JUST Jesuit University Support and Training (Ballymun)

2nd and 3rd Year

Programme 3

Support for Current Undergraduate Students


Outline:

This support programme aims to address the main barriers experienced by socio-economically disadvantaged students to availing fully of higher education opportunities. Support is offered either on a one-to one basis or in small peer groups.

Elements:

1. Fortnightly contact (by phone or in person) with a member of the J.U.S.T. support team. The aim of this regular contact is to ensure that any difficulties can be resolved as soon as possible.
2. A monthly peer group meeting. This meeting with other students at the same stage will provide an opportunity to share experiences and learn from others.
3. A year-long programme addressing specific issues, divided between two semesters.

1st Semester

WEEK 1:

Assessing progress to date (level of satisfaction with the course; level of academic performance; perceived difficulties and needs)

WEEK 2:

Advanced writing skills I (appropriate modes of expression for different disciplines; learning from examples; practice)

WEEK 3:

Advanced writing skills II (developing a personal style; expanding vocabulary; creative writing)

WEEK 4:

Oral communication skills I (organizing and presenting ideas; structuring an oral presentation; exploiting nervousness)

WEEK 5:

Oral communication skills II (examples of good oratory; debating; practice)

WEEK 6:

Cultural event

WEEK 7:

Developing self-confidence I (self-exploration; self-acceptance)


WEEK 8:

Developing self-confidence II (autobiography; dreams; ambitions)

WEEK 9:

Improving exam technique I

WEEK 10:

Improving exam technique II

2nd Semester

WEEK 1:

Advanced writing skills III (style sheets; referencing; footnotes; bibliographies)

WEEK 2:

Advanced writing skills IV (writing an article – practice)


WEEK 3:

Class presentations I – oral skills


WEEK 4:

Class presentations II – use of handouts, overhead projector, PowerPoint, etc.)

WEEK 5:

Cultural event

WEEK 6:

Self-assessment exercise (setting concrete goals for final weeks)

WEEK 7:

Study and employment opportunities (preparing a CV; where to submit a CV; relating work to study, etc.)

WEEK 8:

Postgraduate opportunities (identifying the right programme and college; research or taught?; transition from undergraduate to postgraduate work)

WEEK 9:

Exam preparation I

WEEK 10:

Exam preparation II