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  • Scheduling emails and Bullet Journal's

    03 Dec 2020
    Scheduling emails and Bullet Journal's

    Hi there, My name is Maura, and I am a second-year PhD student in Medicine. Leanne has invited me to write today’s blog to tell you about two things I wished I had known earlier.

     First of all, spurred by another blog post, I wished I had new earlier about the scheduled send option in gmail/umail. With this function, you can write your emails and then have them send at a pre-set time allowing you to work on your emails at your convenience while still making sure you end up in the right email inbox at the right time. Want to increase your chance, that your lecturers is reading your email first, make sure the email hit his/her inbox around 9am, even though you might have already typed the email at 11pm the night before.

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  • Lessons I learned from my undergrad

    18 Mar 2021
    Lessons I learned from my undergrad

    Coming to college from secondary school, it’s super easy to get swept away by college life and lecture schedules that are all over the place. Amongst all the distractions, it can be very hard to figure out when you work best, and what assignments to do when. Make sure you figure out what time of day you can concentrate best (for some that’s in the mornings, for some that’s at night, there’s no right or wrong here!). Use that as a guide to structure your days and carve out specific time slots that are allocated to college work. Not every day is the same in terms of productivity. But you will find that if you stick to your best working times, you get more done in less time and it will become a habit to get college work done!

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  • The importance of editors

    19 Nov 2020
    The importance of editors

    As an undergraduate, I paid little attention to the acknowledgment pages of the books I read for my degree. Back then, I did not know just how significant that easily turned acknowledgment page could or would be in any academic’s life. What I know now is to look for and to read the heartfelt thank you given by every author to their editors. If you have never experienced what it is to have someone edit your work, this Blog post is certainly for you.

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  • Why you should attend your lectures

    10 Nov 2020
    Why you should attend your lectures

    In my first year of university, I did not attend many lecturesIn my naive view, the hard work had been completed. I had coasted through the leaving certificate with relatively little stress and by some miracle had received just enough points to get into the only course I had put down on my CAOAs a result, I believed the hard work was over.

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  • Never be afraid to ask a question

    11 Mar 2021
    Never be afraid to ask a question

    I learned early on in college that you should never be afraid to ask people about something you’re not quite sure about, or that you need a little more information on. If you’re struggling with a module, a specific topic you just cannot wrap your head around, or you want to know about potential laboratory studentships (I’d recommend looking into one of these as in CK402 there is no set placement), or you just want to ask about potential post-graduate routes – never be afraid to find someone to ask. 

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  • How to assess the methodological quality of a study.

    29 Oct 2020
    How to assess the methodological quality of a study.

    This blog is following on from last week’s topic How to critically appraise a paper. The main difference between critically appraising a paper and conducting a methodological quality assessment is that a critical appraisal usually involves the entire paper while a methodological quality assessment specifically focuses on the methods and results section. 

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  • How to critically appraise a scientific paper (medical journal)

    22 Oct 2020
    How to critically appraise a scientific paper (medical journal)

    Welcome back to my blog post series, today’s topic is How to read a critically appraise a scientific paper (medical journal).

     Firstly, it is important to understand why we critically analyse papers. One of the main reasons is to determine if this paper is trustworthy. Are findings of this paper generalizable and applicable to a clinical or hospital setting?

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  • How to read a scientific paper (medical journal) correctly.

    15 Oct 2020
    How to read a scientific paper (medical journal) correctly.

    As students, reading journal articles can be long and very time consuming. When the workload increases you may not have time to read entire articles. Here is where I can give you some tips and tricks about how to extract the relevant and important information from journal articles which will save you heaps of time during the busy study period.

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  • Exploring Literary Texts

    10 Dec 2020
    Exploring Literary Texts

    Whether we are returning to education after a long break, changing to a course we have an interest in but no experience of, or are coming straight from school to college, studying literature is by no means straight-forward. Whether you are a student who picked English as a last-minute choice from the pool of arts subjects or selected it out of genuine love of the subject, regardless it has a long-standing reputation as “the easy choice”. This is understandable when we consider the ways in which the leaving certificate is set out. While our teachers may have been enthusiastic and innovative, this system itself outlines exactly what answers they are looking for and the students are guided towards these literary interpretations. Ultimately, in our school days, we likely had a lot of help.

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  • How to get past the first steps of writing

    03 Apr 2021
    How to get past the first steps of writing

    My name is Triona. I am delighted to be taking part in the Skills Centre “If I knew then what I know now” initiative. This blog post is designed for all students; those transitioning into college from Secondary School, from their undergrad to a masters, those taking their first step into education as a mature student and all those returning to education after some time away!

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  • If only I knew then what I know now - blog series by students, for students

    08 Oct 2020
    If only I knew then what I know now - blog series by students, for students

    My name is Leanne Ahern and I am delighted to be part of this new initiative by the Skills Centre entitled “If I knew then what I know now”. The aim of this initiative is to help new and returning students here at UCC to become familiar with the academic standards and protocols associated with third-level education. These blogs are aimed for all students including those transitioning from secondary school to first year of college, mature students returning to college, current students and masters students transitioning from an undergraduate degree. This blog series will cover a range of different topics which will be beneficial for students including how to read journal articles and develop new skills around academic writing.

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  • How to search for relevant journal articles

    26 Nov 2020
    How to search for relevant journal articles

    Welcome back to the 'If I knew then what I know now' blog series, today’s topic is How to search for relevant journal articles. When searching for a journal article I would recommend using the UCC Library OneSearch. The reason for this is because some databases have a paywall and UCC might have access. If you do have any difficulty finding any article you can always ask the library staff for help (they are great).

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  • Happy Holidays from the Skills Centre!

    18 Dec 2020
    Happy Holidays from the Skills Centre!

    It is that time of year again, and it is hard to believe that it has come around again so quickly! While it has been a year that has been full of challenges, we here at the Skills Centre (and it is safe to say, from all departments from across the University) must commend the perseverance shown by student body. The positive attitudes and mentalities conveyed in the face of adversity this year are truly inspiring. Every individual reading should take a moment to congratulate themselves, you all deserve nothing less. Truly, well done.

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