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Resources for students

The following assistive software and apps are available for free or as a limited trial. Click on the software or app below to be redirected to the relevant website to download these resources.


Audio Notetaker (30 day trial)

This software allows you to combine lecture audio recordings, photographs and Powerpoints of lecture slides with your own notes. It can be used with Sonocent Recorder (below).

Audio Notetaker trial

Sonocent Link (free)

This app allows you to record audio using your smartphone (Android and IOS). The app can be used in conjuction with Audio Notetaker (above).

Sonocent Link (Google Store)

Sonocent Link (IOS, App store)

Notetalker app and  Notetalker Edit (free trial)

This is a full note-taking package which allows you to use your smartphone as a voice recorder, and then to combine these recordings with lecture slides and your own notes.

Notetalker trial

Glean App ( 30 Day Free Trial)

This is a Google Chrome browser-based app that can be used online or offline to help you take better notes, pinpoint important information, and keep a recording of class meetings.

Glean trial

Research and reading

Texthelp Read & Write (30 day trial)

This is text-to-speech software, which reads aloud on-screen text, including scanned text, word processed text and online text. Also included are screen tinting and screen ruler options to allow you to read more comfortably.

Texthelp trial

ClaroRead Pro (15 day trial)

An alternative text-to-speech software, which reads out on-screen text. This software also includes screen tinting to alleviate the symptoms of visual stress.

ClaroRead Pro trial

Grammar and spellchecking

Ginger software (free)

This is a spelling and grammar checker which provides whole sentence, context based spell checking for improved correction accuracy. The software also includes word prediction, text reader and dictionary features.

Ginger software


Grammarly is an automated proofreader that offers automated context based corrections for spelling, grammar and vocabulary.  The software not only flags issues but also offers suggestions for correction.  The software works in conjunction with Microsoft office applications as well as leading web browsers.  Registering an account with Grammarly will further provide access to the free downloads for the Grammarly for MS Office application.


Merriam-Webster dictionary (free)

This dictionary app includes voice search functionality.

Merriam-Webster app

Visual planning and mind-mapping

MindView (30 day trial)

This software allows you to create mind maps for organising your research materials, planning assignments and developing ideas.

MindView trial

Study skills

Palgrave study skills

The Palgrave website provides useful information for improving your general study skills. The website provides short guides on how to develop revision and exam techniques, making notes, planning essays, etc.

Palgrave study skills guides