Assistive Technology workshops

Laptop, book and pencil

Managing the various tasks and requirements at university, such as staying on top of your workload, planning and structuring your work, referencing, researching and revising, can be difficult. With the right tools and strategies these challenges can be overcome; giving you the ability not just to pass your assignments, but also to excel and enjoy your time at university. London Met has a range of assistive tools on university computers. This includes MindView, an intuitive mind mapping tool with huge potential, and ClaroRead, a simple and effective text-to-speech, reading and researching tool.

To help you to find the strategies that work for you, Diversity and Ability (DnA) will be delivering a series of weekly workshops on ClaroRead, MindView and a selection of free tools for students at London Met.

These will cover the following study skills:

  • Reading and Research
  • Planning and structuring
  • Organisation
  • Referencing
  • Notetaking
  • Revision


Dates of the 2018/19 workshops will be confirmed in the new academic year.


All the workshops will take place in the Student Training Studio on the second floor of the Learning Centre on Holloway Road.

There's no need to book, just turn up at 5 minutes before the session starts. Spaces are on a first come first served basis. 

This week you will learn how text to speech tools, such as ClaroRead Plus, can be used to make your reading both quicker and more efficient. ClaroRead is available on all university computers. You will be able to have books, chapters, journals and web pages read aloud to you, with a variety of different voices. You will even be able to turn those same texts into MP3 files, for listening to whilst travelling/tidying/working out at the gym/walking your dog.

We will also look at how other processes can be used, such as changing the font, line spacing and background colour can make even the heaviest of texts easier to process. Additionally, we will look at tools that help you to collate short excerpts into summary documents, for using as quotes or studying later.

This session covers:

  • Reading course texts
  • Proofreading assignments
  • Collecting quotes
  • Change voices
  • Adjusting reading speed
  • Document conversion
  • Adding comments to documents

In this workshop, you will learn about using mind-mapping tools (including the powerful mind mapping tool installed on university computers; MindView) to generate intuitive plans. We will use the tool to rapidly note down your thoughts, organise them into a structure, develop the concepts further with additional notes and comments. We will look at the various applications these maps could have, and the opportunities they could provide.

We will focus planning out your assignments, including helping you to prioritise your reading and research, deciding on a reasonable timescale for each area, and export the entire map as a preformed essay plan in Word document format; ready for you to fill in the details and submit to your tutors!

We will also look at how they could be used to create revision plans, and can even be used to study from; using colour coding and other features to help you prioritise which subjects to give the

This session covers:

  • Concept mapping
  • Attaching documents and web pages
  • Navigating mind map
  • Using task management features
  • Exporting to Microsoft Word 


Staying on top of your workload and remembering every task and detail at university can be as big a challenge as the actual learning itself. The first workshop, therefore, will look at using Google Calendars and Google Keep to help you to stay on top of that challenge. Using Google Calendars, you will be able to plot out each of the regular recurring events (lectures, seminars, work shifts etc), as well as manage your study time and be well prepared for deadlines.

Using Google Keep, we will look at how you can store and organise everything you need to remember. Use it to collect notes from your classes and research, and organise them quickly using the labelling system. We will also cover making audio notes and photo notes, which the app can convert into text. Finally, the workshop will look at how any note you create can be set a reminder, or linked to an event in your calendar.

This session covers:

  • Creating a Google account
  • Visualising your schedule
  • Setting reminders
  • Managing Uni-Work-Life balance
  • Synchronise across all your devices
  • Use tags and colours to organise
  • Set reminders on your notes
  • Convert images to text

This week we will help you to stay on top of your referencing so it doesn't become a stressful hurdle at the end of each assignment. We’ll look at using the free tool Zotero. This will enable you to collect the referencing details from books by typing in the barcode, or journals and web pages just by clicking a button in your web browser. These details can be stored until you're writing your essay and can be used to automatically create a bibliography.

This session covers:

  • Downloading and installing Zotero
  • Collecting resources’ referencing info
  • Choosing the correct referencing style
  • Inserting citations (in text or footnotes)
  • Generating a bibliography

In this workshop, we will be looking at how you can use a combination of recording tools, including digital recorders or smartphone apps. We will also look at note taking strategies so you can relax in class, and not feel like you need to write down everything the tutor says.

We will look at how certain cloud-based tools, such as Google Docs, OneNote and Evernote, could be used to record your notes. We will look at the various options for colour coding your notes and recordings, to highlight the significant areas or even the parts of the lecture that you might’ve struggled with. We will also discuss various strategies for note taking, and look at how they can be employed both digitally and with a pen and paper.

This session covers:

  • Understanding the best ways to record lectures
  • Keep notes organised and easily accessible
  • Combining smartphone apps and computer programs
  • Accessing and working with PowerPoints on Moodle
  • Working smarter, not harder
  • Mind mapping and ‘Cornell’ methods

In this workshop we will show you how to feel more prepared for your exams, returning to look at ClaroRead, and MindView (for creating mp3 files from your notes, and revision maps). 

We will also focus on the free online tool Quizlet. You will be able to quickly generate a variety of different revision aids ready for study wherever and whenever with the smartphone apps which incorporate the information you need to memorise in a variety of written, visual and audible forms.

This session covers:

  • Create digital flashcards
  • Generate revision maps
  • Condense and summarise lecture slides/notes
  • Add audio and images
  • Transfer to smartphones and tablets

DnA are a social enterprise who specialise in assistive technology training. Founded in 2011, they’ve quickly made a name for themselves, working with many of the UK’s top institutions, including Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial.

Disability and Neurodiversity are of particular interest to DnA; two of their three founders are dyslexic, and many of the team identify as disabled. To that end, they are able to approach problems from different angles and concentrate on finding tailored solutions to match the strengths and needs of the individuals that they support.

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