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General Informatin

Can I still book an appointment with Disability Support Services?  
Disability support services are currently operating online. You can continue to make contact with staff by emailing them directly or sending your query to Disabilityservices@ul.ie
 
Will my reasonable accommodation remain active?
Yes, however, as you will now be operating in an online format, exam accommodations may need to be facilitated differently. More details are provided below however if you have any queries, please contact the Disability Service at Disabilityservices@ul.ie
 
Grammarly
If you are having issues with spelling and grammar, the Disability Services have provided you with premium access to Grammarly. This can be installed as an add on for Microsoft Word (Windows Only). If you have not received this email check your junk folder, email comes directly from Grammarly. (contact thomas.oshaughnessy@ul.ie)
 
Setting goals and making a plan while staying at home
Setting goals and making a plan gives you a visual overview of what you need to do over a set amount of time
Set start dates for each task and write them in your planner (these templates have been set to you by email)
Work out how much time you will need to complete each task. Allow yourself plenty of time and remember to allow for extra workload or circumstances such as responsibilities outside of college work.
 
Creating a plan
  1. Review your course outlines or changes that have been made to your course due to the current circumstances
  2. Identify all your assessment tasks for each unit- these may have changed so be aware of how you are now being assessed
  3. List assessment tasks, weightings and due dates
  4. Think about the number of days or weeks you will need to complete each task
  5. Allow time for analysing the task, researching, reading, writing and editing
  6. Work back from the due date and mark in possible starting dates for each task

Review your planner weekly and look at the tasks to do in the next 2 weeks. This will help you organise your work and enable you to make a weekly planner that is relevant to the tasks at hand. 
 

Effectively managing time while studying and working at home
Effective time management is about balance. For many students at this time, it is difficult to get into a routine.  
Here are some tips that help you manage your work
  1. Plan over seven days rather than five
    • A weekly planner gives you the flexibility to organise your routine for study or for work. Sunday afternoon is an excellent time to review the previous week and create a plan for the next week. Keep a running list on your phone or student diary of things to do.
  2. Use tools that work for you
    • A wall planner will give you an overview of what is happening over a certain time period. Use colour, post its or anything else that works for you to focus your thinking and personalise your planner.
    • Remember some of your assessments or deadlines may have changed, so make sure you are aware of this.
  3. Think high-quality time and low-quality time
    • The ability to concentrate on tasks depends on many factors. Use high quality time for more challenging tasks such as preparing assignments, research etc.
    • Use low quality time for routine tasks such as filling, downloading notes, emails.
  4. Focus attention
    • A brief to do list ( 3-4 tasks) breaks down study into manageable chunks.
    • It may be a good idea at this time to notify others you live with that you need some time to focus on something so they can give you the time you need.
  5. Breaking the workload down (Divide and Conquer)
    • Large tasks can seem daunting at times when you are extremely busy. Break down tasks like assignments into smaller chucks of work for example
    • Understanding what is being asked (e.g., 1 day)
    • Researching, reading, gathering information, making notes (e.g., 5 days)
    • Structuring essay/argument (e.g., 3 days)
    • Writing (e.g., 3 days)
    • Reviewing and editing (e.g., 2 days)
  6. Review your planning
    • If something is not working for you, CHANGE IT 
    • Make sure you allow time for breaks and other responsibilities you might have

When faced with any large task or series of tasks, break the work down into short, timed intervals (called "Pomodoros") that are spaced out by short breaks. This trains your brain to focus for short periods
 

How to get started using the Pomodoro method

  1. Choose a task to be accomplished
  2. Set the Pomodoro to 25 minutes (the Pomodoro is the timer you can use your phone)
  3. Work on the task until the Pomodoro rings, then put a check on your sheet of paper
  4. Take a short break (5 minutes is OK)
  5. Every 4 Pomodoros take a longer break 

If you would like some support regarding making a plan and managing time, please contact Caoilinn.kennedy@ul.ie


I have received documents on Sulis from my lecturer, how do I make them accessible?

Creating accessible Word Documents
Making Word documents accessible is easy; there are some basic rules you need to follow when creating accessible text. These rules also apply to Adobe PDF, PowerPoint presentations and HTML. You need to be aware of:

  • Creating headings
  • Creating lists
  • Adding hyperlinks
  • Identify document language
  • How to save a document from one format to another
    Clicking on the links below will take you to an instructional video on the creation or conversion of each format

Word. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cc4ytCkT-UM
PowerPoint. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qBhx0EzDP34
PDF. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oP393DSX9xs
*When you have created your Word document, you need to be aware that headings, listings, may be slightly different from the original PDF.

If you need any support please contact Peter.Dooley@ul.ie


Disability Note Taking Service

Will notes continue to be uploaded to SULIS?

  • From the beginning of the COVID 19 pandemic lecturers have been uploading notes (PowerPoint, Word Document, PDF’s audio/video files) to SULIS.
  • We have instructed note-takers to produce notes for audio/video files or live streamed lectures.