7 things you need to know

This fall will be a momentous occasion for many first-time Third Level students as they embark on the next stage of their education. Throughout the pandemic there has been a question mark over how this will play out, but it looks like this year will mark the first time since the start of the pandemic where third level students for the first time will be able to physically attend their new university course. institution. Starting college is a hugely important time for any student, and it can be fraught with excitement and anxiety, apprehension and anticipation.

Here are some tips that students may find useful as they begin their third-level studies:

1. Study For most students entering tertiary institutions this fall, their final two and a half years of study will have been interrupted multiple times, involving a combination of online and in-person classes. Although online courses are still available at some institutions, with many lectures being recorded and downloaded for later review, most study for those starting in fall 2022 will be on campus and in person.

Studies at the second level differ considerably from studies at the third level. The responsibility to study and deliver the work within a certain time frame rests entirely with the student, and professors or tutors will not be able to register to ensure that students submit their work in a timely manner. Lecture halls can accommodate hundreds of students at a time, and lecturers are very different from high school teachers, where students may never speak directly with their lecturer during a semester, and the lecturer will likely never know their name. Seminars and tutorial groups are smaller, more interactive study environments where students can express their thoughts and opinions.

Rote learning and regurgitation of facts will not suffice in middle school, as teachers will expect something different.

Third level modules can often be a fusion of continuous assessments, projects, oral examinations, practical assessments and examinations, spread over each semester.

Many third-tier colleges offer courses aimed at helping students learn effectively. These will help you take notes, study and manage your time, as well as understand how to approach questions and plan an argument. Contact your tutor for more information.

2. Accommodation For some students, continuing to live at home may be a viable option for at least the first few years of their higher education, but for others this is not possible, and seeking accommodation outside the family home will be necessary. .

Some colleges and universities may reserve a certain portion of on-campus accommodation for freshmen, while there are also a number of private student accommodation companies such as Aparto, Yugo and HeyDay. These options tend to be quite expensive, but have the advantage of ongoing leases exclusively for the academic year.

With the current rental market, it will be difficult to find suitable and affordable private accommodation. Contact individual colleges about on-campus accommodation options and whether they offer supports to help students find housing in the area.

3. Route For students who live closer to their new institution or who have access to reliable public transportation, finding a reliable and affordable transportation route is essential. All third tier students in Ireland are eligible for a student card, and the student card is the only student card accepted for student fares on Irish Rail, Luas, Dart and Dublin Bus, but Bus Éireann will accept any valid student IDENTIFIER.

Irish Rail, Luas, Dart and Dublin Bus also have daily and weekly caps for students using the student card, ensuring that students do not pay more than a certain cap each day or week. The Luas offers seven-day and 30-day student tickets, while monthly Dart student tickets cost €100.

4. Budgeting While many students were able to manage their own money through part-time jobs and pocket money throughout high school, third-level budgeting can be a very different story. Students can get money from family, part-time work, government grants, or a combination of the three. For many students, this will be their first foray into adulthood, and they now have to budget for many things in life that they wouldn’t have had before. Supermarkets such as Lidl and Aldi can guarantee that students get their money’s worth when it comes to their weekly groceries. A helpful tip is to keep track of your finances by noting down your income and expenses each week. This way you can keep an eye on your expenses.

Student discounts are also generous, for transportation, meals, nights out, clothing and more. A valid student card or Student Leap card are generally accepted as student IDs to qualify for these discounts. The College’s Student Support Services and the Students’ Union will offer help and assistance where and when needed.

5. Clubs and Societies To be involved! Although clubs and extracurricular activities exist at the second level, in third level clubs, societies and other student activities can become an important part of your daily college life. These organizations are usually student-run, and new clubs and societies may be formed from year to year. As a result, at the third level there are usually a wide variety of clubs and societies to suit the interests of all students.

Student politics is also a path that many young people choose to take, from the level of class representative to the level of sabbatical officers (sabbatical officers are full-time paid employees of the institution’s student union and take a sabbatical year during or after their studies to fulfill this role). Many higher education institutions also offer student publications tailored to their interests, including student newspapers, law journals, literary journals, magazines, and more.

6. Social life Socializing over the past two and a half years has been somewhat chaotic, with inbound and outbound restrictions dictating when, where, and for how long we could mingle with friends. In the immediate term, it looks like restaurants, pubs, nightclubs and other venues will remain open, allowing students to experience the nightlife that their new institution and potentially new city or town has to offer. Students will likely be out mostly mid-week, which tends to differ significantly from pre- and post-student life, and students may hang out in places that are new to them, with a new social group.

It is extremely important when socializing, especially where alcohol may be consumed, to keep you and your friends safe. Stay in a group and share taxis if possible. If you need to leave the location on your own, let your friends know and share your location with them. If you’re taking a taxi, try to use a taxi-cab app if possible to get the driver’s details. If you hail a taxi, take a photo of the driver’s license plate and contact details and share them with your friends.

7. Mental Health Moving from second to third level can be a huge adjustment, which can be incredibly exciting, but also stressful and anxiety-provoking, especially after a very tumultuous 2.5 years. A heavier workload, increased responsibility, as well as trying to navigate an entirely new environment are momentous changes in your life, and it is natural to struggle somewhat during this time. Many services are available to students at their institutions, such as free or heavily subsidized counselling, free or subsidized medical visits, Student Union welfare officers and teams, or services such as Niteline, a student-run student support line, accessible by phone. or chat online.

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