More than 7,000 students don't make it past the first year in college.
Dropping out of college brings financial strain and also brings a mental, physical and emotional cost which is distressing for families.
Catherine O Connor is an Education Consultant at the School of Computer Science and Statistics at Trinity College Dublin. A major preoccupation of Catherine’s research is assisting students with the transition from second level to third level. She is also focused on addressing the gender issue in participation within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses and specifically within Computer Science and related disciplines.
She is committed to helping students cope with the unique pressures of third level education and has written a very helpful book on the topic- 'Cracking the College Code - A Practical Guide to Making the Most of the First Year College Experience' Further details about her work can be found at www.crackingthecollegecode.ie.
Catherine’s talk will be of great interest to any parents of prospective university students and is sure to be full of practical and useful advice for negotiating this often challenging transition.