Transition from second to third level can be quite daunting for many students. The movement from passive to active learning and the new responsibility of independent study can present many challenges to students. To support students we provide academic skills training and support in two ways. 

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Academic Skills Workshops


When: Wednesdays from 13:00-14:00 (Starting in Week 2 - 19th September)

Where: ALL Learning Space, First Floor James Joyce Library Building

Who: For any UCD student

The workshops are coordinated by Dr Lisa Padden. 

Each workshop will last no longer than 30 minutes leaving plenty of time for questions and individual advice afterwards.

You can bring along your lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided.

Booking is not necessary.


Semester One

19th September

Note Taking

26th September


03rd October


10th October


17th October


24th October


31st October


07th November

Exam Preparation


Semester Two

30th January

Avoiding Procrastination

6th February

Mind Mapping

13th February

Writing and Research

20th February

CVs and Cover Letters

27th February

Grammar and Punctuation

6th March

Stress Management

27th March

Presentations and Group Work

3rd April

Self Care 



For more information email

If you would like to meet someone one-to-one to cover any of the topics from the workshops or an additional topic please attend one of our drop-in sessions. These sessions are facilitated by Tom O'Brien. The sessions are every Tuesday 2-4pm and Thursday 10am-12pm

Tom’s Office is on the first floor of the James Joyce Library Building in the UCD Access & Lifelong Learning Centre. Please bring along any relevant material!