Tips for Choosing a 3rd Level Course


Before you begin researching 3rd level courses, it is important to understand yourself first.  In other words:

  • What type of person are you…what are your personal qualities, what do you love doing, and what do you prefer to avoid?
  • What skills do you have and what are your strengths?
  • What subjects do you like or dislike in school?
  • What are your hobbies and interests?
  • What type of learner are you, e.g. do you learn by doing or can you easily take in information from books?


Tip: Ask your school Guidance Counsellor about the different learning styles and find out which one you are! 

Once you know more about yourself; your preferences, strengths, and abilities, researching courses will be easier to do and you will be able to make a more informed decision.


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