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International Students - Adjusting to Academic Life in NCI: Academic Support

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Student Support

The Learning Support Service at NCI also provides assistance with academic writing, reading, researching, studying, note-taking, exam revision and more. Take a look at NCI's Academic Support web page or contact Learning & Teaching for more information:


Academic Support

Know when to ask for help! Particularly at the beginning of your course, you may struggle with one or more of your subjects as you adjust to academic life in a new college in a new country. 

It is okay to ask for help and much better if you ask for help early in your course so we have time to help you along with your studies. In contrast to what you may be used to, it is your responsibility to seek assistance - nobody will come looking for you if you haven't asked for help. There are well established support services in the National College of Ireland so if you need any assistance with your studies, please contact us.

What is the Library Academic Support Centre?

The Library Academic Support Centre provides a professional, friendly, and free service to all students in every discipline and at every level of academic study at National College of Ireland.

We offer one-to-one and small group support, both in-person and online, that focuses on helping you to become an independent learner so you can succeed in whatever challenges you face throughout your course at NCI.

How can the Library Academic Support Centre support you?

Library Resources & Research:

  • Understand what resources are available through the library
  • Help you find information for your assignment or research
  • Teach you how to find information quickly and efficiently
  • Guidance on how to carry out a literature review

Referencing & Avoiding Plagiarism:

  • Help improve your paraphrasing and referencing
  • Explain your Turnitin similarity report

Improve Your Grades:

  • Help you understand a lecturer’s feedback so you can improve on your next assignment
  • If you are getting good grades, but you would like help to move up to the next level

Where to find us

The Library Academic Support Centre is located on the 5th floor of the Spencer Dock building, find our office on the left as you come in.

Need advice for your assignments or research?
The Library Academic Support Centre is here to help!
We offer in-person and online appointments, remote assistance via email and a drop-in service.
For more details about how we can help you, see here.

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Communications from the Library: Please note all communications from the library, concerning renewal of books, overdue books and reservations will be sent to your NCI student email account.