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Toolkit for NCI Students Working from Home

Posted by Andrea Leyden on 26 March 2020

Useful Resources for NCI Students

For the remainder of the college semester, face-to-face lectures and tutorials will not take place at National College of Ireland. However, many classes (along with dissertation supervision and final year project supervision) have transitioned to online delivery and the academic team are available to answer any queries you have during this time.

Students have access to a number of useful online resources from various departments in the college. We have compiled a list of helpful links to websites, guides, tips, advice and other resources that will support you while studying away from the physical college environment.

Academic Support

Although students will not be attending classes in the college for the remainder of the current semester, there are a range of resources in place such as Moodle, subject guides, online databases and more which are available to support your learning.

  • Moodle: Along with accessing your course notes on Moodle, you can also enrol in student support, access advice and tips for learning online and get the latest updates from the college
  • Subject Guides: The Norma Smurfit Library team have subject guides for each area of study from accounting to technology management which includes recommended ebooks, journals and websites for your particular study area.
  • Library Help Centre: Keith and Cory from the Library Help Centre are offering remote assistance for your assignments and research. The best way to get in touch with them is to email LibraryHelpCentre@ncirl.ie.
  • Online Databases, eJournals, Case Studies and Discovery: Along with accessing these resources, students can contact the library team on LibChat or by email library@ncirl.ie. You can also follow the NCI Library on Twitter where the team are sharing tips in accessing good quality academic resources.
  • Past Exam Papers: A dedicated website for past NCI exam papers for all undergraduate and postgraduate courses including tips for searching the database is also available online.
  • NCI Library Working Remotely Guide: The library team have recently created this useful guide which we recommend you bookmark as it includes links to the online databases, subject guides and ebooks mentioned above along with FAQs and referencing guides

If you have a specific question related to your class notes or course content, the best thing to do is get in touch with the relevant lecturer directly via email (you’ll find their contact details on Moodle).

Learning Resources

These learning resources will enhance your efforts to study at home and help you learn independently. 

  • Adapting to online learning: This includes time management tips, advice for staying motivated and a video tutorial for MS Teams which many lecturers in the college are using at the moment.
  • Maths and Stats YouTube Channel: NCI's Mathematics Development and Support Officer, Jonathan Lambert, creates useful maths tutorials on his YouTube channel.
  • Learn with Eugene YouTube Channel: Computing lecturer, Eugene O'Loughlin, has developed a popular YouTube channel with 'how to...' videos on a range of topics. 
  • Computing support resources: This list of videos, examples, tutorials and other useful links will be helpful for computing students. You can also find contact details for the computing support team.
  • English language support: These documents will be particularly useful for international students or any students who are studying through English as a second language.
  • Academic writing techniques and strategies: If you find writing assignments especially challenging, these strategies will help you tackle any written submission. You'll also find further referencing guides and tools in this section on Moodle. 
  • Useful technologies: This miscellaneous list includes tips on staying organised and focused along with tool for note taking, referencing and checking grammar.  

Quick Tips for Studying at Home

  1. Stay informed of all updates from the college
  2. Create a study schedule to build a routine
  3. Study in a well-lit, uncluttered environment
  4. Take regular breaks and stay active
  5. Try to maintain healthy eating habits
  6. Keep in touch with your lecturers and classmates
  7. Make sure you get enough sleep every night
  8. Stay informed but don’t over-consume the news and social media
  9. Turn off distracting notifications on your phone
  10. Drink lots of water throughout the day

Student Wellbeing and Support

At NCI, we are conscious that our students are currently in the midst of a lot of change and disruption to their normal college life as they find their feet and learn new ways of working from home and online. Student health and wellness is a real priority for NCI and that’s why we wanted to connect with you and remind you of all the wonderful resources that are still available to you.

All students should visit and enrol themselves in the Student Support Moodle page for resources and Learning Supports available to all students.

Health and Wellness Support

  • Student Health: The college offers a subsidised medical service for all full-time students at Hanover Medical Centre. Note that they have asked all patients to phone or email in advance of attending the surgery for an appointment.
  • Yoga and Meditation: Claudia from UniYoga Dublin was running yoga and relaxation classes in the Students’ Union throughout the semester and is now running online classes you can tune into at lunchtime or in the evening.
  • Students’ Union: Your NCISU team are available during this time and have been sharing useful tips for looking after yourself on their Instagram stories.
  • Mental Health Society: The society is dedicated to promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in the college, follow their page for updates.

“As students, we are facing an unprecedented challenge. With each other's support, we can get through it together, while staying apart.”

Daniel Flanagan, President, NCI Mental Health Society

Learning and Disability Support Service

The Learning and Disability Support service is running remotely. Students can contact Disability Officer Karen Mooney via email karen.mooney@ncirl.ie or phone (085) 7852991 with any query or concerns.

  • Disability Support: Further information on our Disability Support Service is available on our website.
  • Study Tips for Autistic Students: Autism advocacy group, AsIAm, have shared some useful tips for studying at home with their followers recently to help them adjust to their new learning environment.

Student Counselling and Wellness Service

The Student Counselling and Wellness Service is still running and offering telephone counselling to NCI students. Email counselling@ncirl.ie to apply for student counselling and we will send you through the details and how to get registered with the service. We are will also be sharing hints, tips, advice, helplines, websites, blogs and apps on Moodle which will no doubt be useful for students at this time.

Below are some website and helpline numbers with some blogs and apps also listed.

HSE LIVE Phone, Twitter, Find a Service
HSE Helpline 1850 24 1850
Hanover Medical (01) 675 0040
Out of Hours Doctor 1850 224 477(DDoc)
01 454 5607 (Dub Doc)
Aware 1800 804 848
Samaritans 116 123
Text 087 260 9090
Pieta House 1800 247 247
Spun Out Advice on young people's health issues
Jigsaw (01) 658 3070
Mental Health Ireland (01) 284 1166
Turn2Me Online 1 to 1 support
Blogs:
Apps:

IT Support

The IT department has been working hard behind-the-scenes since the college closed to support the delivery of online classes. Listed below are some useful IT resources that will help ensure you have everything you need to stay connected and resolve any issues you have.

Further information can be found on the IT Services section on our website.

International Support

The international support team are continuing to support students while the campus is closed. Students can email internationalsupport@ncirl.ie with their queries and letter requests and we will respond as quickly as possible, during office hours.

  • Letter Request Form: Students can request letters using the letter request form and we will email your letter to you within two working days.
  • ICOS Guide: The Irish Council for International Students have created a guide on the impact of COVID-19 on International Students in Ireland.
  • INIS Closure Guide: The INIS (GNIB) office closed on 20 March and all visa appointments have been cancelled until 20 May. The International Support team have created a guide answering key questions on how the closure impacts international students.
  • NCI International on Instagram: Follow the international office on Instagram and share how you are staying safe by staying at home and tag #NCIStayAtHome and @NCI_Int.
  • Virtual Events: Join the NCI International Office in our virtual events such as Netflix Parties and Virtual Coffee and Chats. We'll be posting regular updates about these events on Instagram.

Careers Support

The Career Development and Employability Service is a vital resource for NCI students, particularly those who are in their final year and who are preparing to enter the graduate workforce. The team are continuing to support students while the campus is closed by working remotely to answer queries from students and employers. Remember, along with contacting the team, you can also review the tips and practical advice on the careers section on our website.

  • CV Tips and Templates: You’ll find actionable CV tips, templates, video guides and other useful downloads on this page.
  • Interview Tips: This is where you’ll find advice that will help you succeed at interviews including telephone, video and Skype interviews.
  • Advice for Improving Your Online Presence: Here are some ways you can use social media to your advantage when applying for a graduate role.
  • Downloadable Careers Resources: Templates, samples and guides, you’ll find some handy downloadable career resources on this page.
  • Contact the Careers Team: Find out who is the correct careers advisor for your course and get in touch with them via email.
  • NCI Careers on Instagram: You can also get in touch with the careers department on social media and follow their updates for news and information from the team.

The team are regularly sharing graduate job opportunities on social media and their careers newsletter so make sure to stay connected with them during this time.

Faculties & Departments

Information on each of the faculties and departments in the college can be found below.

Social Media

You can follow the National College of Ireland on social media to keep up with our latest updates.

As there are numerous messages related to the COVID-19 outbreak shared across social media, we would advise NCI students to refer to reputable news sources only. We would also recommend turning notifications off to focus on your studies while adapting to your new learning environment and limiting your usage of social media as the volume of communication on this topic can be overwhelming.

Applicants

Applications for our courses starting in September 2020 are currently open. Our Admissions team is working remotely to answer queries and process applications from international and domestic students. Applications for full-time, undergraduate CAO students are also proceeding as normal.

You’ll find the categories of courses we offer in the areas of business, computing, psychology and education listed below.

Further information for anyone interested in applying for a course at NCI is available under the applicants FAQ category on our COVID-19 Update page.

Further Information

Make sure to bookmark this blog post and keep checking back in as we will be adding more useful resources for NCI students as we move through the remainder of the semester and get closer to the alternative assessments taking place. Leave a comment below if there are any other resources that may benefit students and should be added to this list!

Topics: Student Services at NCI, Advice, NCI