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Date of Review Apr 26, 2012 Go Back
Year of Study 1st
Student Type Traditional
From Clare Ireland
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Are you happy with your choice of course?

Yes

Why?

I expect to come out of this course having acquired a wide range of general historical knowledge and the ability to apply my own independent judgement and reasoning to this material.

How many hours of organised classes do you have per week? (labs,tutorials,lectures,etc)

11-15hrs

Are your lectures/labs mainly based on or off the main campus?

On

Is your course weighted more on

End of year exams

Is there an option to study abroad on your course?

I don't know

What are your favourite aspects of your course?

I like how much discussion is generally involved in tutorials, because it encourages me to actually bother to form an opinion on the topics we study. One of our lecturers this year also had a highly unique and enjoyable approach to teaching which I found refreshing, however I am not entirely sure how much notes I took in those lectures; perhaps I was enjoying myself a little too much :)

What are your least favourite aspects of your course?

In certain of my history modules this was not the case, but I did find that some lectures had no specific point or theme to deal with; some just blurred into the next lecture and the one before which made it more difficult for me to have a coherent plan of topics to study after classes ended. I also found (though this is hardly the department's fault) that many of the people in my course did not bother to do the reading for tutorials which made these classes awkward and less enjoyable for everyone involved. Perhaps that was just a first year thing though.

Was your course what you expected?

Yes

What do you wish you had known before choosing this course?

At the start, I wished I had had better instruction in writing essays, as the first essay that I got back received a 2.2. However my second essay received a first, so I did learn from it.

Helpful leaving cert (or equivalent) subjects?

English, definitely

Library facilities

I find it easier to use articles from the website, so that I don't have to deal with waiting for books of which there are not enough LEN copies, or not being able to take out books that I want to take notes from. I also, at times where I had up to 4 essays in the works, found it highly inconvenient that I could only take out 4 books on my student card.

Is there a good social life on your course?

No

Please describe

As I am a TSM student, I find that the single honours students are the most sociable on the course, obviously because they are around each other more. My class mentor does not seem to be very active either.

Rate your course in terms of difficulty

Difficult

Please rate your course in terms of workload

Less than other courses

Are you an active member of any societies?

No

Are you a member of any sports clubs?

No

Weekly living expenses?

€60-80

Do you or have you lived away from home during college?

Yes

How much does your rent cost per month?

€450-550

As a first year did you live in college halls?

Yes

Would you recommend living in college halls?

Yes, especially for first years as it greatly helps in the transition from home to college life.

How would you recommend this college to a friend?

It doesn't feel as impersonal as some colleges seem to me, it is not easy to get swallowed up and slip off the social radar completely as you are constantly bombarded with events etc. to attend; obviously whether you do or not is entirely up to you, but you are never short of options. The general atmosphere around the college is friendly, especially because of the tourists that you will inevitably come across, whatever the weather.

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