Success In School

"Success in School"

(Study Skills seminar)



For Third, TY, Fifth or Sixth Year students
(Choose from full day and half day courses)


The seminar can be held during your SCHOOL DAY or on WEEKENDS, whichever best suits your school’s needs.

(Courses adapted in Northern Ireland for GCSE, AS, A Level classes).
All courses presented by SES are conducted by experienced, fully qualified secondary school teachers, selected for their ability to inspire and motivate students.
Each student receives a booklet summarising the main points covered in the seminar.
All sessions are designed to increase the students’ confidence in their own ability to achieve.

The format of the seminar can be adapted to suit an individual school’s needs and time table restrictions.


Usual timing:
Full day course:   9:30a.m. – 3:15p.m.
Half day course:  Group a) 9.15am-12.00p.m.
Group b) 12.45-3.15p.m.

Held during a school day or on a weekend (Saturday or Sunday)


Please click here to see our list of schools recently visited, so that you can check the suitability of our course with teachers/ principals in other schools.


Why ask us into your school?

We are aware that many students receive instruction in Study Skills at school. We feel confident however, that our courses prove more effective as the students feel that they are being instructed by “specialist outsiders” The learning atmosphere of a condensed and intensive seminar has been found to make the student more receptive to the instruction received. Each student receives clear, concise notes which summarise the main points covered and are useful for later reference.

The staff involved in presenting the course are all qualified teachers, trained in the SES study techniques, and are selected for their ability to motivate and communicate effectively with students.

The students’ response sheets make it clear that the skills learnt benefit them greatly with their studies. Since 1985, over four hundred thousand students have attended our study skills course with very positive results! Many make the comment that they never really knew how to study before! We have found that when students learn how to study, their confidence soars and their school results can improve dramatically.

This very successful and fast moving seminar is designed to assist secondary school students to achieve to their full potential, by improving their study and organisational techniques and their motivation to succeed.

The progamme has been constantly revised and improved over the last twenty seven years by experienced teachers and educational administrators. Continued research ensures that we remain the market leaders in this area of expertise.

No other organisation has been chosen by so many schools and colleges, throughout Ireland to instruct students in learning techniques.


A selection of the following topics are covered:
(depending on Year Level and time available – half day or full day)

  1. Goal Setting: We stress the importance of setting realistic goals. We assist the students in setting their long, intermediate and short term goal charts.
  2. Time Management: Students are shown how to construct a workable study/homework timetable to suit their personal needs.
  3. Note Taking: By working through our sample exercise sheets, students are taught the basic skills of note taking, thereby saving hours of wasted study time!
  4. Memory Techniques: Simple ideas to improve their capacity to store information.
  5. Essay Writing: This very popular lesson shows excellent ways of improving one’s writing skills.
  6. Exam Techniques: We show students how to prepare for and sit their exams and how to construct their revision planners. We point out common pitfalls and explain to them what the examiner is looking for.
  7. Homework Skills: So many students waste long hours copying out their textbooks! We will show them how to make effective use of homework time.
  8. The S.E.S Study Method: Perhaps the most important session of the course! Most students have no idea as to how to study and to retain the information learnt. Their response to this proven method of study, (“SES Test” method),has been remarkable! Students feel confident that by using this unique study method they can now do really well in their exams.

(We have now adapted our course, and material, to assist students who are using iPads in the classroom.  Further research in this new and exciting area of education is ongoing).


Download a brochure of the courses we offer to schools   

Please contact us if you would like to receive further information on any of our courses. Just click the Here, (or phone Emer on 01 4947927).






What the schools say:

Your instructors are great! They affirmed and supported our diligent students and encouraged and motivated the less enthusiastic. Brendan McCauley, Principal, Colaiste Eanna, Dublin 16.

I commend you all on this wonderful service.  The students found the teachers well prepared, engaging and fun. We will definitely use you in the future Sharon Gerahty, St Gerald’s College, Castlebar.

The teacher was very pleasant and the students really liked him. They were very motivated by the seminar. Excellent all round. Many thanks. Marion Collins, Plunkett College, Dublin.

Our students have found this seminar very helpful. We envisage doing it on an annual basis. Pat Byrne, Colaiste FCJ Laurel Hill.

The feedback from the staff was excellent. Described by some as the best staff presentation they ever had.  I will be booking another presentation for next year. Paul Crowe, Principal, Old  Bawn Community School.

Your teachers developed a very positive rapport with the students and the talk for the parents was excellent. Fiona Ni Chathain, Colaiste Cois Life, Lucan.

Full marks in all categories.  See you again next year! Lorna Loughrea, TCD School of Pharmacy.

I surveyed the students and they were delighted with the seminar.  It was delivered with humour and the teacher related very well with the students Jean Doyle, Guidance Counsellor, Notre Dame, Dublin.

Really excellent response! Moya McDowell,Guidance Counsellor, Loreto High School, Beaufort.

We have found the seminar helps students think positively and gives them real, practical skills for success! John McKennedy, Principal, St Colmcilles, Knocklyon Community School.

The staff were absolutely thrilled with the course; spurred them on to learn more themselves
Mary White, Principal, Dominican Wicklow.

We are always delighted with the response from our students – they find the seminar very motivational and extremely worthwhile. Denis Corry, Principal, Gort Community School.

Your programme has proved very successful each year, the students seem to benefit greatly
Seamus O’Ceallachain, Principal, Pobalscoil na Trionoide, Youghal.


Some schools use the following strategy in order to maximise the effectiveness of our different seminars for their students:

(each student would therefore see us three times during their six years in secondary school).

Introduction to Study Skills: Two and a half hours; 1st or 2nd Year.

Success in School: Full day; 3rd or 5th Year.

Follow-on Seminar: Two and a half hours; 6th Year.