Study & Exam Supports

Learning Support aims to assist students in their learning journey by helping them to develop their academic skills when working independently.

We provide guidance on note taking, active reading, researching information, Mind Mapping, essay planning, academic writing, referencing and studying for exams.   

Each individual learns differently some of us prefer written text, others prefer visual or audio descriptions. Below we have provided PDFs and video guides for some of the most common areas which students may need academic support. 

Please remember if you have any questions about an upcoming assignment, your tutors, Learning Support and the NCAD library staff are more than willing to help.


How‌ ‌to‌ ‌research‌ ‌ ‌

‌‌Critical‌ ‌Thinking‌ ‌Strategies‌ -

Active‌ ‌reading‌ ‌-

3Library‌ ‌Guide‌ 

 ‌‌How‌ ‌to‌ ‌read‌ ‌a‌ ‌journal‌ ‌article

Hyperlinks to NCAD library -


Before‌ ‌starting‌ ‌the‌ ‌essay

Understanding‌ ‌your‌ ‌assignment‌ ‌–

How to structure an ‌‌essa y 1

How to structure an essay 2

How‌ ‌to‌ ‌breakdown‌ ‌essay‌ ‌terms‌ / questions

‌‌How‌ ‌to‌ ‌organize‌ ‌an‌ ‌argument‌ ‌

How‌ ‌to‌ ‌approach‌ ‌an‌ ‌essay

Structuring‌ ‌your‌ ‌essay (see above?)‌ ‌– DOC link and

Visual Culture Essay guidelines –



During‌ ‌your‌ ‌essay‌ ‌

‌‌Example‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌intro‌duction

Example‌ ‌of‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌conclusion‌

‌‌Academic‌ ‌writing‌ ‌tips -  Zoe check

Final‌ ‌edits‌ ‌ ‌

 ‌‌‌‌1.Proof‌ ‌Reading‌ ‌-

2. ‌‌Paragraphing‌ ‌-  Zoe to check


Referencing‌ ‌ ‌

‌ ‌‌Referencing‌ ‌-

Edward Murphy Library Referencing Guide –


Lecture‌ ‌and‌ ‌Groupwork‌ ‌Tips‌ ‌

‌‌Group‌ ‌Work‌ ‌-

Note‌ ‌Taking

Tips‌ ‌for‌ ‌group‌ ‌work‌

‌‌Note‌ ‌taking‌ ‌in‌ ‌lectures‌ ‌–

Setting goals for upcoming assignments



Exam‌ ‌preparation -


‌ ‌‌Revision‌ ‌strategies‌ ‌for‌ ‌Multiple choice questions

 ‌‌Setting‌ ‌up‌ ‌an‌ ‌at‌ ‌home‌ ‌exam‌ ‌venue‌ &

How to prepare for an Open Book Exam -

‌‌Tips‌ ‌for‌ ‌dealing‌ ‌with‌ ‌exam‌ ‌stress‌ ‌





Study Supports

Study Life Balance (BACE):


Relaxation techniques

Relaxation Techniques:


Motivation and stress management

Maintaining Motivation:

Managing Stress:

Thought Challenging exercise:



How to manage and make time:



Tips to study at home and Avoid Procrastination:

Goal Setting: