Make the Most of College Open Days: A Guide for Students and Parents

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Visiting university and institute of technology open days can help students immensely in choosing the right course and college for their future. If you’re planning to attend an Open Day, keep reading as we drop some tips on how make the Most of College Open Days: A Guide for Students and Parents/

Make the Most of College Open Days: A Guide for Students and Parents

Attend With an Open Mind

Don’t fixate on a single college choice before attending open days. Visit with an open mind and allow yourself to be impressed by the range of options.

Talk to Current Students

Make sure to speak to current students about their experiences. Ask about academics, facilities, student life, the area, and whether the college lives up to expectations.

Get the Smaller Picture

Take campus tours and check out key facilities like lecture halls, libraries, labs and recreational spaces to get a feel for daily student life.

Attend Sample Lectures

Sit in on academic taster sessions across subjects you are interested in to get firsthand experience of teaching styles.

Chat with Academic Staff

Discuss course content, specializations, career prospects, past graduate outcomes and research opportunities with professors and lecturers.

Consider Logistics

Factor in distances from home, accommodation availability, transport links and living costs to make realistic choices suitable for you.

Browse Stands

Visit information stands to gather prospectuses and resources across multiple disciplines. Discuss course queries with stand representatives.

Keep an Open Day Journal

Take organized notes about impressions of each college to review later when making your CAO selections.

Leverage open days to immerse yourself in the student experience at your top choices. Thorough exploration will ensure you make the CAO decisions right for you.


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Steven Galvin

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