Skills For Life

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Pegasus Professional Training Modules

 

Writing Skills

  • Writing for life – letters, emails, reports
  • Writing to be read – press releases, social media
  • Writing for a living – newspapers, magazines, radio, books & TV
  • A guide to plain English & common mistakes
  • Publishing & the law
  • Research skills & methods

 

Presentation Skills

  • Presentation skills – conducting meetings, delivering speeches
  • Interview skills
  • Presenting for TV & radio

 

Basic Video Techniques

  • How the simple iPhone can be your all-purpose tool

 

 

University Preparation Courses

 

Our academic consultants, who have taught at second and third level in colleges across Ireland, the UK and the USA, have also developed a further set of modules aimed at introducing Leaving Cert students, new college entrants and mature students to the key writing, research and study skills that they will need to be successful in college.  These US-style modules cover key aspects including structuring an essay, taking notes, researching and referencing, and include…

 

  • Writing for School and for Life
  • Crash Course: Grammar, Syntax, and Usage
  • Planning – Part I (Reading and Research)
  • Planning – Part II (Brainstorming)
  • Thesis Statements: Crafting a Clear Argument
  • Outlining
  • Drafting
  • Conclusions
  • Editing and Revising
  • Citation, Attribution & Avoiding Plagiarism

 

Third level education is about learning at a higher level – developing skills relating to critical thinking, building supported, substantive arguments, analysing information and the critical use of data and multiple sources. These are university-level skills – but new college entrants will benefit hugely from working on the foundations of these skills, even before entering third level. Such skills will also help Leaving Cert students, and are key attributes that employers value.

Recent UK research suggests that courses designed to teach sixth form students essential university-level study skills also significantly improves their A-level results (University of East Anglia).

 

Lecturers

 

All the Pegasus training modules are delivered by leading academics, published authors and frontline media professionals, including…

 

Dr. Jonathan Creasy, editor, publisher, teacher, author The Black Mountain Letters (2016)

Dr. Myles Dungan, historian, presenter, RTE’s The History Show, author of multiple books, including Irish Voices From The Great War (1995) and How The Irish Won The West (2006).

Senator Marie Louise O’Donnell, BBC, RTE, TV3, The Vincent Browne Show

John O’Keeffe, criminologist, newspaper columnist and Associate Editor of The Garda Review

Brenda Power, barrister, presenter, Sunday Times/Daily Mail columnist, author The Noughties

Niall O’Flynn, RTE journalist, producer/director, author Ireland’s Olympians

 

 

Senior Staff

Dr. Jonathan Creasy is an author, editor, publisher, teacher and musician. Educated at California Institute of the Arts and Trinity College Dublin, he has First Class degrees in English Literature.

Formerly a Writing Consultant in the Department of Rhetoric and Writing at the University of Texas at Austin, he now teaches at Trinity College and the James Joyce Centre and runs New Dublin Press, a publishing house and community arts initiative. His writing has been widely published both in Ireland and the United States, and he is a regular contributor to The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Dublin Review of Books, POST (Journal of the Irish Centre for Poetry Studies), and to BBC and RTE Radio.

His book of poems and essays, The Black Mountain Letters, was published In 2016 by Dalkey Archive Press, to wide acclaim.   Also in 2016, he took up the prestigious Lannan Writing Residency, awarded by the Lannan Foundation. In 2015, he was a DAAD Scholar at Freie Universität Berlin, Universität der Künste Berlin, and the Bauhaus Archive. His research has been funded by Trinity College Dublin, University of Connecticut, University of North Carolina and the German Government.

Creasy has also served as Editor-in-Chief of Trinity’s peer-reviewed Journal of Postgraduate Research, poetry editor of Icarus magazine and Editor-in-Chief of Trinity’s College Green. His organisation and production credits include the feature radio documentary, The Big Book: James Joyce’s Ulysses, and he is founder and director of the Performing Poetry Project, and producer of An Evening With Susan Howe. He was also a member of the Organising Committee for the 25th Ezra Pound International Conference (TCD), the Dylan Thomas Centenary and the Bloomsday Festival.

Creasy lives and works primarily in Dublin, where he is Programmes Director for Pegasus Educational.