useful when researching for assignments. You can also create your own vocabulary lists.

 

The Library website gives details of the full range of software available on Library PCs and laptops and specific information on assistive software.

If you have any queries about software in the Library please contact us.

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