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Educating for success 
in a changing world 

Study Skills Centre

What is it?

Study Skills Support for VTOS & BTE Students can help you with:

  • Essay Writing
  • Assignment Preparation , Structure & Layout
  • Research Skills
  • Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation
  • Bibliography & Referencing
  • Study & Reading Techniques
  • Assistive Technology

Who can use the Study Skills Centre?

All students on VTOS and BTEI courses in Colaiste Ide can use the centre.

Why use the centre?

If you have not been in education for a long time and would like support to improve your skills.

What kinds of supports are available?

Sindy can help with:

  • Writing essays and assignments: organising your ideas with mind maps; proofreading; bibliography; referencing and plagiarism.
  • Note-taking and academic Reading.
  • Researching on the internet: getting the most out of internet searches
  • Spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Support for students who speak English as a second language.
  • Dyslexia supports include training on assistive technology: such as Texthelp Gold (converts text to speech) and Dragon Naturally Speaking (converts speech to writing)
  • Dyslexia screening to indicate whether a student should go for a full assessment (NB this is a screening tool only and is not a psychologist report needed for exemptions.)

What students have said about using the Study Skills Centre

Yvonne Roche, Childcare

“I always knew there was a place I could go when I needed a helping hand”

Vanessa Lynch, Sports

“The Study Skills Centre has more or less given me a second chance at my education; it also gave me the belief in myself and confidence to grow as a person”

Darren Mc Namee, Sports

“If it wasn’t for the Study Skills Centre, I wouldn’t have been able to cope with all my assignments and they’re the reason I applied for my second year in the course”.

Lisa Parsons, Healthcare

“It was the difference between a pass and a fail”

David Fullam Healthcare

“Really helped me to get to grips with my assignments”


Sindy Fitzpatrick, Manager
Tel 018342448/0870997715