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MyStudyBar is a tool which helps overcome problems that students commonly experience with studying, reading and writing. Easy to install, simple to use, handy and effective, MyStudyBar provides comprehensive learning support at the desktop, where it is needed. Although MyStudyBar is designed to support learners with literacy-related difficulties such as dyslexia, the toolbar can offer potential benefits to all learners.

New version released : Go to the Download page to get the latest version of MyStudyBar


Features of MyStudyBar

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.

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.

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).

MyStudyBar step-by-step guides

To get you started with MyStudyBar we have provided some useful help materials. Included among these are video tutorials on how to get the best from the MyStudyBar and all its components.

If you’ve downloaded MyStudyBar but you’re not sure how to extract and copy the files to your USB drive you can view the extracting installation tutorials by selecting this link.

Introduction to MyStudyBar




Planning Support

Mind maps have many, many applications in the educational environment from helping to make very visual timetables to being an excellent comprehension and study tool where the student makes their own mind map of a certain chapter or topic. In creating the mind map the student processes the information very intensely. Through the use of colour, space and images they can make their own very visual representation of their learning materials. They can be printed out or if they use the mind map on the computer they can also avail of sound files (perhaps to help with languages) or of video files (YouTube has some wonderful education resources). Once created their own mind map on a topic is the perfect customised revision aid helping to go back over materials in the run up to an exam.

This video gives an outline of how to use mindmapping for school work and homework…..

Using mindmapping for schoolwork and homework


XMind and mind mapping tutorial
XMind and mind mapping tutorial in Word format
HottNotes tutorial in Word format
Sunbird Calendar in Word format

Reading Support
T-Bar and screen masking tutorial
T-Bar screen masking tutorial in Word format
RapidSet tutorial in Word format
Vu-Bar tutorial in Word format
ssOverlay colour filter
ssOverlay colour filter tutorial in Word format
Orato text reader
Orato text reading ‘in application’

Writing Support
Lingoes and dictionary tutorial
Lingoes and dictionary tutorial in Word format
LetMeType and word prediction tutorial
LetMeType tutorial in Word format
Balabolka Part 1: overview
Balabolka Part 2: text-to-speech and Save as MP3
Balabolka Part 3: importing a dictionary and spelling support
Balabolka tutorial in Word format
Stamina touch typing tutorial in Word format

LetMeType Fix

Download the tutorial in Word Format.

Download the tutorial in PDF format.

Vision Support
Virtual Magnifier tutorial in Word format
Sonar mouse tracking tutorial in Word format

Windows Speech Recognition

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Download MyStudyBar for Windows XP

Download MyStudyBar for Windows Vista/Win 7

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