1 What is College really like?

It’s hard to know what college is like until you get there, and all colleges are different.  In some ways, it’s easier to describe what college isn’t! Well, everyone says that it is not like school, or work, or home. So, what is college really like? We aim to give you a realistic view, based on things students told us they wish they had known.

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2 Choosing a Course and College

This article will help you decide what to study and where.  We provide practical tips on how to compare colleges and , how to prepare for open days and who to talk to at these events.

Why not start by watching this short video, I Don’t Know What for Students with Disabilities


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3 Arranging your supports

You may like or need to get some support when you start college.

You are also entitled to ‘reasonable accommodations’ – these are adjustments that enable you to participate in the academic assessment process on a fair basis.

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4 Healthy living

This article focuses on the importance of healthy habits for wellbeing. The article provides useful tips and information regarding physical wellbeing, sexual health, consent, diet, responsible alcohol use, exercise and sleep.

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5 Funding support for students with a disability

Most students registering with the Disability Support Service request access to a range of supports that help the student to reach their full potential while studying. Most student needs are accommodated through these supports. Some of these disability student supports are funded by the Department of Education and Skills and Higher Education Authority. 

After registering online, students who desire specialist  support will be invited to meet with a member of the Disability Support Service team on a one-to-one basis to discuss support needs . The student decides on the level of support that they require. All students in this category will have a full Needs Assessment.

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6 What is TUS Athlone really like?

TUS Athlone offers a good mix of academic, sporting, cultural and social life for your third-level experience. Our 2022/23 Student Handbook contains lots of useful information about campus life, support services, study guides, student policies and much more. Below are some of the facilities and service we have to offer.

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7 Applying to College

Find out more about applying to College generally, and about our admission process. Depending on the course your application will need to be made through the CAO

This video presentation describes how the CAO application, offer and acceptance processes work.

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10 How to manage exams

This section looks at how to manage exams. This includes information about what to expect, how to prepare for an exam and practical tips to help you perform well.

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11 Talking about your autism

By talking about your autism and advocating for yourself, you make an important step towards feeling comfortable with others. This activity introduces the advantages of being open about your autism, and gives some practical tips.

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12 Meeting people at college

Many students find meeting new people and making friends amongst the most exciting but also most difficult aspects of starting college. This activity should help you to get started.

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14 What is group work really like?

Working in a group with other students is part and parcel of college life. Quite a few people worry about it, and some have real problems with it. This activity looks at the main issues people have with group work and gives you some practical tips for your own study.

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15 What happens if I have practice placements on my course?

A large number of higher education courses now have a work placement module as part of their course where a student goes into a company or an organisation where the work is relevant to their degree. Core to the values of preparing students for the workplace at TUS Athlone, the majority of our programmes feature work through integrated learning or placements. You will be informed about placements procedures, responsibilities and timings on your course through your lecturers and academic department.

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16 What are computer lab sessions really like?

On technical courses such as Computing, Computer Engineering, Software Design with Gaming, Virtual Reality, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile Apps etc you will spend a lot of tutorial time in a computer lab. Whilst you will often focus on what you are coding or designing, you may also take part in discussions and group tasks. Read this article to learn more about the nature of computer lab sessions.

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17 Managing conflict

Different people have different expectations and styles of working or living together. Sometimes that can lead to conflict. This article will help you recognise causes of conflict and proposes strategies to resolve it.

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19 How to reduce anxiety and stress

It is normal to feel anxious when starting something new, like a college course, and everyone feels stress at difficult times of the year like exam periods or when there is a lot happening in their lives. It can sometimes be hard to relax. This article is about helping you to manage these feelings and includes tips from other autistic students.

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