This month’s ‘new skill’ is really about setting myself up for academic study. Ideally study skills would already be underneath my belt but unfortunately there were many hurdles on my path preventing me from accessing this kind of training before hand. On the bright side though I was assessed by DSA as needing one – one support to train me in the use of specialist software. My new trainer arrived for the first time last week and has many simple tricks up his sleeve that he needed to develop for his own ‘additional needs’ in his university studying.
I really have to learn on the job at the moment. There is so much trouble shooting to do before I even think about the module, assignment images and submission. For instance, the essential reading material I am finding incredibly inaccessible due to neuro processing issues I have. I was looking forward to the use of the software that would read text to me but the monotone and robotic voice just doesn’t seem to help matters any. None of the books on the list are available in audio editions.
So I was getting a little despondent albeit I have a WILL DO attitude.
However, today I looked at Inspiration software for the first time. This software is going to be the key. I have a feeling the answer to studying is going to be in breaking every concept and text down into bite size pieces and inserting it on to the Inspiriation mind maps. Very time consuming but hopefully worth the additional hours. I am planning to use this method to put together the next assignment. This first attempt will probably be flawed but hopefully, with each assignment submission, improvements will be observed. I will be purchasing all future reading in ebook format as, to be honest, the mere thought of having to scan page after page, after page, after page of text on to the computer to then take into other supporting software fills me with horror.
The other major personal study skill to be undertaken will be to start with Photoshop. I have been very happy in the ‘intuitive’ Light room 4 for the last couple of years but there are limits and I now want to raise my game in edit and move some of my work across to PS but, again, PS is difficult for everybody, let alone when neuro injuries persist. My IT trainer will be helping me to find a way of working with PS and accessing developmental training. We are some weeks away from starting to trouble shoot the PS hurdles that have so far blocked me from using the Photoshop but it is now at least on the horizon.