Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Academic development

Academic success requires a plan and a willingness on your part to identify areas of growth where you need to improve your knowledge, skills and performance.

It is natural and common for students to experience or anticipate academic difficulties occasionally in the course of their studies. The key is that you learn from these experiences and develop now strategies for future success.

Identify your needs

We will collaborate with you to identify your unique needs and assist you on your journey in becoming a skilled, life-long learner, enabled to negotiate any learning opportunities that you may encounter in a challenging, technology-focused world.

Continuous growth

We understand taking on the demands of third level education and healthcare training can be very demanding for all students. We wish to support you to transition effectively at all stages of your programme of studies, by delivering a service that is collaborative, personalised, student-centred and research-based. Acting as an advocate for all students, we seek to enable and encourage you to continuously develop, grow and succeed in an academically challenging environment, by helping you to identify your academic challenges early and improve on your individual strengths.

Service objectives

Through one-to-one training, consultancy, small and large group skills workshops and the development of learning resources, the academic development service seeks to facilitate and enable you to:

  • Successfully transition academically both initially to third level and also when moving into clinical practice years.
  • Navigate the academic challenges you encounter by accessing a variety of skills, supports and opportunities that promote self-directed learning strategies which enable you to become responsible, empowered learners.
  • Utilise resources, strategies and digital tools that are based on current educational pedagogies and best practice to improve your learning.
  • Become digitally literate so that you can engage fully with all available learning opportunities.
  • Develop a sense of community through shared learning experiences.
  • Avail of opportunities to enhance your leadership, professional development and mentoring skills through student-learning communities.
  • Engage you with peer-to-peer support programmes including academic tutoring, clinical tutoring and medical license exam tutoring.