Jump Start

Jump Start is a SIPTU College designed and delivered return-to-learn programme aimed at workers who intend returning to study and have not any formal qualifications.
The core units are: –

  • Getting Started and Keeping Going – this is an introductory session providing an overview of the programme; the supports available; motivation and confidence building.
  • Return to the Classroom – this unit will prepare participants to engage effectively and learn in a classroom setting. There is a focus on the key skills required; listening and note-taking.
  • Independent Learning – participants in this unit will get the opportunity to experience independent learning which incorporates ‘reading for a purpose’; note making when reading; memory techniques and basic research methods, use of library and other resources.
  • Writing it up – this unit will focus on essay and report writing from planning a project to writing well; referencing and plagiarism.
  • Adding it up – feeling comfortable with numbers is key to this unit; basic mathematics; statistics; graphs; tables; the importance of accuracy.
  • Talking it up – preparation of presentations and oral reports.
  • IT Skills – two key skills are emphasised here, a) use of the internet; b) word processing
  • Project – there is an end of programme assignment which all participants must submit and which will reflect the learning from each of the units outlined above.
  • Supports for participants will include individual access to a tutor; an on-line support site and a course workbook.