Two/three student leaders from higher years facilitate hour-long sessions every week for a small group of 1st year students. CÉIM sessions are informal and friendly, yet purposeful, with the emphasis on everyone in the group working together. Sessions centre around maximising students’ understanding of a particular subject in a relaxed atmosphere, and also integrate study tools, successful exam techniques and creative problem solving.
The 1st year students determine the content to be discussed, as opposed to the student leaders. Sessions are intended to be a safe place where is it OK to admit to not understanding something, and to make mistakes. CÉIM is not a remedial support – it is aimed at all 1st year students.
1st year students in Engineering, BA Law and Geography are automatically allocated to CÉIM groups and the sessions appear in the students’ timetable. Students can see what CÉIM group they should attend on Blackboard and Blackboard is also used as a means for CÉIM leaders to contact 1st year students. Sessions generally start in week 3 or 4 in Semester 1, and in week 2 or 3 in Semester 2, and run for 50 minutes.