A Scottish start-up has created a smartphone app designed to help dyslexic students starting university this month tackle challenges the difficulty presents in a learning environment.
Present Pal is a presentation support software that helps presenters to deliver a more confident and prepared presentation.
It guides users through their presentation with interactive flashcards on their smartphone/tablet, integrating fully with Microsoft PowerPoint.
Research has found that graded presentations are a requirement for 93% of students and with 77% of the general population actively fearing the prospect of public speaking, it is clear that presentation anxiety is a cause for concern, the company thinks.
Presentations can be especially daunting for those with learning differences, and the panic of trying to read scrawled notes made the night before coupled with the anxiety of public speaking is a real phobia for 86% of dyslexic students.
Founder and CEO, Chris Hughes, said: “The idea for Present Pal came about through my own experiences as a dyslexic student, during which I realised that there is no real presentation support available for struggling students.
“The soft launch of Present Pal has given us an excellent opportunity to refine and revamp the App in time for uni starting.
“The team and I are really delighted with the final App and can’t wait to help as many students as possible. It’s great to see all of our hard work finally coming together.”