Disability Support Service - Learning Support

Maths Learning Support Centre Timetable 2017/18

The timetable for Semester 1 drop-in sessions can be found here: http://www.dit.ie/mlsc/locationopeninghoursPlease note that the timetable for the revision tutorials can be found on the MLSC Workshops page. The Mathematics Learning Support Centre operates drop in centres in the Kevin Street and Bolton Street campuses.

New for 2017/18: Study Skills Workshops

The DSS are running a series of workshops for our students from the 5th of October 2017 - all students are encouraged to attend. The seminars are facilitated by the Disability Support Service and are open to all students. The seminars take place in Kevin Street and details are below:

Study Skills Seminars Semester 1 2017-18

Who?      All DIT Students                   What?     Study skills - see below

Where?    DIT - Kevin Street               When?              1.10 – 1.40pm Thursdays – 30 minutes       

Dates below   Thursday 5th October       until           Thursday December 1st 2017 

Download the Workshop PDF for this list of Workshops.                            

Date

 

Time

Location

Seminar/Workshop

Thursday

5.10.17

1.10 -1.40pm

DIT Kevin street,

Third floor

Room 3 003

Concentration strategies – mind wanders.  Try these strategies...

Thursday

12.10.17

1.10 -1.40pm

DIT Kevin street,

Third floor

Room 3 003

How to take and make good notes – the basis of you revision.

 

Thursday

19.10.17

1.10 -1.40pm

DIT Kevin street,

Third floor

Room 3 003

Reading strategies – knowing how to read for meaning and understanding

Thursday

26.10.17

1.10 -1.40pm

DIT Kevin street,

Third floor

Room 3 003

Get Organised – strategies to help you be in control of your learning

Thursday

3.11.17

1.10 -1.40pm

DIT Kevin street,

Third floor

Room 3 003

Procrastination – what can you do to avoid it?

 

Thursday

10.11.17

1.10 -1.40pm

DIT Kevin street,

Third floor

Room 3 003

Essay Writing, steps to help you plan and create your essay.

 

Thursday

17.11.17

1.10 -1.40pm

DIT Kevin street,

Third floor

Room 3 003

Referencing + writing apps.  Know your school’s referencing style and tools to help you write.

Thursday

24.11.17

1.10 -1.40pm

DIT Kevin street,

Third floor

Room 3 003

Presentations - show your knowledge

Thursday

1.12.17

1.10 -1.40pm

DIT Kevin street,

Third floor

Room 3 003

Exam preparation – get ready the exams are coming

 

Facilitators:  DSS Team

 

What is Learning Support?

Learning Support is provided for all students registered with the Disability Service. Your first meeting with your Learning Support Officer will include your registration with the Disability Service through a detailed Needs Assessment which will include your Reasonable Accommodations.

This meeting should take place September each year.

There are currently four Learning Support Officers at Dublin Institute of Technology and they provide learning support on all campuses.

Learning Support provides both individual and group support in academic skills such as:

  • Organisation and time management skills
  • Note-taking skills
  • Effective Reading Strategies
  • Writing skills for third level
  • Exam Strategies and revision skills
  • Specialist tuition in Reading, Spelling and Grammar

After your Needs Assessment, you will be required to attend a follow up meeting with your Learning Support Officer during the First Term.

The main aim of Learning Support sessions is to facilitate students with the appropriate academic skills for success at third level education. Learning Support is provided through both individual and group sessions. Students can avail of up to six Learning Support Sessions and are actively encouraged by the Disability Service to avail of regular Learning Support Sessions.

What is a Needs Assessment?

A needs assessment is the first initial contact with a Learning Support Officer in which the individual educational needs of the student will be assessed through consultation with the student’s documentation (consultant’s letter or educational psychologist report).

The Needs Assessment will incorporate any recommendations of the Consultant or Educational Psychologist. It will incorporate an assessment of the students needs in third level education and also recommend Reasonable Accommodations for the student.

It is important to note that reasonable accommodations will follow the guidelines set out by the Disability Advisors Working Network (DAWN) and (RACE) Reasonable Accommodations for Certificate Examinations. Students who have sat their Leaving certificate will be asked to provide a copy of their Reasonable Accommodations as granted by the State Examinations Commission.

In the Needs Assessment the student and the Learning Support Officer will discuss what supports the student wishes to avail of during regular Learning Support Sessions. A discussion will follow in which the Learning Support Officer will explain what academic support is available to assist the student to achieve their potential in third level study. The Needs Assessment will also take note of the particular demands of each course of study.

The needs assessment will also involve recommendations for Assistive Technology by the Assistive Technology Officer, who consults with the Learning Support Officer and refers to relevant medical or educational psychologist documentation.

After the needs assessment a funding application for the student will be sent to the National Disability Authority who will decide if funding will be granted to the student.

Learning Support Officers

Every student registered with the Disability Service will be allocated a Learning Support Officer. Your learning support officer will provide training in independent research skills, time management and study skills. Many of the following will be covered either individually or in a group setting.

  • Organisational Skills
  • Reading and Note Taking
  • Motivational Skills
  • Planning an Essay
  • Note-taking
  • Conquering Writer's Block
  • Time Management
  • Analysing Questions
  • Study Routine
  • Preparing for exam essays
  • Setting Priorities&
  • Choosing structure
  • Reading Techniques
  • Paragraph Structure
  • Exam Preparation
  • Style
  • Coping with Stress
  • Grammar
  • Copy Editing
  • Punctuation
  • Mind Mapping
  • Referencing
  • Research Skills
  • Spelling and decoding

In so far as is possible, Learning Support Officers collaborate with Academic staff to ensure that the curriculum is delivered in a way that is accessible to all students, which might entail adapting teaching strategies and programme delivery to suit students with disabilities.

Learning Support Officers will frequently meet up with students who are considering taking a course in DIT, prior to commencement, and will give students the information they require on the facilities available.

Learning Support Officers also work on an on-going basis developing training modules for staff of DIT on disability awareness and inclusive teaching and learning strategies.

Where applicable, your Learning Support Officer will arrange suitable accommodations for you in terms of examinations and the completion of assignments.

Important:

It is important to note that in order to avail of any of these services, it is vital that you provide specialist documentation, giving details of your disability. Without this, it is not possible to provide the necessary support for you. Please see our FAQs page for more information on the sort of documentation required.

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