tudents visiting The Irish Times Higher Options stand in the RDS Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

The RDS opened its doors morning for the second day of the 2017 Irish Times Higher Options expo. Thousands of students are expected to attend the eve(...)

Leaving Certificate jitters: although it’s a stressful time for both parents and students, try not to radiate your nervous tension on to your child in the run-up and throughout the Leaving Cert. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

I’ve read about them, listened to them, written about them and, to be honest, had the odd smirk about them. Now I am one – a Leaving Cert mum.  (...)

Proponents say the new system will drastically reduce the number of students who miss out on their course due to random selection, and will incentivise more students to take subjects at higher level. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

As if students didn’t have enough to contend with. Between the Leaving Cert exams and the looming CAO change-of-mind deadline, sixth years have a lot (...)

There are a range of online tools to help students explore their course interests. Photograph: iStock

Question: My 21-year-old son is returning home soon having spent the past two years working and travelling in Australia. We want him to get on with hi(...)

Luke McArdle with his mother Lynn, left, and  pre-school co-manager Margaret Hennessy at  Beaumont Community Pre-school. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Lynn McArdle was devastated when she heard her four-year-old son Luke would not be starting school in September 2016 because the age cut-off date had (...)

Universities and colleges have been developing disability support services to cater for a wide range of special needs. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty Images

If you have a disability and want to pursue third-level education, it’s widely acknowledged there are fewer barriers in your way than there would have(...)

The prolonged period of social withdrawal often begins at school

Hikikomori is a Japanese word use to describe young men who drop out of school and withdraw into their rooms, fed and sheltered by their family but ha(...)

Third-level open days: parents and students should set out some ground rules ahead of the actual event.

Choosing a college is a big deal - and a big ordeal - for both students and parents or guardians. Will they pick the right course? Should they choose (...)

Callum MacClintock, Evan White, Gareth Brien, and Seán Boothman from Naas CBS speaking to student ambassadors from NUI Maynooth at the Irish Times Higher Options Conference in the RDS. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Thousands of teenagers with curious and enquiring minds are making their way to Dublin this week to find out the various options available after they (...)

Do not worry if you don’t get your preferred course. Almost half of school leavers recorded in a recent survey said they would not pursue the same path in life had they the opportunity to choose again

Life has a curious way of working out. These can seem like facile words, particularly in the midst of personal crisis, but when it comes to disappoin(...)

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