Cracking the College Code

Making the most of the first year college experience

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Worried about making the Transition to College?

Did you know that approximately  7,000 students don't make it past the first year in college?

Cracking the College Code is the 'one-stop-shop' guide to help students to navigate their way around first year in college. It is unique in that it is written from the third level perspective dealing with before and after the CAO process. Published by C.J. Fallon

It is endorsed by third level institutions countrywide and suitable for students starting out on their study journeys at third level serving degree, diploma or certificate levels.  

Order your copy of Cracking the College Code here today and find out all you need to know about making a success of your study after leaving certificate and the importance of making informed choices.

Now available online:

Information talks are available to parent and student groups nationwide on making a successful move to college and looking at the future of work.

Individual consultations: Catherine works with first year college students who are having difficulty settling into college life. She also works with students in later years who are struggling with various aspects of their studies. Parents can also avail of consultations regarding issues they may have at these times.

Career consultations for jobseekers or those seeking career progression are also available; dealing with CV preparation, job applications, preparing for interview with specialisation in competency based interviews.

Contact Catherine at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 086 6017036. 





"I wish this book was around when I was starting out. It opens prospective students' minds to everything you don't think of about third level. A must- read for anyone thinking about going to college". Jenny Stokes, Graduate

 "This book makes a very practical contribution in setting our young people on the pathway to success, armed with a very clear picture of the expectations and demands they will face in third level. It will help students get up to speed quickly as they move from one level to another." Minister for Education and Skills

"Catherine O'Connor has written this immensely useful and practical guide. This is the kind of guide I would have welcomed as a student, and it’s a guide I’ll be recommending to my own kids"  Provost of Trinity College Dublin, Dr Patrick Prendergast  Provost's address from the book launch here 

"A brilliant book and what every student, parent/guardian needs to read on entry to third level education. Informative, realistic and comprehensive."Nora Irwin: Parent and former Director, National Parents Council Post Primary and Executive Committee Member of COMPASS

"This 'how to' book is the indispensable companion for parents and students - a must read, highly recommended" Betty McLaughlin, Guidance Counsellor and former President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.  

"Cracking the College Code has a wealth of information for both aspiring and current third level students and their parents alike. It is very accessible, well researched and comprehensive. It gives a valuable insight into how the college system really works - a wonderful resource."
Dr Veronica O’Dwyer: Lecturer of Optometry, Dublin Institute of Technology


Parents' Associations and Schools: Multiple copies of the book can be purchased at a discounted price for student and parent groups from CJ Fallon Ltd - Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01 6166490 andthe National Parents Council Post Primary. Also available to purchase on this site and in bookshops nationwide. 

Read more about the Book Launch