Private tutor Claire Frost on behalf of her year four son Noah
Noah has written this review for you (or that is to say I have been allowed to do the typing, but the words are his!) Noah Taylor Year Four C of E Combined School, Milton Keynes, Bucks My School is a primary School for people aged between 5 and 11. I am in class 4EH. My mum met someone who taught her about the C Pen [ReaderPen and ExamReader] at a conference for helping children who have difficulties with their reading. The man said Mum could borrow two pens. My mum knew that I would be the best person to test the pen because then she could make sure it was good enough to talk to other Mums about and, because she’s a teacher she could see if it would work for the children in her school. She also knows that I would test it really well and then she would know it was indestructible! I’m not allowed to use the pen for reading my reading book. My mum said I could use it for reading about Doctor Who though. I have lots of books on Dr Who but mostly the words are very hard for me, so I just look at the pictures ordinarily. BUT with my pen I can read the pages. I put my headphones in and listen to the voice in the pen and I have learned so much more! I also like the pen for maths. Sometimes there is a maths question and I know the answer to the maths but it is a long question with the maths hidden in it so it takes me a long time.
The pen makes it quicker. I can read a lot better because of the pen instead of me struggling in my brain! I’d like to change the buttons on the front because sometimes when I hold the pen my finger pushes the buttons when I don’t mean to. I would like it if there were special cases too. The carry case keeps it safe and makes sure it won’t get damaged, but you could make this more fun with superheroes or the Minions. Otherwise I think the pen is a very great design. When I have a book that I can’t really read I grab the C Pen and it helps me along the way! People who have reading problems like me would really like this pen. It has helped me so much. I am confident I can read everything now! As a Private Tutor working in North London I have demonstrated the pen to a lot of parents concerned that their child may have dyslexic tendencies. I was confident that if my son could use it so easily it would be a doddle for the older students I tutor for GCSE and A-level. Parents were especially keen once they understood their child could use the C-Pen Exam Reader and that it was JCQ approved. It has helped students no end with reading passages on English as well as sources in history and has meant they could work at greater speeds, which not only, meant they completed the exam in the allocated time but also made them feel more confident and empowered. It really is a remarkable tool which has already sparked the imaginations of so many parents and young people - GCSE students who were contemplating not attending 6th form because they simply couldn’t envisage the volume of reading are now beginning to realise that the C-Pen Reader could really help them with the content of their course as well as their anxiety around the exam itself.
A revolutionary piece of assistive technology which really can make a difference to the confidence and capabilities of children and young people wrestling with dyslexia Clare Frost Founder & Director Purple Satchel Tuition Limited