In Search of Words (Book)

In Search of Words (Book)

The western education system is dominated by words. Linear, lexical information transmission is the norm, and most of us don’t think twice about it. We train our children to think and learn in words from a very early age, marginalising alternative ways of processing information. This can have a limiting, or even devastating, effect on learners.

No matter whether it’s supporting within a traditional learning context, or enabling an individual to wholeheartedly embrace their very unique learning style, Footnotes provides a readily transferrable method. An alternative approach such as this is urgently needed by many, to help individuals integrate with their education, no matter what the setting.



In this book Oliver West offers a unique insight into the mind of a visual thinker. Chronically dyslexic himself, he has developed a unique portfolio of visual thinking techniques for learning and personal development. These techniques and strategies enable visual thinkers and those with dyslexic tendencies to discover why they think differently and to find learning strategies which work for them. They have proven successful in helping learners in all levels of education, from pre-school to postgraduate; students who have continually struggled with traditional education have found their ability to learn transformed through the use of Oliver West’s ‘Footnotes’ techniques. For many visual thinkers they have become an essential tool for overcoming day-to-day frustrations in memory and communication, in education and beyond.

The book introduces some of the main characteristics of visual thinkers, and then presents a range of Footnotes visual thinking techniques in a dyslexia-friendly format.

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So What Are People Saying?

    Youth and Community Worker: “I recently read the book “In search of words – footnotes visual thinking techniques” by Oliver West. I found it a deeply moving book. As a dyslexic and visual thinker, so much of his book resonated with me. This is my journey, as I took notes, and then in words so it makes sense to others than me…” Read her journey for a demonstration of Footnotes in use.

    “Shed some tears of empathy and connection, when reading your book.  You have really inspired me to believe that by acknowledging and tapping into my different learning style, I can achieve at University level, although some of my prof’s are doubtful…….which just makes me even more determined.”

    “Dyslexics listening to him are astonished to hear someone talking to them in a language they can understand. They may even feel that for the first time they have met another human being.!! For non-dyslexics his words, written or spoken, are a revelation. A whole new world is suddenly opened up for them. Here is a way to contact creative minds and, what is more, to rouse one’s own creative skills…”

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