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IT Basics: Apps


Our guide to Digital Accessibility has information to help you to adapt your use of technology to fit your learning style and needs.


You can use the features built-in to your devices operating system to customise your experience. This can include adjusting the display settings so you can read the screen more easily. It also covers how to use the text-to-speech features so that your device can read text aloud to you.

Whether you are using a Windows PC, a Mac, or your own mobile device, there is informatiom to help you.


The guide covers technology to help with reading, namely: 

  • features and apps that read text aloud to you
  • features and apps that simplify the text on your screen to make it clearer to read.
  • using software you already have to better support you
  • find information on specialist apps and services that can better support you in your learning.


On the Writing page you'll find information about apps that can help you to improve your writing, ranging from helping you to organise your thoughts before you start writing, to helping you to improve the clarity of your writing afterwards.

There is also information on speech-to-text software that can allow you dictate your ideas to your device to write for you.

Study apps

The study apps page covers a wide range of apps that can support your studies. This includes apps to develop you ability to focus and manage your time while studying, and help you to take notes in lectures. There are even apps that can create a pleasant and productive study environment for you with ambient sound and music.


Managing your wellbeing is an important skill to learn both while you are studying and for life in general. The guide includes suggestions for apps to help with meditation and mindfulness practice, and podcasts that can help you to manage your mental health.