Cillian Fahy, programme co-ordinator for OnlineGrinds.ie spoke to Ryan with tips to achieve success in the Junior and Leaving Cert exams..
1. Timetable: structure your study time to make the most of it.
2. Experiment with study styles: there’s still time to learn how to learn.
3. Keep the exam in mind: prioritise your study based on the marks for each section.
4. Study space: make sure you have your own tidy study environment.
5. Don’t spend too long on homework: manage your time between homework and study.
6. Never countdown to the exam. It will only make you (more) nervous.
7. Use your mocks: consider where it went right and where it went wrong – be honest!
8. Start learning now: don’t leave all the learning until the last minute. Your notes may be great but you’ll only get marks for what’s in your head.
9. Do your own research: there are just loads of resources on the web to give you a better understanding of concepts.
10. Reward yourself: study is tough so remember to incentivise yourself.
Don’t Panic – Panicking is a bad idea for two main reasons:
1. YOUR BODY will not react well, or adapt well, to a sudden and dramatic change in lifestyle and this is likely to result in tiredness, lack of concentration and stress.
If you feel you need a couple of extra hours a day to study in these last weeks, take them from non-essential activities like TV, and not from essential ones like sleep
2. YOU WON’T be able to sustain it. Change that is too extreme will burn you out and you’ll soon learn that you simply can’t do four hours of study straight without a break.