MyStudyBar is a tool which helps overcome problems that students commonly experience with studying, reading and writing. The tool consists of a set of portable open source and freeware applications, assembled into one convenient package. Easy to install, simple to use, handy and effective, MyStudyBar provides comprehensive learning support at the desktop, where it is needed. And if this is not already attractive enough, a further eye-catching feature of MyStudyBar is that it is completely FREE to download and free to use.
We've even provided step-by-step tutorials to get you started with the applications on MyStudyBar.
MyStudyBar has been produced by the same team at RSC Scotland North & East which created the award-winning AccessApps software suite. Although MyStudyBar is designed to support learners with literacy-related difficulties such as dyslexia, the toolbar can offer potential benefits to all learners.
Sir Jackie Stewart endorses MyStudyBar
Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, 3-times Formula One champion and President of Dyslexia Scotland commented, “MyStudyBar is an excellent software tool that can help overcome barriers associated with dyslexia. It can support the whole study cycle and assist with getting across a spoken or written message. It is completely free of charge to download and to use. MyStudyBar can be a great help to persons with literacy difficulties and is accessible even to those with unsupported – or hidden – dyslexia.”
Features of MyStudyBar
MyStudyBar puts a whole range of individual and essential tools at your fingertips. Together, these have been designed to support the complete study cycle from research, planning and structuring to getting across a written or spoken message. MyStudyBar has 6 sections; each has a drop down menu offering personal choice, flexibility and independent learning, particularly for those learners who require additional strategies to support their learning. With over 15 apps to choose from, MyStudyBar is the perfect study aid.
Examples include: Xmind for planning and organization; T-Bar for customising font and colour backgrounds; Lingoes for when you need a talking dictionary; LetMeType for help with text input, and Balabolka for converting text to audio. And if all that’s not enough, there’s even a speech-to-text app which allows you to talk to your computer.
You can use MyStudyBar straight from a USB stick (if, for example, you are using a machine that is not your own) or you can install it directly to the desktop. (Technical staff in colleges or universities also have the choice of installing it on the network for everyone to use).
Burlington English is a new and revolutionary platform for language learning, available free to all learners at the College. Combining in-class lessons with online modules, learners can access Burlington English anywhere and at any time, with programmes that cater to English levels equivalent to IELTS 3.0/3.5 at level 1 and IELTS 5.5/6.5 at level 4.
The Burlington English system uses cutting-edge speech recognition technology via a lightweight headset and microphone. Learners are provided with feedback and instruction to correct pronunciation and to determine specific difficulties based on each learner’s native tongue.
An additional unique feature of the system is the option to study vocabulary specific to subject or career areas including; Accounting, Business, Law, Care Giving, Finance, Hospitality, Nursing, Medicine, IT, Office Life, Travelling and Teaching.
For more information on accessing the Burlington English platform and to get your free headset, contact your Learning Development Tutor, the Learner Service Team, the International Team, or alternatively, email Burlington@edinburghcollege.ac.uk