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Learn to Succeed: Reflection on First Year Study Skills Series

24 Sep 2014

Friday, 26 September 2014, 3.00-5.00pm - O’Rahilly Building, Room 1.23

National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning Seminar 2014

Ms. Emer Clifford / Dr. Aisling O’Donnell:

Learn to Succeed: Reflection on First Year Study Skills Series

Students’ understanding of a subject is often unmistakable; however the inability to effectively communicate this knowledge subsequently limits academic results. This gap is particularly prevalent amongst students transitioning from secondary to third level education.

The teaching and learning fellowship project,Learn to Succeed, is a study skills workshop series for first year students in the Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies, University College Cork. Delivered by seven postgraduates, the aim of the series is to improve the period of transition from second to third level education. While the learning support provided is embedded and therefore discipline specific, the skills taught are transferable: applicable to students’ academic, professional and personal development. In addition to the workshops, Learn to Succeed incorporates a technological approach to learning. Social-media is utilised as a resource platform, primarily targeting the area of Spanish language acquisition which students consult in a largely holistic, informal and ad-hoc manner. Moreover, students keep an online reflective learning journal using Google Apps; therefore, students and tutors are involved in an on-going dialogue throughout the academic year.

By incorporating pedagogical and technical strategies with reflective learning practices, Learn to Succeed has realized many positive outcomes that enhance the whole student experience – both at undergraduate and postgraduate level. The ‘Teaching for Transitions’ seminar will present the preliminary findings from year one of the project.

This free event will be followed by a light reception. Please RSVP before Thursday, 25th September.

For additional information, please visit

Department of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American Studies

First Floor - Block B East O'Rahilly Building University College Cork Ireland