IT Skills: Microsoft Word

Now that you are a university student your computer skills may be put to the test. Are you being asked to create documents that you never previously had to? If you are ‘Frightened of Formatting’, or ‘Worried about Word’ then the Skills Centre’s Microsoft Word sessions are the place for you.

These practical sessions will take you through the functionality of Microsoft Word showing you how to line-space, indent, format and file. Understanding the functionality of the software will help you to work more effectively, saving you time and effort, and leaving more time for researching, writing and proofreading.

There are excellent free resources available to you so that you can brush up on your skills at home. These may also help if you are working on an assignment after office hours and need to format your work!

Remember as a UCC student you have full access to the G-suite through your email. This is a valuable resource and you should become familiar with it as soon as possible. If you have any questions pop by during a drop in time where the Skills Centre Tutors will be available to answer any queries you may have.

These sessions will run throughout for the first four weeks of semester one. 

Please complete this little survey, it will help us to deliver the skills you need.

Is this session not on the skills sessions timetable? Would you or a group be interested in attending this session, but the Skills Centre is currently not offering it? Let us know! We would be happy to know what session students look forward to the most, so the Skills Centre can cater to all of your academic needs, simply email us about the sessions you or a group would like to attend.

Resources you may find useful:

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:

 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:

 For those of us who have writing difficulties it is very important to work on developing touch-typing skills. 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:

For student who want to build their typing skills please visit the typing website