Student Central is an academic support programme for students with significant learning needs. Students who typically avail of this support include students with Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder or a mental health condition. Support is tailored to meet the individual needs of the student, with the objective of improving academic outcomes and helping the student meet the demands of his or her course.
What will I learn in Student Central?
You will work collaboratively with an Assistant Psychologist to develop practical self management skills and strategies that will assist you in completing your college tasks. The first meeting will focus on how you learn and some of the academic challenges you might experience in university. A programme of support will be tailored to meet your individual needs and this might include some of the following skills and strategies:
- Academic skills: You will learn the skills needed to succeed at third level including reading and note-taking, academic writing and referencing, exam revision and strategy, giving presentations. You will learn study techniques such as mind-mapping, 6 hats.
- Learning styles: Everybody learns in different ways. You will learn about your own individual leaning style and how to use this to make the most of your study time.
- Setting SMART goals: You will learn to break down your college tasks into manageable chunks and prioritise what is most important. This will help you to set goals and achieve goals on time.
- Maintaining wellness: College can be a stressful time and you will need to monitor and manage your wellness and wellbeing. You will learn to recognise when you are becoming stressed and develop ways to deal with stress. Student Central can also advise you on further supports that are available if necessary.
- Concentration: You will learn ways to stay active in your reading, studying and lectures. This will help you to stay focused on the task.
- Social skills: Some students find the social side of college life a challenge. Successful social interaction is a delicate, two-way process and you will learn to start conversations with your classmates, work in groups and communicate appropriately.
- Time management: You will learn to organise your time to balance college, work and leisure time. Staying on top of your work load will reduce stress coming up to deadlines and exams.
- Organisation skills: Keeping track of notes, college work, books and computer files can be daunting. Let us show you how to stay organised so that everything you need will be at your fingertips when you need it.
Signing up for Student Central
To avail of this support you must be referred by your Disability Advisor. If you feel you may benefit from Student Central you are advised, in the first instance, to talk to your Disability Advisor.