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Overcoming barriers to study if you have a disability or health condition: Further reading - OU Disability Publications

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Note: This is public information, if you've already registered you can access more detailed information in Disabled student support

Studying with Dyslexia booklet

Studying with Dyslexia booklet cover

You can download a PDF copy or you can use an accessible Word version.
Study with Dyslexia (DOC, 130.5 KB)

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. What is dyslexia?
  3. Learning at the OU
  4. Organisation and time management
  5. Reading
  6. Taking notes
  7. Assignment writing
  8. Revision and exams
  9. In conclusion

Studying and Staying Mentally Healthy booklet

Mental health difficulties can present real challenges to OU students. This booklet contains advice and tips to help your study become an enjoyable and worthwhile experience, and to help you stay mentally healthy.

Studying and Staying Mentally Healthy booklet cover

You can download a PDF copy or you can use an accessible Word version.
Studying and Staying Mentally Healthy (DOC, 93 KB)

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Studying and mental health
  3. Studying and the OU
  4. Organisation and time management
  5. Reading and taking notes
  6. Working with others
  7. Writing assignments
  8. Revision and examinations
  9. What if I become too ill to study?
  10. In conclusion

Studying when you are D/deaf booklet

This booklet lets D/deaf students know what to expect from the OU study experience and provides useful study tips and strategies.

Studying when you are D/deaf booklet cover

You can download a PDF copy or you can use an accessible Word version.
Studying when you are D/deaf (DOC, 67 KB)

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Studying and the OU
  3. How the OU can help you
  4. Choosing your course
  5. Communicating and working with other people
  6. Reading, taking notes and writing assignments
  7. Revision, examinations and ECAs
  8. In conclusion
  9. Glossary

Studying with Little or No Sight booklet

This booklet lets students who are visually impaired know what to expect from the OU study experience. It gives plenty of study tips and provides many useful sources of assistive technologies.

Studying with Little or No Sight booklet cover

You can download a PDF copy or you can use an accessible Word version.
Studying with little or no sight (DOC, 138 KB)

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Table of contents

  1. Introduction
  2. What does the OU mean by 'little or no sight'?
  3. OU study methods
  4. Supporting your learning
  5. Visual and non-visual approaches to study
  6. Using computers
  7. Accessing printed material
  8. Taking notes
  9. Being organised
  10. Writing assignments
  11. Revision and exams
  12. Appendixes

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If you're still unclear about overcoming barriers to studying you can:

  • message your peers on the OU Students Association (OUSA) Disabled Student Group Facebook page,
  • contact the Student Recruitment and Support Centre on 0300 303 5303
  • and choose to study an Access Course before your qualification.
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