Student case study: Hannah Sloman

Hearing about how our software has helped students pursue their vocation makes us happy.

Not only does it remind us of the impact our software has, but we also pick up ideas for new training resources and future updates.

So we make sure to seek regular feedback from the students who inspire us.

This is the story of Hannah Sloman, a 2nd year nursing student with dyslexia who has been using Sonocent software since 2014.

The background

Hannah Sloman at University

Hannah received training in our software from Diverse Learners, providers of disability support and training for the healthcare sector and healthcare education.

At the time, she was starting a degree in nursing at the University of Chester and knew that she would have to take lots of notes in lectures and on placements.

“Taking good notes is essential on my course. I need to capture everything that I am taught so that I can revisit the material, commit it to memory and apply what I have learned on placement.”


The challenge: studying with dyslexia at degree-level

Hannah has dyslexia which affects her ability to take written notes and compose essays. She was looking for software that would allow her to create complete records of lectures, and annotate the information that she would need to revisit.

“I wanted an easy way to take recordings of lectures and instruction from my mentor on placements. But I am too busy to spend hours going through recordings trying to find the important bits - so it was important that the software allowed me to mark   them up as I listened.”


The practice: 4 useful methods for Sonocent software

Hannah uses our software to create lecture notes by recording on her laptop, highlighting the key information and importing her professor’s slides.

She has found our Sonocent Recorder companion app useful on placements, when she will record instruction from her mentor and capture her own thoughts at the end of each day.

Our software has also had a big impact on how Hannah goes about revising and composing essays.

Here’s what she has to say about how she uses our software:

I predominantly use it for taking notes in lectures as well as annotating them. I load the slides up beforehand and mark down the important parts that I know I will want to listen back to in the lecture. I also write short notes alongside my recording as I listen.”

At the end of each day, I look over anything that I found important. It’s just really easy to seek the information out rather than having to listen to the whole recording.”

When I’m on placement, I use it in two different ways.

If I want to reflect on anything after the end of a shift, I use the Sonocent Recorder app to capture those thoughts.

I also use it if my mentor says anything important as my memory is not very good. So I’ll ask them to say it into the app and I’ll export it into Sonocent Audio Notetaker later on.”

For essay writing, I use it a lot for referencing, because I’ll forget what information I got from which book. So, I’ll take a picture of the book and record myself saying ‘in this book I found out about this subject’, and when I look back I have the front cover and the inside page for the publishing date. We use APA Referencing in nursing and it can be quite complex, so I’ve found this method really helps.”

For revision, I use it mainly for looking back on lectures. For example, I knew last year that there would be an exams on ethics, so I went back to the lectures that were on that subject or anything related to them, listened through and highlighted anything that would be on the exam. Then, I transferred that information to flashcards or to a mindmap.”


The feedback

Hannah reports that she has been able to take super useful notes completely independently since she started using our software.

Here’s what she has to say about it:

“I don’t think it should just be for people with dyslexia. Lots of my coursemates have said ‘I would have it if I was given it; it looks so useful’.

It’s really visual. That’s what I like about it. It’s not just all about writing, because you can colour things and add things. Especially with dyslexia, you need things that are visual, not just text, and that’s something I’ve found with your software.”



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