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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?

Mental Health and Services in NUIG

on Thu, 10/06/2016 - 09:55

Mental Health is something that affects everyone of us. Just like we look after our bodies, so too must we be kind to our minds. Stress is a big part of any college student's life and if not managed properly with the right support, it's easy to let it get out of hand. College can be overwhelming sometimes, with assignment deadlines and exams and the like. Throughout your college career and indeed the rest of your life, you will experience ups and downs, highs and lows, good times and bad.

Budgeting by Sinead Ruane (Mentor Leader)

on Fri, 09/30/2016 - 09:59
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Budgeting and Managing Money


When you start in college one of the things that may cause stress is your financials. I believe that there are ten easy steps to stretch your income so you can survive in college stress free, at least from a financial point of view.


1. Draw Up a Budget


This is a very simple thing to do. You can do it with some pen and paper or even online through excel. Make record of all your income and a record of your essential expenditure. Once you’ve worked that out you’ll know how much money you have left over to spend on the non-essential expenditure. 




on Tue, 09/20/2016 - 18:08
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Hi Guys,

Welcome to the Student Connect website! We are the coordinators for this year and are looking forward to working with you all.

The Student Connect programme is focused on the welfare and well-being of first year students, creating friendships and a mentor to guide you and answer any queries that you may have this year through Whatsapp. We have had such a good response so far on the Whatsapp medium so keep up the good work!

It is a service run for students, by leader students that aims to help in the transition from secondary school to college.

We hope that you are getting what


on Fri, 09/09/2016 - 14:14
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Welcome to all our new students.  Hope you have settled in, are finding your way around campus and enjoying student life.  We saw lots of you attending Clubs and Societies Days during the week.  Dont forget to go along to the Volunteering Fair next week.  You might like to follow the Accommodation and Welfare twitter feed at NUIGAccom&Welfare for helpful tips.  

Thanks to all the Studence Connect Mentors who did such a good job in welcoming you all to NUIG and for making you feel at home.

Don't foget that they are there to help you through the academic year.

Goodbye for this year

on Thu, 04/21/2016 - 17:36
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Hi Guys,

So study week is upon us yet again meaning we are also at the end of our college year which means the programme is both wrapping up and starting fresh.

This past year we have had the absolute pleasure of being the Student Connect Coordinators, both of us can safely say that we will leave college this May with only the best of memories from this programme. It has given both of us a massive collection of skills and qualities that we could never have learned in a lecture hall and for that we are truly grateful.

Exams, Results and Repeats

on Tue, 04/12/2016 - 20:48
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Hey Guys,

It’s that time of year again where the exams have crept up and the library is packed with students guzzling coffee in a bid to make it to the summer holidays, myself included! :)

For you first years this is your second set of college exams so most of you will know the story from Christmas but here are just a few reminders and tips for the exam season ahead.

If you haven’t got your exam timetable they are available now at the link below.

Remember the past exam papers are available online at this link:


Subject choices for next year. Decisions, decisions, decisions...

on Thu, 03/10/2016 - 12:51
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-By Niamh Leonard & Mentors

As second semester is moving on by many of you may be wondering about what the next year of your course will entail. In some courses you will also have to make subject/module choices for next year. So we asked some of the mentors to give some tips about picking subjects for second year of your course and some general pieces of information they think would be handy to know about college next year.


The first thing you should do is try have an idea in what direction you want to continue your study.

Thoughts on Mentoring and How you can Take Part

on Wed, 03/02/2016 - 18:42
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Hey all,

For those of you thinking about becoming a mentor next year, and I highly suggest that you do consider signing up. It is a huge benefit to your CV and it is also a chance to help new first years coming into the university.

The link is here:

It doesn’t take a huge amount of effort but it is really beneficial.

I’ve gathered together a few thoughts from current mentors of the programme so that you can get the opinions of those who are running the show right now.

Summer Options for Students

on Fri, 02/26/2016 - 05:57
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As we pass the halfway mark in the semester, along comes the impending doom of approaching exams and assignment deadlines. However, as they draw closer, there is also the promise of summer holidays. Last summer, many of you sat your Leaving Certs or equivalent exams, not fully tasting freedom till the end of June. This year, many of you will finish in the month of May …. So what can you possibly do with 3 or 4 full months of freedom?