Speed-dating with Skills

The Skills Centre Ambassador team, who were instrumental in the planning and promoting of this fun and interactive evening, delighted in welcoming so many students to the Speed-dating with Skills event. This event saw the Q floor of the Boole Library transform into a speed-dating arena. The enthusiastic tutoring team hosted the skills tables, inviting students to participate in their chosen thematic sessions.

A packed menu provided so many sessions that the students were spoilt for choice. The constant queue for the Time Management table lay testimony to the busy college lifestyles of our students. As Damian Butler of the Mature Student Office challenged the participants to fill the Jar of Life, it was easy to visualise the reality of prioritising.

A champion of time management skills, Professor Patrick O’Shea managed to take time out of his busy schedule to meet the Skills Centre team and observe the speed-dating event.

Punctuation was the name of the game in the centre of the room. As Trisha O Connor, tutor and PhD Candidate explained the rules, the students engaged with punctuation functions amidst much laughter. Who knew punctuation could be so much fun!

VP for Teaching and Learning, John O’Halloran, joined the students for some of the sessions. “Very interesting”, is how he described Building an Academic Argument with tutor and PhD Candidate Alice Mulcahy. This key academic skill is available to all students and can be booked on the Book your skills session page.

We were delighted to have Virginia Conrick, Business and Law Liaison Librarian, join us for the evening. Virginia’s table was never empty as she explained Referencing and Plagiarism to the students. Remember that the Library runs excellent sessions that will help you understand what referencing and plagiarism are all about!

Essay Writing, Sentence and Paragraph Structure, and Unpacking the Question were also popular sessions and many students that attended the Speed-dating with Skills event have now had their places on the full sessions confirmed.

All involved in the Skills Centre would like to thank the Students Union for the wonderful pizza and BOI for providing us with power banks. Both went down a treat, especially with those students who are still suffering from the effects of Storm Ophelia!

The images below will provide a flavour of the evening.