Learning to Learn

The Initative Team

Initiative Lead
University College Cork

Primary Contact
Kathy Bradley

Initiative Budget


Initiative Type


The Learning to Learn Programme is designed with the student in mind. It offers students new to the university an opportunity to explore where they are by decoding the language of the university and setting out the expectations of university life. Centred around the individual student journey, this programme offers an opportunity for all new students in the university to be introduced to the university setting and to explore how the university operates. A strength-based approach to education is fused with reflection so that the results for each student will be personalised and bespoke. This will help the students to settle into their programme and the university and also positively impact on retention.

The Learning to Learn programme is a bespoke 4-week programme for all new students across the university to take as part of their induction process. The programme will include:
• Situational analysis (where am I now?)
• Exploration of processes at third level (how do I navigate the landscape)
• Introduction of strategies to ease the transition to university life (practical skills such as time management and study strategies)
• Examined through a reflective lens (metacognitive approaches)

It is intended that the programme will be customised by each academic department to include their handbooks, glossary of terms and school or department student handbooks as appropriate so that students can “Learn to Learn” as a … chemistry/Arts/Law/social science/dentistry student.