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Study Skills Appointments

Study Skills Appointments

"Really good hour, learnt lots of new things and some tips to help with future work. Thanks!" - DCU student

NOTE: All appointments for Writing Queries can be made through the DCU Writing Centre website.

An individual Study Skills appointment provides you with the opportunity to meet an expert Student Learning Officer to  develop learning strategies for study that suit your individual learning style. The service is available to all DCU students and is free of charge.

What to expect

You can decide what to focus on but the appointment may address:

  • Reading strategies
  • Time management tips
  • Organisational skills for managing your workload
  • Note taking skills
  • Group work tips
  • Presentation techniques
  • Revision strategies
  • Exam preparation tips
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Dr. Alicia Menendez-Tarrazo

Alicia joined the DCU Student Learning team in January 2020. She has a PhD in English Literature and extensive previous experience as a lecturer in addition to her experience in student support.

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Cillian Murphy

Cillian is a Chartered Educational Psychologist (Ps.S.I) who has extensive experience working across student support services in several different higher education institutions since 2013. He commenced his current role in DCU in 2017.

We gather student feedback after every single appointment. In 2019-20, 95% of students rated their appointment as 'excellent'.

Students' comments:

  • "I received some good practical steps - about 6 different things that I was happy to do to get me started from a place of 'stuck' to moving forward with my college work. Very happy."
  • "Great practical advice for taking notes and reading. Thank you."
  • "I feel a lot more clear headed after this!"

Book an appointment

All appointments are currently being offered online due to Covid-19 campus restrictions.

To make an appointment with Alicia on the Glasnevin Campus please follow this link.

To make an appointment with Cillian on the St. Patrick's Campus please follow this link.

Please see the DATA PRIVACY notice below for further information.


You Can Book Me is an online calendar service which allows you to book an appointment using a self-service option. This service is optional. You can also book an appointment by contacting our service directly at:

By using the online calendar service, you are consenting to You Can Book Me processing your personal data on behalf of DCU Student Support & Development (a unit within Dublin City University, which is the local Data Controller). Personal data that you submit to DCU Student Support & Development using You Can Book Me will be used only in conjunction with using this online calendar service. 

The categories of personal data processed by You Can Book Me are: name; email address; student number; mobile phone number; summary of your query. Personal data which is processed by You Can Book Me is processed in the United States, subject to binding terms and conditions which comply with EU legal requirements (GDPR). Personal data will be held until the end of the academic year and will then be disposed of in line with the DCU Data Protection Policy. 

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