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Week 2: 25th September - 29th September 2017

Clubs & Societies Week

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Focus on iconFocus this Week:
  • Online Learning Resources
  • Getting organised for study
  • Managing your time
  • Changing Optional Modules (26th September - 30th September)
  • Making friends and settling in
  1. Take a look at the academic skills workshops while you have time over the first few weeks. Places are limited on these workshops, so book soon to reserve your place.
  2. Take a look at the new online study skills resource on Loopyour DCU Virtual Learning Environment, called skills4studycampus. This is an interactive resource helping you with crucial skills such as note-taking, time management and academic writing. Do the various modules at your own pace and it will help you settle in much more quickly. Start this week!
  3. If you haven't taken part in the Library Orientation Events for new students, do so this week. Call into the library on any of the campuses and see what is being arranged.
  4. Put together a file for each module and get into the habit of taking the time to read through your notes after each lecture and fill in any gaps, while things are still fresh in your mind. You may consider doing this with a classmate or forming a study group.
  5. Organise your week – time management is crucial to success at University and you need to start now, as the 12-week semester goes by very quickly. The U & Your Mental and Physical Health Booklet may help you. You can also pick up a hard copy of this booklet in the Student Advice Centre in the Henry Grattan Building on the Glasnevin Campus or in C Block on the DCU St. Patrick's Campus.
  6. This week, you have the opportunity to change your optional modules, if you are not happy with any of them (and if you have optional modules – not all programmes offer options in 1st Year). You can change your optional modules free of charge until this coming Friday, 29th September - don't leave it until the last minute! Go to the 'change of mind' link on your Portal Page to make these changes. If you need advice on your module choice, speak to your Personal Tutor, Year Head or Chairperson.
  7. Join a Club or Society this week on your campus – this is the best way of making friends and becoming integrated into university life.

Employers tell us that they actively seek students who have a well-rounded experience at university and who show academic but also personal and professional ambition and excellence. Active participation in clubs and/or societies is one of the ways that you can differentiate yourself from others, when competing for jobs in the future. You will not only get to know other students but will develop skills such as teamwork, organisation, possibly leadership – in a completely supportive environment. The nature of the clubs and societies is very varied, so you will definitely find something which suits you.

Clubs & Societies - Join up this week!

Outside lectures, Clubs and Societies are the heart and soul of university life. There are over 100 to choose from and they range from competitive sport to participation in new hobbies. You can join a club or society for €4.00 or you can try out a few classes in a new sport or hobby for a couple of weeks and join later. Don't miss this opportunity to become involved with all aspects of life in the University.

There are a range of programmes on for all levels - take a look at what is being offered by the Sports Development Service here. For a full overview of clubs and societies at DCU, click here.

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