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The Transition to a Third Level Learning Environment

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The time is approaching for you or the young adult in your family to transition into college life.  We thought it important to gain a student’s perspective on this transition so weasked Laura Codd who has just completed a Bachelor of Business (Hons) Marketing to complete this script.  Here are her views and thoughts on this transition;

So, you’re making the move from secondary school to third level. First of all congratulations! It’s a really exciting but equally daunting milestone in your professional life and probably even more so in your personal life. It’s difficult to know what to expect and while everybody’s experience is different, there are a few tips and tricks that are worth noting before you embark on this journey.

There’s no book or definite set of rules and I can only speak from my personal experience   while also sharing a few stories from my peers along our third level journey.

Lecturers, Lessons and Learning

I cannot emphasis enough how much the learning style changes from second level to third level. I understand how frustrating it can be when a teacher is constantly checking your work over your shoulder, collecting homework, weekly tests and asking in-class questions to make sure you’re up to speed. Well, all of this is about to change, and it’s not necessarily for the better. Independent Learning is now part of your life.  Prepare yourself for vague notes, cancelled classes, deadlines and absolutely no hand holding. It’s kind of similar to when your Mam won’t make your doctor’s appointments for you anymore.

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