Survive & Thrive: The ABC's of first year
4-week programme for undergraduate students
Survive and thrive in your 1st year of university. This is a four week programme that will introduce you to strategies to enable engagement with life at third level. Drawing on techniques from technology to positive psychology you will find new ways to engage with your work, the campus and those around you.
This course will cover topics such as:
- Develop your technology skills for learning
- Organise your college and personal timetable on your phone
- Create balance with college, hobbies
- Learn about your individual study style
- Develop and engage in daily mindfulness meditation practice to help improve your study
- Learn to use Read & Write for helpful supports
- Mindful Meditation
Here is a list of some of the useful software and tools that will be covered in this programme:
If a student uses Office 365 it has excellent built in literacy supports called Immersive Reader. Microsoft Immersive Reader is a free tool in Office 365 Online that supports literacy development for learners regardless of age or ability. Immersive Reader uses proven techniques to enhance:
- Reading comprehension
- Language learning
- Decoding for readers with dyslexia
Please click here for broad overview of what it offers:
- Immersive Reader: https://ucc.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=e2d49d1b-1299-44f2-a1f7-aac400e1ba4b
Office 365 and all its tools are aimed at being used online. However with the Immersive Reader Offline Extension you can use Immersive Reader without an internet connection.
- Click here to download: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/immersive-reader-offline-extension/9pjzqz821dq2?activetab=pivot:overviewtab
For those of us who have writing difficulties it is very important to work on developing touch-typing skills. Please see my pervious email for resources for this. MS Office 365 offers speech recognition which could be a powerful tool when writing/typing is not an option due to writing/stamina difficulties. Essentially it allows you to speak to the computer (in MS Word, Outlook and Powerpoint) and it will type what you say.
This video will show you what it offers:
- Dictate Speech Recognition: https://ucc.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=f33a244f-023f-40c3-ba72-aac40103a060