Law graduate on the case to help students with revision

A Law graduate with dyslexia, who struggled to learn by reading textbooks, has launched a company to help students revise.

Kane Oliver's light-bulb moment came as he sat in the De Montfort University Leicester (DMU) Law Library and asked himself what he could do to make his revision easier.

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Picture: William Northam

As someone who prefers to learn visually, he thought that watching videos would help, remembering how useful he'd found Bitesize - the BBC's online study support resource for school-age students.

With the help of friends he started his company, CaseRevision, while still studying.

Kane said: "CaseRevision is an online law-based revision tool to help those with dyslexia or who wish to learn visually.

"The company has been trading for nearly a year and now, after the success of my degree, it's safe to say it helped me."

Kane had always wanted to study law. He said: "It was more about whether I could, as it is a textbook-based subject.

"I struggle to take things in through reading, but I didn't realise I had dyslexia until I got to DMU."

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Nottingham-born Kane chose DMU because of the location and facilities.

He said: "I found the course difficult but the support of my tutors, my dyslexia tutor and the Disability Advice and Support team helped me pull through.

"I grew to enjoy the course. There were still stressful moments, in the third year more than anything, as I was President of the Law Society."

He was also working on CaseRevision, which took six months to get up and running.

The 21-year-old said: "Friends invested and we got funds to do legal and market research and development for the brand and company.

"It took over my life. I was in lectures one minute and then the office or library the next."

The subscription-based company produces one-minute case law videos, which give the main facts of a case and questions to answer, which you have to get right before you can watch the judgement. It is accompanied by written notes and there is also an app.

The aim is to imprint a lasting visual image in your memory to help you recall key information during exams season.

Kane said: "People can interact with the videos and lecturers can use them in a presentation, to make learning more fun."

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An image from one of the videos looking at the case of R v Miller (1983)

After graduating with a 2:2 this summer, Kane is now working full-time at the company's office in Nottingham.

He said: "We have a team who take the idea from script to animation. The content is written by students and checked by our in-house legal team.

"It's important for us to use university students and we have just set out 100 jobs as reps.

"It's been one stressful journey and we're not there yet, but I'm hoping to get more in place as time goes on.

"I've had support from friends, family and DMU - and it has all paid off."

Posted on Friday 9th September 2016

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