Good Start aims to help new students to find their way in CIT by focusing on success, belonging, motivation and independence; the whole student experience.
During Semester 1 the Good Start programme of social, sporting, study and support sessions and events will help new students become familiar with the campus, settle in, meet people, get prepared for study and find out who’s here to help, all while having fun.
Good Start Semester 2 is all about helping students get back into the swing of life at CIT after the inter-semester break. Good Start Semester 2 runs throughout Week 1 and reminds students how to navigate the college environment, how to access the student services that are available to them and how to set positive learning habits for the semester.
Good Start is run by students for students. The Good Start Ambassadors are a team of current students who want to make the transition to CIT a positive experience for new students. They are a friendly bunch, who love to help and point students in the right direction, so don't be shy just say hi!
The Good Start Ambassadors put together some great advice on how to settle in personally, socially and academically below...
The Good Start Ambassadors, and all of us here in CIT Student Engagement Office (AnSEO), look forward to meeting you, our new students, this coming September!
If you have any queries pop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you asap.
Finding Your Feet - Academically
- Get to know the college a bit better by walking around the campus to see where everything is, such as the library, open access, the Academic Learning Centre and your different class rooms
- Be prepared when attending your classes and labs, for example buy a lab coat if it is required and make sure you have a pen and a refill pad on hand to take notes
- Make sure you have a designated study area at home and that it’s prepared for study
- Make out a study plan! You need to make sure you allocate time for study throughout your week so you don’t fall behind
Finding Your Feet - Personally
What to Expect will help you understand the differences between second level and third level and what to expect now you are here
Ensure you have your CIT Smartcard on you at all times, you will need it for getting into the library, the gym, exams, the doctor, using the printers and for the reprographics centre
Finding Your Feet - Socially
- Get to know your new classmates by speaking to someone new everyday
- Sign up to some societies and clubs during Sports Day and Societies Day and introduce yourself the students representing the societies and clubs that you have joined
- Check out the events that will be running during the four weeks of Good Start CIT
Belonging - Academically
- Get to know your lecturers and class co-ordinators. Ask them questions about your course, the assessments and the different modules. They want to help you to succeed
- If PALS is available in your department introduce yourself to the PALS Leader, PALS are later year students who want to help you settle in and make the transition to CIT
- During group projects in class interact with your team members and get to know your classmates different strengths
- Take the opportunity to practice using the library by taking out a book from one of your reading lists. This will also help you to get to know the sections of the library where the books relevant to your course are located
Belonging - Personally
- You may be nervous walking into the canteen alone but finding your classmates and friends will hopefully only be a challenge during the first few weeks. Remember you won’t be the only one who is nervous
- There will be social evenings organised by your class group, it may be intimidating to attend them on your own but attending will help you get to know your classmates and it will be a great step in building your confidence
Belonging - Socially
- There’s still opportunities to join a society or a club, sign up on the societies website or call to the Sports Office located upstairs in the Nexus, Student Centre
- If you have joined a society or club head along to their meet ups, trainings or events. You’ll meet people who are interested in the same thing and get to know people outside your course
- Attend some SU Freshers Week events during the day and in the evening, all events are listed on the CITSU website
Getting Down To Work - Academically
- Now that you are in third-level education, it’s your responsibility to use the resources available to you, for example the CIT Library has tips on the referencing system and study guides that might be relevant to you during your studies
- Practicing good work ethic is something you may have to teach yourself again after a long summer. Your class lecturers will be giving you advice on how to organise yourself and your time effectively. Your lecturers have been through this process with new students many times before trust them and take on the guidance
- You may falter at times throughout the year and you may lose focus but it’s never too late to get into a good study routine, the Academic Success Coaches have some great resources to help you get on track and be as successful as you can be
“Don’t ruin a good today by thinking about a bad yesterday”
- When you feel you are struggling reach out and ask for help from the resources available to you in the college. Try talking to your lecturers, chatting to an Academic Success coach, visiting the ALC or the Careers service. The help that is given will be of great use to you throughout your college experience.
Getting Down To Work - Personally
- Attend all your classes and labs, it’s important to attend your classes as some lecturers provide extra useful notes that will be valuable when it comes to assessment time
- Actively participate in class, this way you can learn more and ask questions about topics that you may not understand very well
Getting Down To Work - Socially
- Everyone in your class will have had different experiences before they came to CIT. Learn from your peers! Ideas from international students’ and mature students’ past experiences may influence how you approach your work
- Some societies and clubs you join will give you an opportunity to get to know people in different years who may be studying the same (or different) course as you. Ask for advice or tips, they might have some valuable nuggets of information
- It’s never too early to start a study group, suggest the idea to your classmates. There are designated Study Hubs in the library which might be useful when looking for a place to hold your group study session
Striking A Balance - Academically
- Making a study plan (and sticking to it) will help you become more organised and will allow you to divide your time between all your modules and keep on top of your workload
- Join or form study groups with your friends or classmates
- Study in advance! Leaving your study to the last minute can have negative impact on your results
- Use gaps in your timetable productively by getting some of your work done in the Library or Open Acess
Striking A Balance - Personally
- Stay healthy! Buying healthier foods is not that expensive as you may think, some shops may do super savers on fruit and very such as the super 6. Bringing your lunch with you will help you save money and have more control over what you are eating. Choose fruit and nuts or healthy alternatives over sugary snacks to keep your brain full of energy for learning
- Chat with current CIT students to see how they balance their studies with sports or other hobbies, it is possible you just have to plan your time well
- Take care of your mental health by making sure you take regular breaks when studying and get outside once and a while to get some fresh air
Striking A Balance - Socially
- It is important to balance out your social life and your academic life. Keep on track by creating a study plan, this will allow you to see when you can hang out with your friends without worry because you have used your time productively
- There’s nothing wrong with asking for help and having a support network is very important. Support from your family and friends can help you strike a balance
- Remember to take care of yourself while you are at third level. Eating well and exercising will help relieve stresses and give you more energy. Joining a club or attending the gym in CIT will help you make new friends while keeping fit