My experience with Citywise began in sixth year when I joined the Fast Track Academy. I was worried about my upcoming exams and Citywise offered an affordable solution to grinds and a quiet study space. I started with a couple of classes a week and studying there on a Wednesday.
As the year went on, I ended up studying in Citywise most days and was taking classes in all seven of my subjects. The classes were really helpful in offering the opportunity to deal with topics I was struggling with, a luxury not afforded in a big secondary school. I was hoping for 400+ points in my leaving cert to get a place in UCD Arts. Thankfully, I achieved that goal and I would have to place a large degree of that success down to the resources open to me in Citywise, most importantly the quiet study area.
Since starting my degree, I have returned to Citywise to teach. I’m currently teaching a Higher-level English and History class. The chance to teach these students was one I was grateful for. I hope to become a secondary school teacher once I finish my degree and this experience in teaching these students is a great opportunity. I found, in my time in Citywise, that each teacher had a different approach to managing classes in such a short time. I have taken an approach that sees the students dictate the course of study. As it is a once-a-week class, it is essential that the time in the class is as beneficial to them as possible. I am really enjoying my time in Citywise. The role reversal is one that I’m really getting to grips with.
Teaching in Jobstown is something I am really enjoying as I think it’s essential that we give back to our communities in whatever way we can. Citywise helped me prepare for my Leaving Certificate and I now feel I should do the same for the students that follow me.
Ní neart go cur le chéile.
- Jack Keatinge