The Study Centre is a purpose built facility located in Ballinasloe town. It consists of one large study hall, one large training room, a large office/classroom and a fully equipped conference room, an exam testing centre as well as a kitchen facility, all of which are available for users of the Centre.
The Study Centre caters for learners of all ages. We provide Adult education through evening and morning courses in a large number of disciplines. College students can avail of our study spaces and we also have full support for secondary school students with a supervised study space, subject revision courses and subject grinds throughout the academic year.
The Study Centre is owned and ran by Ruth Sheridan Cregg, a Ballinasloe native, Ruth is a secondary school teacher of Business, Accountancy and Economics. She is a member of the Network for Educational Action Research, Dyslexia Association of Ireland and a lifelong student. After teaching for many years at both Secondary school and within adult education, Ruth completed a Masters programme to align with her interest in educational inequality and has a keen awareness of difficulties students face surrounding learning and studying throughout secondary school and college. Whilst studying for a Masters in Equality Studies with University College Dublin, Ruth focused on training to teach Students with learning difficulties particularly in the areas of Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. She is a member of the Dyslexia Association of Ireland and provides one to one tutoring for students with specific educational needs. She uses the Orthon Gillingham method with all students and resources used during tutoring are from trainer, teacher and author Mary Moran.
“A key area of education is care and understanding. Educational difficulties present in every classroom across the country that a teacher walks into. Rarely, if ever, have I taught a class or group of students who were confident in their ability and possessed the understanding of how they learn or how to enjoy learning. Throughout secondary school, teachers expect students to have an innate understanding of how to study, focus and motivate themselves, but that is just not the way. We need to be taught how to learn, how to study and most importantly how to enjoy subjects. Difficulties such as Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or even just confidence, hinders learning and understanding in an incredible way. I have learned through my years as a teacher that simply caring about the individuals in front of me and taking time to understand their needs as a learner transforms their ability.”
The Study Centre has been build on the foundation of care while learning. A dedicated space where people can return to education with a part time course, students can have a quite zone to study, a person to call on when they need help with coursework, and everyone can avail of advice for moving forward with their programme of study and learning.
“Every single person has ability. Every single person is intelligent, you as a learner just need to find your area of intelligence and then start to enjoy exploring that area. Just one step starts you moving, and at The Study Centre we will guide you to achieve your own success.”