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New Year, New Me – Taking Care of Your Mental Health (by Solenn and her mentors)

on Thu, 01/26/2017 - 22:17
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When the New Year rolls around, everyone usually takes a step back to revaluate their choices over the past year, and typically decide to make some ‘new year’s resolutions’. Now I’ll be the first one to raise my hand and admit that I failed miserably at my resolutions this year, and we’re not even a month in! However, I also think that there’s no need to place yourself into a position where you’re forcing yourself to take on too many resolutions at once. You don’t need to jump right into new activities or routines, mindsets or the new ‘Lean in 15’ diet.

Welcome to Semester 2!

on Mon, 01/16/2017 - 12:58
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Hi everyone!

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and welcome back to semester 2! By now, everyone will be more familiar with college life and with Galway, but always remember that it’s still ok to have questions, and there is plenty of supports and help available if you need them! Here’s a quick reminder of what’s available

 

  1. Student Connect Mentoring

Like last semester, your mentor will be on hand to support you with any queries you have, and to be a friendly face among the crowd! Never hesitate to contact them via WhatsApp and remember – there’s no such thing as a silly question!

Also,

Happy Christmas!

on Thu, 12/08/2016 - 18:04
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Hey everyone!

It’s hard to believe semester one is almost over and the exam season has already started! Hope you have all figured out your exam timetables and that exams are going well for everyone!

Exams can be a stressful time but remember that they’ll be over shortly, and you can enjoy the Christmas preparation after that! If you feel that everything is getting on top of you, don’t hesitate to talk to someone – be it your friend, mentor, student services. There is some really helpful advice on previous blogs too!

Hopefully everyone has enjoyed semester one; keep tuned in with your

Healthy lifestyle at exam time

on Fri, 11/25/2016 - 11:00
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Healthy Lifestyle during Exams 

 

THE GAME IS ON.

Exams! Assignments! Projects! Oh no!

Christmas is just around the corner, which means exams are even closer, and it is most definitely not the most wonderful time of the year. It can be very easy to let things run by the way side during exam season. Here are some tips from mentors on how to keep yourself in check for the coming weeks!

 

Make a timetable and study plan…. and stick to it! 

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! Planning is usually always a first port of call, but don’t just make a schedule  and toss it aside.

H0W 4RE Y0U K33P1N9??

on Sat, 11/19/2016 - 10:26
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(On behalf of Mentor Leader Sinead Ruane and her team of Mentors)

As a first year, odds are you’re still settling in. It’s a mad year of new beginnings, and it takes quite a while to fully adjust to college life. The following are places you can turn to when things aren’t the best, for whatever reason that may be. Each service outlined, in its own way, is there to support you, to help you with anything you might need help with.

First things first: health.

Preparing for exams

on Tue, 11/15/2016 - 11:24
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Below is some advice from different students with ideas on how to prepare for exams

As well as studying over lecture notes and slides, external reading can help. Sometimes reading other sources of a subject can help give clarity. It offers more detail and information on a topic or subject, giving wider knowledge of the subject. This will also help to broaden your understanding for the topic. Selecting information from readings, such as keywords, phrases can help gain more points in a type question.

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Time Management

on Fri, 11/04/2016 - 23:24
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Time Management

“You have the same number of hours in a day as Beyoncé

Are you late for assignments, generally stressing or missing activities and around the campus?

Does it sometimes feel like there's not enough hours in the day? Well, everyone has the same 24 hours in a day but how come some people make more progress in a day than you can in a week? It all comes down to time management, the art of organising and planning how to divide your time between specific activities.

University isn’t just about getting good grades in your exams, it’s also about skill development.

volunteering in and out of college

on Thu, 10/27/2016 - 11:56
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Volunteering can be a very mysterious area for first years. It has neither the leisure and social allure possessed by the societies which naturally draw curiosity and interest or the more recreational aspects of the clubs sector. Volunteering can be difficult to approach due to what it simply boils down to, which is simply put “helping out” within a wide variety of different areas.

Making friends and getting involved with college

on Wed, 10/19/2016 - 21:27
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Making friends in a new environement such as college is an obstacle each and everyone of us has to face at some stage. Whether you come to college with your friends, or peers from your secondary school you aren't always guaranteed that you will be with eachother in classes and labs! That is when you realise you need to actually 'speak to someone who is not that person youv'e been with since primary school' (Sighs). The transition between secondary school and third level can be quite daunting.

Essays, and how to prepare for them (by Solenn and her mentor group)

on Thu, 10/13/2016 - 19:36
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Understanding an essay and what is being asked of you can be difficult, especially your first essay in university. Lecturers will often highlight what they expect the contents of your essay to have, however it happens quite often that you have to do all of the research on a topic that you know nothing about. In any case, there are steps that you can take along the way that aid and improve your ability to write an academic essay or paper.

1st – Understand what the key components of the essay are. What are your key words? If your task a report, a study, a critique?

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