Specialist dyslexia/SpLD tutorial service

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

In person SpLD Service tutorials are temporarily suspended at present due to current measures to manage the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In response to this we have now set up online tutorial sessions where you can work with your tutor using an online platform such as Google hangouts, or Skype.  

SpLD Tutorial ServiceThis is a one‐to‐one specialist tutorial service for students who have a formal identification of a specific learning difference, like dyslexia. Students who use this service may come from any department, and any type of course offered by The University of Sheffield.

The service is provided by specialist tutors from the English Language Teaching Centre in close connection with Disability and Dyslexia Support.

What happens in the sessions?

One‐to‐one support sessions provide a safe environment where the student and tutor work in partnership to identify and build upon the student’s strengths, to improve academic literacy, and develop skills and strategies to help the student to cope with any study difficulties they experience. The content of the session is student driven and flexible. The student will see the same tutor for every session where possible. Sessions may cover a number of different areas:

• Time-management and organisation • Research skills
• Developing ideas • Note-taking
• Writing: composition, accuracy, expression, structure • Reading
• Planning • Communication
• Memory and revision • Academic confidence
• Grammar and punctuation

What should I do if I think I have dyslexia?

We've created an interactive guide to help students who have reason to think they have dyslexia. The guide can help you to understand what dyslexia is, the problems dyslexic students at University can encounter and the support available to them during their studies:

I think I have dyslexia, what should I do?

For information about applying for funding and eligibility for this one‐to‐one service, students should visit Disability and Dyslexia Support located in the Alfred Denny Building, or visit their web‐pages:


If you want to find out more about the tutorial service, please contact Victoria Mann, v.e.mann@sheffield.ac.uk

Latest News

Kate Connery, SpLD Service Tutor, with fellow members of ADSHEKate Connery appointed executive board member of ADSHE: A national body for SpLD tutors in higher education.

Kate Connery a tutor from the SpLD service, part of the ELTC, has been appointed onto the executive board of ADSHE, a professional body for dyslexia and SpLDs in higher education. The body advise the government and quality assure SpLD tutors, providing CPD and professional registration.

This appointment recognises the high standing that Kate holds within the field, and reflects on her wealth of experience and expertise. Her work in SpLDs and international students was particularly noted as being of value to the body. Chair, Mark Worrell, added,’ Kate’s election onto the board was unanimous, and we are delighted to have her on board.’

Kate’s first role will be to create a students’ charter to standardise the support offered to students in the sector.

Director of ELTC, Richard Simpson stated, ‘this is a very prestigious appointment and a testament to Kate’s commitment to SpLDs in Higher education. We are all very proud of Kate’s achievement, and are excited to have her representing us at the highest level.’

Inclusive Blackboard Collaborate Guidance

As use of Blackboard Collaborate has recently increased within the University, we've created a guide for teaching staff on how to use the platform in an inclusive way. 

Inclusion and Blackboard Collaborate Guide

Thinking Differently, Naturally

SpLD Tutor & Deputy Director Chris Webb has collaborated with the University's HR and Internal Communications teams to create videos highlighting the value of neurodiversity and how everyone’s brain works in different ways. The result is six unique stories from university colleagues who identify as being neurodiverse. View the videos here:

Thinking Differently, Naturally

Study Skills Support for Dyslexic Students

These study skills materials have been developed specifically for students with dyslexia. However, anyone needing help with their study skills may also find them useful.

Online Study Skills materials

How2 Study Skills: appointments and group workshops

Bookable appointments:   If you are waiting for a full needs assessment or diagnostic assessment, you can also book a How2 study skills appointment where we offer 30 minute online appointments with a Specialist tutor.
During your online appointment you can focus on a topic of your choice which may include writing skills, reading skills, organising and managing your time, academic confidence or talking about SpLD/dyslexia. 

Please click on book a HOW 2 appointment:

The appointments take place online.  The tutor will contact you with a link to access the online appointment via Skype or Google Hangouts.