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Whats The Difference?

PALS (Peer Assisted Learning & Support) provides students with both study and social support during their initial transition to third level.

PALS Study

  • PALS Study is department based and is facilitated by trained higher year students studying the same course as the first year groups availing of the sessions.
  • PALS Study is timetabled on the first year timetable for an hour session once a week.
  • PALS Study enables first years to benefit from the support and guidance in a safe non- threatening environment.
  • PALS Study increases first year’s academic confidence and allows students attending to work and engage in collaborative problem solving with their peers.

PALS Buddies

  • PALS Buddies is student to student support bringing together students from different year groups to form mentoring relationships with new first years.
  • PALS Buddies enables first years to socially engage and discuss with other first year students any issues or worries associated with making the transition to third level.
  • PALS Buddies also enables visiting ERASMUS students to interact socially and culturally with CIT students to experience Irish culture and traditions.


  • Reaching 1st Year Students

    In the academic year 2017.2018, Academic Success Coaches interacted with over 1,200 students in their 1st 6 weeks of college.

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