First Year Advice

Find out more about your First Year Experience

Find out more about your First Year Experience

Tips on Thriving in First Year

First six Weeks

  1. Go to Orientation. 
  2. Decide to meet one new person every week.  Class mates are a great resource if you have to miss a lecture!
  3. Get organised.  Buy a big wall calendar – know when and where your lectures, tutorials and labs are.   Know when your assignments are due and note exams dates
  4. Find the ideal place for your study – a cosy corner in the library might be your best option
  5. Go to your lectures.  By attending lectures you will receive vital information and tips that will NOT be on Canvas  
  6. Get to know your Academic Advisor/Mentor
  7. Meet your Academic Advisor/Mentor.  Academic Staff schedule office hours specifically for the purpose of meeting you.  Take advantage of that time
  8. Get involved in Student Life
  9. Eat well. Get enough sleep. Exercise every day.

Second six Weeks

  1. Get the balance right.  If you want to play hard, you must study hard
  2. Strive for good results. Set goals for yourself and work hard to achieve them
  3. Take advantage of the study resources. Get to know your subject librarian  
  4. Consider forming a study group
  5. Don’t feel pressure to make hasty decisions. This is not a race! 
  6. Take responsibility for yourself and your actions. Being an adult means taking responsibility for everything that happens to you
  7. Prioritise your life and don’t procrastinate. Complete assignments and get good results – give yourself deadlines
  8. Stay Healthy
  9. Seek professional help when you need it.
  10. Keep track of your money. Make an appointment with Cian if you are struggling financially.
  11. Stay in touch with your Peer Support Leader. 

 If you have any concerns, please contact Nóirín Deady. Email:

First Year is a BIG Deal

University College Cork is committed  to providing first year students with a strong foundation for academic success and personal growth.   

The goals of the First Year Experience

  • To establish a connection to the University
  • To foster membership of a learning community
  • To help students to acquire knowledge and skills for self-directed learning and academic achievement
  • To expose students to diverse ideas, experiences and people
  • To provide a supportive and caring environment to afford our first year students the chance of success.

UCC Code of Honour

We ask all our First Year Students to sign the UCC Code of Honour


A Code of Honour establishes a social contract within which the University community agrees to live. The contract relies on the conviction that the personal and academic integrity of each individual member strengthens and improves the quality of life for the entire community. A sense of mutual trust is critical to achieving such a community.

UCC Code of Honour

We freely pledge to abide by the UCC Code of Honour.

Being truthful, honourable and honest in all our conduct,

we will not lie, cheat, or plagiarise.

We will always endeavour to show respect to fellow

students, staff and to all members of the wider community.

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