• Study without the teacher directing.
• There are not always notes to learn off.
• There are not always “right answers”.
You have to support all your arguments
with examples, quotes and references.
Are you doing this? Can you do this?
Attend all lectures and
classes, labs & tutorials.
Ask for help if you are lost.
Higher Level Study:
Courses are very
demanding & you
have to work.
reading some of
and writing about
them on your own.
Translating, speaking & improving
your foreign language skills.
Reading literature in a foreign
Learning advanced calculations /
formulas and generating solutions to
mathematical / scientific problems.
Conducting scientific experiments,
recording & analysing data.
Are you ready for this? Are you up for it?
• Do personal reading and writing.
• Explore your chosen subjects through the
media and online.
• Know some of the themes and issues.
Assignments instead of
homework, many of
which count for
Can you pace yourself to
work on these
• Don’t leave it to the last
• Begin as soon as you get
• Don’t let them
• Keep working on them
• Revise and update
Your existing friends are unlikely to end up doing
your course, so you will have to make new ones.
Even if some are there, you’ll still be expanding
How good are you at that?
• Get talking to someone at each class or lecture.
• Join clubs and societies.
• Consider everyone you meet as a potential friend.
• Almost all are in the same boat.
You may be conscious of your accent, your
lack of knowledge, your lack of money or
Can you fit in?
Colleges are full of odd bods and eccentrics.
They are very accepting of differences.
Everybody is new, all find it hard to adjust.
Be yourself, and if you accept others they will
accept you no matter how different you are.
Drinking & Partying:
Colleges are notorious for these activities.
Can you handle these and still study?
Never drink to the point of
Be aware of the dangers
involved in heavy drinking
and excessive partying.
Never miss a lecture or
class because of it.
Don’t do it the night
before placements or
There are 80% drop-
out rates in some 3rd
Students drop-out for
many reasons, but
some do because of
lack of organisation &
not being prepared.
Add up & record the numbers of Yes, No &
Think of three things you can do to be more prepared.
Do you now feel you
are really ready for
What Does College Cost?
College is expensive - living away from
home, fees, books, materials & transport
Can you manage money or the lack of it?
Annual Cost of Living for
Living Away From Home Living at Home
Rent (National average) €400
Student Contribution Charge
Keep money for essential things.
Do not squander it.
Avail of student offers.
If you can’t afford it, do without it.