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This website has been designed as a flexible learning resource for all students who are moving into third level courses. The demands of an academic course are very different from those of second level. Students are responsible for their own learning and will not have the same levels of support, they often experience great difficulty in finding out exactly what standards of performance are expected and how to learn and apply these new skills quickly.

This website is accessible to all students including students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties and can provide them with information on how to study effectively in a third level environment when and where they need information. It provides general guidelines on:

  • planning your study programme
  • finding out your learning preferences
  • making most use of your time
  • organising your writing
  • taking notes
  • planning and writing an academic paper
  • writing bibliographies
  • writing summaries
  • improving your writing techniques
  • answering examination questions
  • memorising vast amount of information
  • accommodations for students with disabilities

The website also includes information and guidelines for academic staff on how you can adjust your teaching practices in order to include a student with disabilities or specific learning difficulties.

There are an increasing number of students with disabilities accessing third level and many will have different learning needs to the traditional student. There are now over 2,760 students with disabilities in third level courses or 2.4% of the undergraduate population, 1000 of these in Dublin Colleges alone. A student with a disability or specific learning difficulty is disadvantaged in comparison with their peers for example it may take a blind student 50% longer to carry out research as they may have difficulty accessing key texts and may have to spend additional time scanning information into their computer in order to access the information.

Including able students with different learning needs in your course is not rocket science, but often common sense. You will for example help the blind student if you put your lecture notes on line in advance of the lecture The benefits are that any change introduced to accommodate a student with a disability or specific learning difficulty, will in fact help all students.

Click here to start the 'Disability awareness' course

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