Author: Stephen Bruce

Mr. Physics

Here at DIFC, we are lucky to have a wonderful teaching team. Every morning they come to DIFC with only one thing on their minds: how to help their students (that and whether to go to Noshington’s or the canteen for a coffee). Of all those minds, perhaps the most complex and mysterious belongs to Stephen […]

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Holidays

After a lot of work and a lot of study, our students have finished up and are hopefully enjoying their summer holidays and a well deserved rest. One of the great things about university is the holidays. When you start your undergraduate degree, you have 3 or 4 years in front of you. With approximately […]

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Joseph – one year on.

Joseph Ojoo was a student with DIFC in the class of 2014. Joseph is an out-going, intelligent young man from Kenya and was popular both with classmates and DIFC staff. A big fan of rugby, literature and, interestingly, stunt work, Joseph always has something interesting to talk about. This week students in the class of […]

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Numbers

Last classes took place today before final exams next week. Congratulations to all of our students for making it this far. Those of you on the IFY stream have clocked up some impressive numbers: 100+ hours in Maths class hammering away at calculators and getting to grips with Quadratics, Vectors, Trigonometry, Matrices, Statistics. 100+ hours […]

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What is Academic Vocabulary?

When you start studying for university, you often hear people talk about “academic” vocabulary. This is a very vague term and can be a worry. What is this academic vocabulary? How can I learn it? Will I lose marks if my vocabulary isn’t academic enough? The result can often be that students go to the […]

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Living in Dublin – Helpful Hacks

Now that Dublin is basking in sunshine, and for many students, exams are finished, it is a good time to explore Dublin. There are many, many websites online that will offer you traditional advice about things to do in Dublin. For this blogpost, we thought it might be fun to share less well-known (secret?) things […]

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1st Year of Medical College

Many of the students who come to DIFC do so because they wish to study medicine. Becoming a doctor is a wonderful ambition, but as Dr. Kennedy explained in this post, it takes a lot of hard work and diligence. It can be a long and challenging road. The first year in medical college can […]

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Hard work and success

Starting university is an extremely exciting time. It is moving from the very ordered world of high school to a freer environment where you will meet new people from completely different backgrounds. It is also the end of many years of hard work and the beginning of many more years of hard work. Here at […]

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Interview with Dr Kieran Kennedy, General Practitioner and University Lecturer

In this interview, Dr Kieran Kennedy shares his experience of studying medicine and working as a medical doctor here in Ireland. Dr Kennedy is a Lecturer in Clinical Methods and Clinical Practice in the School of Medicine at the National University of Ireland Galway. He is involved in teaching undergraduate medical students at all stages of their […]

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Twitter – Opening the Door

If you are planning to study Business at university, you will have to read a lot. If you are planning to study Medicine, you will also have to read a lot. Even if you are planning to study cinema, you will have to read a lot. It might seem obvious, but the reality is that […]

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Presentations – Former DIFC Student offers advice.

DIFC IFY intake 2 students are working on their presentations at the moment. There are some fascinating topics being planned and as usual, the presentations will be a highlight of our academic year. Of course, public speaking can be a stressful experience. In this interview, Brendan Hough, talks about his experience of doing a presentation […]

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