100 leading pointers for exam success and also some mobile apps. Read, use and also be successful.

What should you be doing now if you intend to succeed in the June tests as well as in exams typically?
Advice from those who’ve been there

1 Just study, don’t put things off. #RepeatAdvice @SueBo_

2 Do away with the laptop. Obtain your moms and dads to conceal the battery so you will not be tempted. @paddykell

3 Create a realistic schedule. Short, frequent research sessions. You require to be doing more than your research.

4 Organise on your own. It’s never too late. Clear notes, tidy folders. Don’t tension yourself out. @Orlaith_Farrell

5 Don’t prioritise any one topic. All subjects should get equivalent time. Allow two hrs each weekend for each topic and also around 30-40 minutes per evening for studying what was covered on that particular day in the class.

6 Print primary examiners’ records for your topics. They give sample answers which you can use as an overview for responding to design. #studytips, @NatashaLynchEF

7 How much time do you invest in the web? Half-an-hour in the morning, an hour at night? Everything accumulates. Two hrs a day is 14 each week, 56 each month. Imagine if you were to invest just half of that modifying.

8 Fewer late evenings. The worst thing you can do at the weekend breaks is spend the whole evening up, and also the whole day in bed. Attempt to reach bed by 1am at the current on weekend breaks, and stand up early.

9 Split up work with a buddy, after that assemble, photocopy each other’s notes, instruct each other what you learned. #studybuddy, @NatashaLynchEF

10 Checking out a book isn’t researching– it reads a publication. Establish a target: “I will change this topic for 45 mins”. Bear in mind as you go. Put away guides. Do a test concern. Since’s study.

11 Get knowledgeable about the design of the exam paper. Some papers are complicated as well as complicated directions might toss you on the day.

12 Don’t cut too many edges. Every year students arise ravaged due to the fact that they listened to rumours regarding what was coming up. The fact is anything can turn up. The documents are created to be uncertain.

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13 Document your modification notes on a dictaphone, download onto your phone, modify on the move. #studytips, @NatashaLynchEF

14 Understand what you’re researching– or at the very least attempt. Rephrase in your very own words when possible. Pupils that succeed in examinations don’t simply vomit up truths, they demonstrate actual understanding.

15 Maintain the CAO in mind. Students tend to forget about what they take down on their CAO kinds in the thrill to research for the Leaving Cert. It’s no damage to maintain thinking about what course you want to do, and maintain investigating various locations. @paddykell

16 Don’t speak about what research you’re doing and don’t pay attention to other individuals concerning what they’re doing. Lots of people lie about what they’re doing or not doing. The normally dazzling pal who not did anything yet in some way managed a B1 in the mocks is most likely telling fibs concerning exactly how tough they’re functioning.

17Eat! Gruel can be completely edible with some minor changes. Some fast ones include placing chocolate chips, bananas, peanut butter, and even molasses and strawberries on it. It takes the idea of inedible slop away and keeps you going all early morning. @ClareReidy1

18 My friends and I started our own unpopular fad of dunking Nature Valley bars into yogurt pots, which I recognize sounds abhorrent to some individuals, however it got us through. @ClareReidy1

19 Have something to divert your interest: being solely concentrated on a few days in June at this stage will certainly fry your mind.

20 Workout. Don’t examine any later than 10pm, and also if you can find the power, go with a walk. It launches endorphins in your brain that make you feel great about yourself, as well as it removes your head after hrs of examining. @paddykell

21 Peanut butter mugs and also delicious chocolate bars with nuts are great mind food, and habit forming as well. @ClareReidy1

22 Maintain the tests in point of view. None of the complying with points will be dictated by exactly how you perform in the Leaving Cert: where you live, that you wed, how commonly you marry, the number of icecreams you consume in your lifetime; your total health as well as well-being; the number of rocks that function their way into your footwear resulting in you consistently hopping around on one foot to remove them; the amount of love in your life.


23 Regarding 75 per cent of Junior Cert as well as 55 per cent of Leaving Cert English is entirely hidden up until you open up the paper. That does not suggest you can not research for the test. You are learning skills rather than rote-learning information.

24 Read, read, check out. If you don’t read extensively, you’ll never come to be a great author.

25 Learn quotes from your messages. Videotape them onto your smart device or iPod and listen on the way into school.

26 Do not learn essays off by heart. If you’re writing a narrative, have some instances of characterisation and setting all set to adjust to your title. Innovative creating requirements to be dazzling as well as enjoyable. Program, don’t tell. The visitor must have specific sights, seems and also smells in their minds-eye as they review your writing.

27 Read your work out loud. You’ll hear blunders faster than you’ll see them.

28 Judging a character is complex: analyze what they state, what they do, how they look, what they believe and also really feel and also other individuals’s opinions of them. Do not take them at their word– personalities typically lie, to themselves and also others.

29Learn to lead to words character. There’s just one “h” as well as it goes to the beginning.

30Structure your answers. Stream-of-consciousness design solutions seldom accomplish an excellent quality, specifically if you obtain stuck discovering one factor in excessive detail.

31 Essays on researched texts have to make use of a formal style. Factors should be supported with appropriate and also precise quotes.

32 Know your single message effectively, inside out. Whether you’re making use of recommendation or quotation to sustain your solution, you need to know the message thoroughly.

33 In the comparative research, you should ask on your own “what’s this message all about?”. When you make a listing keeping that heading for all three texts, you can a lot more clearly see what they share. You then require to discover vital moments in each to support your comparisons. As well as you need to be comparing them regularly.

34 You have regarding an hour per area in the examination. Lots of people will certainly create in between seven as well as 10 paragraphs. Time on your own and also write three paragraphs in 20 mins for a bit of bite-sized preparation if you’re pressed for time.

35 Do not listen to the poetry suggestions. Prepare your favorite poets well and also you will be compensated. The more you need to state about a poet’s job the better, so have a sight which you can back up by referencing the poet’s job.


36 Practicing previous examination documents is a really vital part of creating excellent test method. Beginning now if you have not currently.

37 You need to recognize the proofs as well as theories and also the description of the vocabulary used.

38 Use the official noting plans. They commonly reveal greater than one appropriate approach of addressing an inquiry. The noting schemes also show you exactly how marks were allocated by the supervisors throughout all parts of all inquiries in previous exams, yet there’s no real requirement for you to analyse this. It is not feasible to forecast the allocation of marks within a concern– the allocation can vary widely as well as in unanticipated means.

39 Mean you choose to give five hrs a week to maths, a reasonable quantity at this stage of the year. Break this up right into 5 35 minutes ports each week-night providing you almost two hours at weekend.

40 Maths is the only Leaving Cert topic without an option on the paper. Consequently you should stay up to date with the product covered in course.

41 Weekend research study ideally ought to be used for trying inquiries from previous documents as well as example papers. It is crucial to know the exact set up of your exam, the amount of inquiries, the wording made use of, and so on. Time on your own to get utilized to the moment restraints.

42 The project mathematics noting system is rather various from the marking scheme utilized in the past. There are 5 marking scales, with approximately six classifications per noting range. It’s a whole lot extra complicated than the previous system.

43 Begin with your much-loved question. It will aid settle your nerves on examination day. Naturally if you favor a sequential strategy, do that.

44 It appears obvious yet get made use of to reading questions very carefully. Make certain you’re not missing any type of information.

45 It is important to practise and be comfortable with the basics before attempting the new word troubles in maths. These inquiries have to be read very carefully. Attempt to recognize the trouble. Look at the information provided. Jot down all the quantities offered and what is being looked for, ie, translating the English words right into mathematical sentences. Usually there is an equation that links the data you have with the information you require.

46 Sometimes you assume you understand a topic, but along comes a concern which can be phrased in a way you have never ever seen before. Don’t allow this toss you. The more technique you have from dealing with different questions, the more confident you will certainly come to be when you deal with an unusual looking question.

47 If stuck, do not search for the option also promptly. You will frequently find out more by tackling it on your own for a while, even if you have to review the service in the long run.

48 Show all operations within your solution– do refrain rough-work on a different page. Do not utilize Tippex, rather erase any kind of errors with a single line. You could obtain marks for the job you have deleted, however not if it’s Tippexed. Likewise, if you solve a trouble utilizing a calculator, write out some or all of the actions taken. Do not just offer the answer. This is to ensure you get marks even if you make a slip.

49 Attracting a diagram and even a basic illustration can usually be very helpful to get started in taking on a question, as well as may get marks for you.

50 Get aware of your solutions and also tables brochure. It offers a lot of useful info. Utilize it.


51 Homework is in fact research study. It is evaluating on what was shown on that particular day in the classroom as well as is most of the time, directly based on a test concern: ie, poetry inquiries or a léamhthuiscint or a character from a prós tale.

52 Pupils commonly go residence as well as discover a teacher’s solutions on either filiocht or prós off by heart. You don’t require to do this. You should perhaps study how the concern is opened– the framework of the answer– keeping an eye on appropriate quotations made use of.

53 In the filiocht sections, if you can convert the poem you have essentially every answer called for on the day as all poetry will certainly be printed on the real exam paper. The only areas that should be learned off by heart are the grammatic terms that will be asked in question 6A in the léamhthuiscint area– terms such as aimsigh and so forth.

54 Past test documents are crucial. They reveal the format of the actual test and how questions might be partitioned in numerous sections. It is great technique to examine a specific subject and afterwards do out test concerns, keeping an eye on schedule restraints and sticking rigidly to them.

55 Keep re-reading the question over and over to guarantee you are in fact answering the concern asked. No marks will be awarded for info that is not pertinent. In the filiocht area, if you are asked on theme, just on style and not sensations or feelings.

56 At this phase, you will have completed your simulated tests and also will certainly have sat through two complete papers in Irish. Whatever blunders you may have made, will certainly not be duplicated in June. Keep in mind, you will constantly learn by your errors. If you ran out of time in Paper 2– a long paper– you will certainly require to readjust the length of time you invest in the numerous sections.

57 Do not forget the value of the oral Irish exam which lugs 40 per cent of the overall examination mark. Know the picture series well as there are 80 marks going with this section. Method asking questions. Trainees are usually better at responding to concerns than inquiring. Additionally practise checking out the poetry on a daily basis– with 35 marks for reading a mere 10-12 lines it deserves extra that the whole verse or prose course.


Oral examination

58Remember that this is a discussion, not a meeting. The inspector exists to help you reach your highest capacity.

59Marks are granted for structure, communication, vocabulary as well as pronunciation, and also vocabulary is actually how you expression your responses. Do not utilize vernacular terms way too much. Rich vocabulary is all about utilizing a various way to state something.

60 Pronunciation is very important and make up 20 per cent of the examination Pay attention to French, German or Spanish radio and record on your own to excellent your accent.

61Try investing 10-15 mins a day on your oral work. As soon as you have actually learned a subject, technique it aloud on your own. When you are much more confident, practise with a buddy or a family member.

Acoustic exam.

62 Ask your educator to evaluate you on previous aurals from years back as for the very early 1990s ideally. Pay attention to your own CDs as well as downloads.

63Log on Google.fr for French, Google.de for German or Google.es for Spanish and also search YouTube for clips in your chosen language. Even if you do not recognize every word, your ear will become familiar with it.

64 For French, log onto tf1.fr as well as listen to Le Journal de 13h or 20h, a prominent information channel on French television. You can also pay attention to French information on rfi.fr as well as radiofrance.fr.

General language advice

65Do not learn off large lengthy essays on every subject. You will certainly get bogged down and become discouraged. Write three points on each topic and also learn more about 20 words of vocabulary. Make certain you have suitable sentences to begin and end a composed piece.

66 Don’t utilize Google equate as it translates actually and also does not take context into factor to consider. Wordreference.com is an excellent translation website. It will only translate one word at once, so it can be frustrating yet there are fascinating aid forums on the website.

67Familiarise yourself with the way concerns are asked at the end of each reading comprehension.

68 Do not be lured to find out off viewpoint pieces by heart. It is unlikely that the item that you will certainly have found out will answer the concern given up the paper. You will be heavily punished if you do not deal with the concern, even if the language that you have actually utilized is appropriate. Instead, build up your vocabulary for the different topics on the syllabus and exercise with previous or simulated assessment documents.

69Check out @PetitTweetCork for tweets in French to assist LC students in prep for French examination. @NatashaLynchEF


70 It is best to spend 30 minutes at once studying biology. Take a short, five-minute break after thirty minutes and after that carry on to the next subject.

71Try to invest concerning 4 half an hour sessions weekly committed to addressing past papers. These could range over the short concerns in area A, the speculative questions in area B and also the long inquiries in section C.

72About 25 per cent of the marks are acquired from knowing your meanings. These must be found out off by heart.
73 Between 15 and also 30 percent of the marks are obtained from the experiments. As there are only 22 experiments, it is feasible to cover one experiment per day throughout a month. When finding out the experiments you need to understand the actions taken and the factor for taking each action.

74Up to Easter, your study needs to vary over the entire program. From Easter, focus on certain topics. These are the subjects that come up yearly in addition to any kind of topics that are more likely to come up this year.


75Know what is entailed: time– the geography paper is 2 hrs and also 50 mins long; framework– 5 full concerns need to be answered. All inquiries equivalent 80 marks.

76Plan your research. At the very least 80 per cent of your time will be spent on research so it is necessary you get the abilities to research successfully.

77 Plan reasonable targets which you can accomplish in each study session, eg, draw up 15 substantial relevant factors (SRPs) on your chosen subject.

78Focus on subjects that are analyzed every year. These include: core system 1– landform advancement; plate tectonics; human communication; core device 2– financial tasks in an Irish area; economic tasks in a European region; financial activities in a continental/sub-continental area; financial optional– influence of EU plans on Ireland; international business.

79When you review your notes, select the keywords or expressions which will certainly assist you to remember what the topic has to do with.

80 Make a topic summary by putting the core theme or topic title in the centre then draw lines from the centre and write sub-themes at the end of the lines. Along each line, create the keywords or phrases linked to the sub-theme.

81 Cover all the major subjects. Don’t try to forecast what will be checked out. Rather, practise answering evaluation inquiries from previous papers. Time yourself as well as see if you can compose an answer in the time which the exam will permit you.

82Remember that the 30-mark parts of the concern need to have 15 SRPs


83 The typical key words are: “represent”– discuss and also provide factors; “contrast”– explain similarities as well as differences; “comparison”– mention the major distinctions; “explain”– state the apparent; “explain”– write out the bottom lines and create a description.


84Spend a minimum of an hour-and-a-half on organization revision every second evening. So 3 or 4 one-and-a-half hrs research study sessions each week.

85The used business inquiry (ABQ) gets on a five-year cycle, so the ABQs of 2008 and also 2003 will certainly be structured identically to 2013 and these ABQs have to be practiced initially, prior to any other year.

86 Long inquiry practice: 25-mark questions– spend 10 mins on them; 20-mark inquiries– invest 8 minutes on them. 20-mark inquiries are one of the most typical and pupils erroneously invest 10 minutes on them, which soon develops to a great deal of 2 minutes’s shed throughout the examination; 15-mark question– invest 6 minutes.

87The two most preferred verbs are “illustrate” as well as “evaluate”. Yet with our above structure we immediately deal with these verbs. The instance deals with highlight as well as the pupil can utilize the benefit or drawback as their personal opinion by placing “in my viewpoint” ahead or their advantage or drawback. This is outstanding as it is a real opinion not rote picked up from a book.

88 ABQ– you have 45 mins to address this section. It is essential to practise it as it takes most students over a hr to do this question. However after 5 or 6 ABQs the speed normally develops. If you do not practise the ABQ, you will certainly not get it done in under a hr in the Leaving Cert– significant mistake.You must be doing a minimum of one ABQ weekly from currently up until the examination.

89 The lengthy inquiry can usually consist of one sentence, but there are two components to be dealt with to appropriately respond to the concern. The long concern may also have a short story as an intro, if so pupils must refer to the short story in their answer or marks will be shed.


90By now you need to be ended up, or nearing the conclusion of your special research study. Look into the needs for size, sources and also history information, and keep in mind someone will be reading 300 of these over a couple of weeks in the summer, so make it unforgettable.

91 Every topic will certainly have details that are vital eg, terms such as fascism, sectarianism, ecumenism. See to it you understand vital days as well as what order occasions happened. It resembles telling a story. Don’t exclude the vital little bits and it’s not very interesting if you inform it in the wrong order.

92 Do not think about discovering off essays. It would certainly be wonderful if you obtain the precise phrasing in your examination inquiries however it’s not likely to happen, so think about moveable information that you can make use of to answer any type of inquiry. Practise writing a point per paragraph; keep in mind the solution is marked primarily paragraph by paragraph and also if your job is organised and thoughtful, you’ll succeed.

93 Remember, honours history is not about composing all you know about a subject. It has to do with discovering to make links to the concern you are responding to with the details you understand. As an example, a concern on the variables that brought about the growth of fascism is not write all you learn about fascism: you need to isolate what brought about its rise such as instability after the second World War, the economic scenario, threat of communism etc 94Look at your documents: several pupils regard this inquiry as a procedure however knowing the subject, as well as how to take care of written and also aesthetic resources can be worth an extra quality.

95Don’ t neglect to change your mandatory study. There are only 3, so see to it you understand enough to create a mini-essay of two-and-a fifty percent web pages in order to address the contextualisation part of the inquiry.

Home Economics

96The home economics program is significant. Break it down. Have a schedule, and take it one day or week at once.

97Do 3 or 4 short inquiries every night. Each one deserves 6 marks– that’s 1.5 per cent of your total mark. Utilize your textbook to answer them, so you build up a bank of precise information in your head.

98 Method question 1 (a) in section B. You will have to evaluate a graph or a graph in this question. It does not appear in any type of book. You need to be knowledgeable about it.

99 Read one examination concern each night. Highlight vital terms. What is being asked? Take a look at the noting scheme. How are marks distributed? Several students have the best info but shed marks because they do not understand their noting scheme.

100Know all the topics in your optional. Part (a) is mandatory. If you reduced edges, you might obtain captured out.

Additionally attempt utilizing some mobile apps to help yyou stay cooncetrated.

Apps to help concentration
The best focus applications can help you enter into the best psychological area for taking in info. This group checks out applications that keep you from obtaining distracted (e.g. with white noise or by obstructing various other applications).

  1. Woodland
    Woodland App
    A few of us need a little exterior inspiration to stay concentrated while researching. Which’s penalty.

The Woodland app offers a visual incentive by letting you plant a virtual tree and after that essentially holding that tree hostage till your study session mores than.

Want to inspect your Instagram momentarily? Tempted to do a fast online store in between book phases? Go ahead. You’ll just have to involve tranquility with seeing your tree wither and also pass away initially.

However if you stick to your emphasis time, you’ll take pleasure in seeing your trees grow. Over numerous research sessions, you can build a wonderful electronic woodland– a positive reminder of all your effective hrs.

Bonus offer: The Woodland application is a companion of Trees for the Future. This organisation plants real trees on behalf of the online ones that pro customers expand (over 1 million trees and checking). So, utilizing this application to block other apps while studying can help the environment as well as your qualities. Tolerable in all.

Offered on: iphone, Android, Chrome
Typical score: 4.8/ 5 on App Store, 4.8/ 5 on Google Play
Cost: $2.99 on App Store, Free (with advertisements) on Google Play– in-app acquisitions available on all gadgets

  1. Freedom
    Flexibility application to block apps while researching
    Flexibility is an application that locks your phone while studying (or any other time you need to concentrate). Flag the apps and/or sites that sidetrack you, and also Liberty will block them– great if the self-motivated applications like Forest don’t fairly suffice for you. You can set a set up session in advance or start some ‘Liberty time’ whenever you require it.

Freedom obstructs time-wasting apps and also web sites throughout all your devices, so your iPad will not attract you away while you’re examining on your MacBook.

Did you recognize? Most smartphones have integrated devices for tracking display time and also setting restrictions. They may not be as fancy as Woodland and Flexibility, but they can finish the job in a pinch. Try to find ‘Screen Time’ (iOS) or ‘Digital Well-being’ (Android) to explore your alternatives.

Available on: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Chrome
Average rating: 3.2/ 5 on Application Store, 3.9/ 5 on Google Play
Price: Free for basic attributes, costs registration available ($ 30/year).
Keep in mind: Please check your institution’s plan before downloading this or any type of application to your institution computer system.

  1. White Noise Lite.
    White Noise app to assist concentration.
    Silence can be deafening when you’re trying to concentrate, but your much-loved tunes might not help a lot either. There’s nothing rather like completing a crucial note only to know you started composing lyrics midway with the sentence (many thanks a great deal, Billie).

A bit of white noise can aid you concentrate without drawing excessive attention to itself. The White Noise Lite application allows you develop customized soundscapes to suit your preferences with a vast array of noises including coastline waves, winds, camp fires, chimes, rainfall, running water and even a hoover (hey, if that’s what gets you in the state of mind for research study, you do you).

Packing up the textbooks for the night? Change from your researching mix to your snoozing mix for a relaxing rest.

Readily available on: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Chrome.
Ordinary ranking: 4.7/ 5 on App Store, 4.6/ 5 on Google Play.
Price: Free for lite version, $1.49 for complete version (no advertisements).
Note: Please check your college’s policy prior to downloading this or any application to your school computer.
Productivity apps for students.
Alright, so you have actually obtained disturbances out of the way and some background sounds on loop. Currently allow’s speak about some great apps for students that will certainly help you obtain one of the most out of your research study time. The next 2 study applications aid you arrange your timetable and also remain on top of assignments so you can attain even more and also cram less.

  1. Todoist.
    Todoist application.
    Todoist can arrange your institution topics, assignment due dates, research and also … pretty much your entire life, if you want it to. This is one of the most effective apps for students since it keeps your schoolwork on the right track while also holding you answerable.

The Todoist application supplies handy attributes including:.

persisting due dates (terrific for regular homework).
fast add (include new projects and jobs on the move).
favourites and also top priorities (flag the topics you require to concentrate on).
areas and subtasks (divide intimidating jobs into tiny, easy actions).
integrations with various other apps (e.g. Google Schedule and Dropbox).
With all your jobs and due days maintained nicely in Todoist– rather than floating about in your head– you’ll be cost-free to focus on your studies.

Offered on: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows.
Ordinary score: 4.7/ 5 on Application Shop, 4.5/ 5 on Google Play.
Expense: Free for standard, $4.99/ year for premium (additional functions, no ads).
Keep in mind: Please check your college’s plan prior to downloading this or any application to your institution computer system.

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