School closures: Eight tips for those studying at home

School closures: Eight tips for those studying at home

University College Cork has given study tips to students as they adjust to hitting the books with classrooms and libraries across closed due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Second and third-level students doing exams in the summer have been hit with the unprecedented roadblock to their preparations with the closure of schools and colleges.

Because of this, UCC deputy president and registrar, Professor John O’Halloran said that the college drew up the study tips so that "students’ learning experience remains consistent in challenging times".

“We are acutely aware that this challenge will not be met by only assisting our colleagues in delivering their teaching online - we must also support our students to adapt to this new reality, to ensure they are best prepared to learn and conduct assessments at home,” he added.

    The college, alongside its Students’ Union, released the study tips:
  • Creating a dedicated study space at home
  • Creating a study plan and routine that works for each student and their life
  • Keeping informed and in touch with their lecturers
  • Connecting with fellow classmates and friends
  • Stay motivated in a new learning environment
  • Digital citizenship and online etiquette - learning to be patient with others in a new learning dynamic
  • Ensure you look after your mental health and wellbeing
  • Focussing on the positive opportunities that come with this new learning experience

    Useful information
  • The HSE have developed an information pack on how to protect yourself and others from coronavirus. Read it here
  • Anyone with symptoms of coronavirus who has been in close contact with a confirmed case in the last 14 days should isolate themselves from other people - this means going into a different, well-ventilated room alone, with a phone; phone their GP, or emergency department;
  • GPs Out of Hours services are not in a position to order testing for patients with normal cold and flu-like symptoms. HSELive is an information line and similarly not in a position to order testing for members of the public. The public is asked to reserve 112/999 for medical emergencies at all times.
  • ALONE has launched a national support line and additional supports for older people who have concerns or are facing difficulties relating to the outbreak of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) in Ireland. The support line will be open seven days a week, 8am-8pm, by calling 0818 222 024

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