Education Officer Dale Whelehan

Hey there! I’m Dale – your Education Officer! If you’re having any academic issues ranging from failing examinations, to wanting to transfer course, to difficulty with studying I’m here to help you out.

I also manage the class representatives and if you’re interested in running for a position in the Union you should give me a shout! I represent you guys on college meetings and lobby for student interests. I have dale-y office hours where I’m available for a chat but don’t hesitate to contact me via email or mobile either!

Work Plan:

1. Meeting with schools about student partnership

2. Updating and reform the election system

3. Formulating a placement support guide for health-science students

4. Dealing with caseload in relation to repeats/transfers/susi/admissions

5. Beginning the implementation phase of the Trinity Education Project

6. Organize class rep training/electoral commission training/school convenor training

7. Attending Dundee for SPARQ’s teaching course

Where can I study?

Studying

  • Studying: Studying can be really difficult - balancing your academic, social, work and home life can sometimes become overwhelming, but don't worry once you start getting your own study plan up and running it can actually free up more time. A focused and custom approach is key and once you get into the swing of things it will take some serious stress and anxiety away.
  • Start strong: 30mins of prep and summary for each lecture - take about 20mins before to read through and 10mins after getting your notes and everything you need for the lecture to actually be effective in order.
  • Learning Outcomes: Before the course starts and particularly before starting to study find out what it is your lecturer actually wants you to get out of the course – that's what they will be looking for in an exam as well. These are in the module description that is on your course webpage.
  • Exam papers: Look at previous exam papers – match with the learning outcomes – and get answering the questions and correct over them, when you're reading through imagine you're the lecturer, what do they actually want out of you? Figure out what a 1.1 answer actually is before sitting a paper. Find exam papers here – https://www.tcd.ie/academicregistry/exams/past-papers/annual/
  • How to study?

Study Abroad

Studying abroad is a fantastic opportunity to live and study somewhere that you may never get the chance to do again. Know your options and the requirements well in advance as it can have an affect on your degree if you miss pre-requists.

Find all information here: https://www.tcd.ie/study/non-eu/study-abroad/from-trinity/

Exams

Summer examination session will be from the 3rd to the 27th of May – you're expected to be around to have an exam at any point through those weeks, you may have exams before this session if your School has to have an exam out of this session.

Supplemental exams 2016 – Monday 29th August to 9th of September.

There is no fee to do supplementals but not all courses allow them in every year – if you're unsure check your course handbook which should be available on your Course website.

Special exams – only given under exceptional circumstances and you will have to appeal to get them - check the criteria here - you will also need supporting evidence which is explained in the document: https://www.tcd.ie/Senior_Tutor/tutors/appeals/

If you ever need to appeal a grade or need to apply for special exams please contact your tutor – the education officer can give you information and support also, but your tutor will be the one submitting your appeal.

Have your tutors number saved in your phone at exam time – miss an exam for any reason you need to call them ASAP – https://www.tcd.ie/undergraduate-studies/assets/documents/EvidenceofadmisAppeal%2027-01-16%20(1).pdf

IF YOU FEEL ILL DURING AN EXAM TELL THE INVIGULATOR ASAP – read through the guidelines for documentation you will need to appeal and learn about the process now before you go through it.

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