Study Hall Skills
At Camp Dunnabeck, students are trained to study independently and to make the best possible use of group study periods. The length of the study periods varies according to the age, needs, and maturity of the individual. From the tutor, the individual learns to set high standards, work confidently, and take pride in achievement.
The rapid development of technology has proven to be a great asset to dyslexic students. Current computer operating systems and software help them read, write, organize ideas, and synthesize information in ways that may have been impossible for them in the past.
Text-to-speech technology provides reading assistance, and programs such as Inspiration and Co-Writer help with the writing process. Both the Windows and Mac operating systems have built-in tools to assist users, and the iPad and its associated apps have expanded the array of available assistive software. At Dunnabeck, Tech students choose to work on a Windows or Mac computer, based on past experience and preference. Through the camp season, they learn the functions of various AT software and how to apply programs to their subject matter work.
Typing and word processing form an integral part of the program. With communication today being almost entirely computerized, gaining correct keyboarding skills is a necessity. The basics of typing, to improve speed and accuracy, are components of study hall skill building.
For dyslexic students, cursive handwriting in general is easier than print. So at Camp Dunnabeck, we encourage students to learn this skill. Diana Hanbury King, the co-founder of Kildonan, is the author of “Writing Skills” which is considered the best cursive writing teaching method. Right handed or left handed workbooks are utilized.
Working with an Orton-Gillingham tutor for 30 minutes of study hall time, campers compose substantive written pieces in narrative or descriptive style.
Eleventh graders have the difficult task of mastering the college essay. At camp, they can receive experienced support on how to write an effective essay—and get a jump start on the college application process for the fall.