Come study with us!

Have you ever felt like you procrastinate or put something off for too long and end up leaving it all until the last minute? Have you ever felt distracted when writing or studying? Do you tend to look at your phone instead of doing what you were supposed to be doing? Or you could be sitting down and doing the work but you end up getting stuck on a particular paragraph or sentence? Well these are the sessions for you! These sessions will help you to create a routine and increase your productivity. This is a must for people who struggle to find the motivation to sit down and do the work. Your own study methods might be good, but you may also be able to sharpen your skills by adding new methods. Spending a lot of time alone studying can become monotonous. Joining a study group can add a social aspect to your study routine. It also gives you an outlet for discussing topics that you are struggling with.

The UCC Skills Centre will be running online study sessions for groups with a tutor present. There will be a session each day, with a day specified for students from Arts, Celtic Studies & Social Sciences (CACSSS), Business & Law, Medicine & Health and Science, Engineering & Food Science (SEFS).

These sessions are available for any undergraduate student in UCC at the following times:

Monday

2pm - 3pm

CACSSS

Tuesday

2pm - 3pm

Business & Law

Wednesday

2pm - 3pm

SEFS

Thursday

2pm - 3pm

Medecine & Health

Advantages

  • Turns writing from a solitary, to a social experience.
  • Develop friendships with people who are studying similar topics.
  • Be part of a community of people striving to increase their productivity.
  • Meeting at a regular, pre-arranged time means there is no organisational work required and you only need to focus on the task at hand.
  • Have a single screen to focus on and eliminate the distractions while being online.
  • Get more done in less time without distractions.
  • Create a routine and eliminate procrastination.
  • Become more motivated by being inspired by other focused students.
  • Meet a tutor with a personalised approach willing to answer any questions that may be stalling your creative process and gain a sense of clarity about your work.
  • The tutor will enable students to work together and avoid situations where the study group becomes too talkative and distracted about the task at hand.
  • You might learn something from a question that another student asks the tutor.
  • Students in study groups usually learn faster and become more productive than students who study alone.

 

Come Study With us Session Information

  • You should have your material ready before the session begins. For example, an article, book, pen, notepad, etc.
  • Try to have a quiet and clutter free work space ready for the session. The less distractions the better.
  • You should know what you want to focus on in the session. Set a realistic goal before attending the session. This might be a trial and error process and remember you will have more done than before!
  • We recommend to have one task per session. Having too many tasks will overload your brain and you will end up feeling as though you did not get anything done or switching from one thing to another.
  • Take a few minutes before you start your study session, or between subjects, to close your eyes and clear your mind of everything else. It may sound crazy, but those few minutes will help you to create the right headspace to focus in on what you need to.
  • The sessions will take place online at a regular pre-arranged time which you will have to book to attend.

The tutor will initially introduce themselves and briefly explain how the session will work. The sessions will use the Pomodoro technique which is short writing sprints of 40 minutes. The tutor will be responsible for making sure that each meeting is conducted according to this timeline.

The tutor will allow time for everyone else to introduce themselves to help you to discover if another student is working on a similar project. This will open up discussions about your academic work. This will consist of your name, department that you belong to and what you will be working on in the session. There is no pressure to talk but you might benefit from other student’s perspectives and advice. It might even be just a casual conversation! This ensures that studying is not just an isolating experience.

  • The tutor will also offer a tip of the day, based on material from the Skills Centre and from frequently asked questions from students. This should take up to 10 minutes at the start of each session.

You can work on anything, so long as it’s work — transcription, analysis, reading, editing & proofreading, organising your notes – even email (although we don’t recommend it). There will be no exercises or judgment! The only rule is to be silent when everyone else is. This is where the Pomodoro Technique begins where there is 40 minutes of silence for everyone to work.

If you are losing track of what you were doing the tutor is there to help you. Having someone clear up your confusion saves time that you would have spent trying to figure out how to say something or what you would like to say. The tutor will answer all questions in an orderly and efficient manner.

After the session has ended you should acknowledge the amount of work that you have done and make a to-do list in order to know what you still need to do. This list will help create order in your brain and maintain your routine. You can actively keep track of how productive you have been. Sometimes you need to be able to check just one thing off the list to get you motivated to do the rest of your work. The tutor will remind you of this and allow time at the end of the session to enable you to complete this task. Don’t worry if you do not complete the work you set out to do. Sometimes things can take longer than expected and that is ok! Just know that you have done something and you are better off than you were an hour ago.

  • There will be 10 minutes at the end of each session for one last chat and to complete your to do list.

Online Learning resources

The Skills Centre provides a variety of learning assets and sessions to aid students in their academic development. Below is a listing of our openly available resources and sessions that may benefit your students.

  • The Success Zone, Canvas space: The resources here, available to all UCC students, aim to provide you with information and learning materials that you will need while settling into and journeying through your time in college. Here, you can learn to develop (or refresh!) transitional skills such as note-taking and time management, explore budgeting and the realities of university life and develop effective academic writing and communication skills to ensure that you get the most out of the  time here at University College Cork. You will find learning material from Student IT (Links to an external site.),  the UCC Library (Links to an external site.)the Graduate Attributes Programme  (Links to an external site.)and UCC’s Skills Centre. These resources will help you develop academically, personally and professionally. 
  • Academic Writing & Studying Resources: On this page, you will find a variety of downloadable handouts, covering important guidelines for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. These resources are based on common questions about academic writing, general skills and specific assignments within your course.
  • The Write Here, Write Now Podcast Series: This podcast series is structured around the theme of student literacy. Each episode explores and directly addresses recurrent issues experienced by university students that occur throughout their academic career.
  • The Gimme Two Minutes series: The 'Gimme Two Minutes' YouTube video series, focuses on very basic concepts related to the academic writing and preparation skills, delivered by the University College Cork Skills Centre in a short and visual format. These videos can be used as self-learning tools and also give you a taste of what sessions and workshops the Skills Centre offers to UCC students.
  • The Minute Methods series: This series is brought to you by the Skills Centre Avatars Joey, Millie, Steve and Eunice. The avatars have spent time with the Skills Centre tutors to create short snappy videos that will help you to develop good study habits and academic writing etiquette, all in just one minute. From note-taking and study strategies, making the most of your lectures and exploring the different elements of your assignments Minute Methods has something for everyone.

Frequently Asked Questions

Sometimes work or tasks will take a little longer than expected, and that’s okay too! The point of a routine is not to cause panic, but just to give you a sense of order and to encourage productivity. If you are having trouble setting goals, you can visit the Skills Centre website to view online material to help you with this. It is accessible at https://www.ucc.ie/en/skillscentre/sessions/. There are tips for Goal Setting and Motivation, Time Management, Study Strategies and Learning Online among others.

The role of the tutor is to help you to overcome writing blocks and avoid over focusing on a specific element, e.g. the phrasing of a sentence. The tutor will be familiar with academic writing styles in your department, for example arts or science. The tutor will be available to answer any questions but cannot advise you on content or subject specific information. The tutor will advise when you should approach your lecturer/department/ tutor.  

Please contact the Skills Centre if the time is not suitable for your schedule via email skillscentre@ucc.ie. The tutors and staff will be willing to schedule another session if there are a number of students interested. You can also book a one-to-one session with a tutor to work on material that you have already written. If you want more information about this, please visit our information on virtual one-to-one appointments.

It is understandable that life sometimes gets in the way and that is why there will be sessions every week. If you want to attend another session specifically for students in another department that is possible, although, the tutor may not be as familiar with the writing guidelines. The tutor will be willing to help and you are encouraged to ask any questions that you might not know the answer to. 

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