Starting college is an exciting, if somewhat daunting, time of any young (or not so young!) person's life. We’re here to support you every step of the way.
#First5weeks Welcome Programme
We know that moving away from home to go to college is a big change, and the #First5weeks programme is designed to make it easier for you to find your feet and get settled.
During your #First5weeks at college, we have scheduled a variety of activities, both academic and social, to help familiarise students at all GMIT campuses with college and course work, and life (as you will get to know it) as a third level student. There will be a range of fun and interesting opportunities for you to interact and socialise with your new classmates. In other words, we want you to have fun settling in. (Not too much fun though, there still needs to be time for study!)
It is really important for all new students to attend the #First5weeks Welcome Programme, as it will provide you with all the information you need to know. And on that note, check out your Academic Planner 2018-19 (PDF, 476KB) for important dates (i.e. exams, exam results, etc.) throughout the year!
Learning at College
Everyone learns in different ways - that is one of the things that makes us all so unique. Your learning experience at college may be different to what you have experienced up to this point, be it in Secondary School, or at another college or university, here in Ireland or abroad. At GMIT students engage in self-directed research, independent learning, and in addition to examinations, have quite a bit of continuous assesment on course work. We have lots of supports available to help you transition to learning at third level, including:
1. Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS)
PASS is a programme which helps you settle into college life and develop independent learning skills. It involves student leaders from other years facilitating weekly one hour timetabled study sessions with first year students. You can ask your PASS leader to help with a variety of issues including:
- How to get the most out of lectures
- Locating resources in the library
- Practicing presentations
- Tackling assessments and exams
- General issues such as finance and accommodation
Read more about Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) at GMIT.
2. Learning & Innovation Skills (LIS)
As a first year student, you may need help developing your learning skills to meet the demands of third-level study. In order to ease the transition from second to third level, all first year students at GMIT take a module called Learning and Innovation Skills (LIS). The LIS module covers topics including:
- Learning at third level
- Time management
- Group work/team skills
- Learning with Moodle
- Study skills
- Problem solving skills
- Academic integrity
The small class sizes for this module also offer excellent opportunities to get to know your fellow classmates.
3. Academic Writing Centre
The purpose of the GMIT Academic Writing Centre is to enable students to fulfil their potential in the academic writing tasks which are part of their course work. The Centre offers focused academic writing tuition to students of the Institute at all levels, in all years (including postgraduate), and across all disciplines. The tuition available takes the form of pre-bookable, thirty minute, one-to-one sessions, directed by individual student need.
4. Maths Learning Centre
The Maths Learning Centre offers free maths tuition to GMIT students. It is a drop-in service, no booking required. You bring along your problem and your class notes, and you will get the help you require.
5. Information Skills
While studying at GMIT, students are encouraged to develop their learning opportunities by doing research beyond what is set by lecturers. This allows the lecturers to observe students aquiring a better understanding of the subjects they are engaging in. As a new student, you will be required to search, read and evaluate information independently on the topics you are studying. To do this effectively you need good information skills. The library will offer workshops to help you with this.
In addition to helping you learn at college, we offer a range of general supports to help you get the most out of your time spent at GMIT. The Students Services Offices provides resources for:
- Students with Disabilities
- Student Health Unit
- Mature Students
Click here for further details.
There are two funds available to help students who find themselves in financial difficulty:
The Student Assistance Fund (SAF) is intended to provide financial support to disadvantaged students who require additional financial support to enable them to fully benefit from their third level studies. The SAF is funded by the Irish Government and part-funded by the European Social Fund under the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme.
The Student Support Fund (SSF) is a limited emergency fund available to students who experience unexpected financial difficulties during their time at GMIT. Such support is often offered in the form of a short-term loan.
Application forms and guidelines for both funds are available from the Student Services Office. The SAF application form may also be downloaded from the student portal.
Click here for information on scholarships and bursaries for which you may qualify during your time in college.
The Language of College
When you start college, you will hear a lot of new terms, and at times it may sound like a foreign language. We’ve tried to summarise a few of the most common terms here, but remember, if you don’t understand, all you have to do is ask one of your new classmates, or lecturer!
Clubs and Societies
Getting involved in a Club or Society is an integral part of the whole college experience. Maybe you are excited about meeting new people who share common interests, or maybe you want to learn a new skill (Archery, cooking, photography), or maybe you have a little free time and you want to volunteer to help others in your community? Click here to see the list of Clubs and Societies we have at GMIT.