The Diverse Learners Team
Team Ethos at Diverse Learners:
To guide your learning journey, through identifying individual learning styles, personalising strategies, and through the use of assistive technology so that you become a more efficient and effective learner, with confidence in your capabilities.
Specialist Study Skills Tuition and Job Coaching
I have worked for the last 27 years in a variety of roles, supporting people to access academic and vocational education as well as in the workplace. Having been identified as having Dyspraxia, sensory processing disorder and ADD I understand how – for many people – education and/or work can become a negative experience if their needs aren’t addressed, and this is why I am passionate about making the learning experience as positive as possible. I work with Dyspraxia Ireland as their employment consultant to raise awareness of some simple solutions to inclusive approaches that employers can adopt to support their employees whether they have a disability or not. I’m also an inclusion adviser (Neurodiversity)to the Nursing Midwifery faculty for Plymouth University where I also am an associate lecturer most recently on the Nurse Mentorship Course. I gained my degree and post graduate qualification via distance learning. As an Open University graduate, I can empathise with the challenges and pressures of this method of learning and I now support student son Open University Courses. You can see me at work in this video that the Open University made in 2015.
I am always trying to raise awareness of Dyspraxia, Neurodiversity and Inclusion via vlogging, blogging, tweeting and lobbying parliament as well as delivering training courses and interactive workshops for Diverse Learners. I support other individuals and Organisations such as NHS Employers Diversity and Inclusion team, NHS North West Dyslexia Network avid campaigner. I passionately believe in the role of technology as a strategy for inclusion and I sat on the executive committee as the Assistive Technology Officer for The Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (my professional body) 2014-2016.
I encourage students and clients to build on the strategies and techniques they know, and to develop new and different ones, giving them confidence to use their knowledge and skills in ways that work best for them. I work in partnership with students and clients to enable them to do more, in less time, and with less stress and wasted energy.
Over the last 27 years I have developed an extensive background in student support, in a wide variety of educational settings. I have supported students (many with mental health issues) in managing their learning and feeling more in control of their studies.
As a registered nurse, I have developed an empathetic approach to support, encouraging students to develop self-esteem and self-confidence, and manage their stress and anxiety through time-management and organisational strategies.
Specialist Study Skills Tuition
I have 12 years of experience working with higher education students who have either a specific learning difficulty or a disability. My main area of expertise is with healthcare students; nurses, midwives, medical students, dieticians, nutritionists, operating department practitioners, social workers, physiotherapists.
I use a friendly, question, discussion and demonstration approach to support students throughout their studies, helping them to develop strategies to target their effort more effectively, and to achieve their potential.
I want you to be the best that you can be, but I also want you to have a life too!
As a qualified midwife myself, I am aware of the particular difficulties of working in a variety of clinical placement settings, and within different and difficult shift patterns. This background also enables me to recognise and suggest transferrable techniques from the academic to the clinical area, and vice versa.
I joined the team as secretary in 2016 and I have been working with Diverse Learners have being to offer quick responses to students, assessors and general enquiries about our services. I also help to manage Diverse Learners Twitter and Facebook including our daily tips – #DLTips I also have a blog about my experiences as a young adult. I also vlog with Kerry (my mum) for the Diverse Learners YouTube channel about Dyspraxia Tips for adults giving our personal experiences, tips and advice in a light-hearted and informal way about Dyspraxia.