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 2017/18 Semester One

When: Wednesdays at 1pm starting in Week 2 (20th of September)

Where: Access & Lifelong Learning (Learning Space), 1st Floor James Joyce Library Building

Who: These workshops for any student in UCD who would like to gain the academic skills required to be successful at university. While the workshops are open to any student, they are best suited to those in the first year of their undergraduate degree.

The workshops are taught primarily by Dr Lisa Padden. Lisa is the Academic Skills Coordinator in Access & Lifelong Learning. Carmel Norris from UCD Library will teach the workshops in Weeks 5 and 6.

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 and tea/coffee will be provided for those who want it!

Week 2

20th September 1pm

Note Taking: How, What, Where, When

Week 3

27th September 1pm

Time Management:

Study Schedules and “Free Time”

Week 4

4th October 1pm

Writing in University:

Introduction to Academic Essays

Week 5

11th October 1pm

Using the Library: Research Skills

Week 6

18th October 1pm

Referencing and Avoiding Plagiarism

Week 7

25th October 1pm

Proofreading and Editing your Assignments

Week 8

1st November 1pm

Study Skills: How to Learn at University

Week 9

8th November 1pm

Exam Preparation


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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!