Support for all students
Support is available for you even if you do not have a learning support decision.
You can read more about the different types of support below, and for suggestions that could help you with your studies.
Listen to course literature and texts
If you have reading difficulties, you can download talking books free of charge from the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTM). This may also apply even if you do not have a learning support decision.
Tortalk is a speech synthesis program that can read out all types of on-screen text, including PDF files and websites. This is available to all SLU students.
Read more about listening to course literature and texts.
Computer programs and apps
There are many computer programs and apps that can help you with your studies. Programs for listening to texts and for help with spelling are installed on the computers in the computer rooms. You can also install them on your own computer if you contact IT support.
There are also several apps you can try out, such as ones that help with note-taking.
Read more about our computer programs and get tips about useful apps.
The Dyslexie font
A font specially created to make reading easier if you have dyslexia. The Dyslexie font is available on all SLU student computers.
You can also download the font to your personal computer for free from the design company’s website. Example texts with the font can be found there.
Read more about the Dyslexie font and download it.
Resource rooms/resource computers
All computers on campus are equipped with special programs to help students with reading and writing difficulties. The resource computers contain two additional programs (ScreenRuler and Wordfinder).
Resource rooms are available at the SLU libraries in Ultuna and Umeå. They offer a calm study environment. Alnarp has two resource computers, of which one is available in Primula and can be booked as a group room. The other resource computer is available in the Ladan computer room.
Centre for Academic Language
Do you have a written assignment or an oral presentation coming up? Whether it is a literature review, a lab report, your thesis or an abstract for a conference, you may need support and feedback.
The Centre for Academic Language provides support for students preparing a written or oral presentation, in Swedish or English. Pay us a visit during our drop-in hours, or make an appointment with a language tutor.
Studying at university differs in many ways from studying at upper-secondary school, folk high schools or adult education at upper-secondary level. There is often a considerably larger amount of course literature. There are also fewer teacher directed learning hours, meaning there is a higher demand for independence.
Therefore it is important for you to develop a good study technique that works for you. Study techniques may be anything from taking relevant notes to planning your study time and developing speed-reading methods.