100 top pointers for exam success and also some mobile applications. Read, use and also prosper.



What should you be doing currently if you intend to be successful in the June exams and also in tests generally?
Guidance from those that have actually been there

1 Simply study, don’t put things off.

2 Put away the laptop computer. Get your parents to hide the battery so you will not be attracted

3 Prepare a reasonable schedule. Short, constant research sessions. You require to be doing more than your research.

4 Organise on your own. It’s never far too late. Clear notes, clean folders. Don’t stress and anxiety yourself out.

5 Don’t prioritise any type of one subject. All topics should obtain equal time. Permit 2 hours each weekend for each and every topic as well as around 30-40 minutes per evening for researching what was covered on that day in the classroom.

6 Print primary supervisors’ reports for your subjects. They offer example solutions which you can make use of as a guide for responding to design.

7 How much time do you spend on the internet? Half-an-hour in the morning, an hour at night? It all builds up. Two hrs a day is 14 each week, 56 each month. Imagine if you were to spend simply half of that revising.

8 Less late nights. The most awful point you can do at the weekends is invest the entire evening up, as well as the entire day in bed. Attempt to reach bed by 1am at the latest on weekends, and also get up early.

9 Split up deal with a pal, then meet up, photocopy each other’s notes, show each other what you discovered.

10 Checking out a publication isn’t studying– it reads a book. Establish a target: “I will certainly revise this topic for 45 minutes”. Make note as you go. Put away the books. Do an exam concern. Since’s research.

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

12 Don’t reduce a lot of corners. Yearly trainees arise devastated because they listened to rumours about what was showing up. The fact is anything can show up. The papers are created to be unpredictable.

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13 Record your revision notes on a dictaphone, download and install onto your phone, modify on the move.

14 Understand what you’re researching– or at least try. Rephrase in your very own words when feasible. Students who succeed in tests don’t just vomit up realities, they show genuine understanding.

15 Maintain the CAO in mind. Students tend to forget what they put down on their CAO types in the thrill to research for the Leaving Cert. It’s no harm to keep considering what program you wish to do, as well as keep investigating various areas.

16 Don’t talk about what research you’re doing as well as don’t listen to other individuals concerning what they’re doing. Great deals of individuals exist concerning what they’re doing or otherwise doing. The normally great good friend that did nothing but somehow managed a B1 in the mocks is most likely telling fibs regarding exactly how hard they’re working.

17Eat! Porridge can be completely edible with some small changes. Some fast ones include putting delicious chocolate chips, bananas, peanut butter, or perhaps molasses and also strawberries on it. It takes the notion of not fit to eat slop away and also keeps you going all morning.

18 My friends as well as I began our very own unpopular pattern of dunking Nature Valley bars right into yogurt pots, which I comprehend sounds nauseous to some individuals, but it got us via.

19 Have something to divert your interest: being only concentrated on a couple of days in June at this phase will certainly fry your brain.

20 Exercise. Do not examine any kind of later than 10pm, and also if you can find the energy, go with a walk. It launches endorphins in your brain that make you feel excellent about on your own, as well as it removes your head after hrs of researching.

21 Peanut butter mugs as well as delicious chocolate bars with nuts are fantastic brain food, as well as addicting as well. @ClareReidy1

22 Maintain the tests in point of view. None of the adhering to things will certainly be determined by just how you do in the Leaving Cert: where you live, that you marry, how typically you wed, the amount of icecreams you eat in your lifetime; your general health and wellness as well as well-being; the number of rocks that function their method into your footwear leading to you repeatedly hopping around on one foot to eliminate them; the quantity of love in your life.

English

23 Regarding 75 percent of Junior Cert and 55 per cent of Leaving Cert English is entirely undetected up until you open the paper. That does not mean you can’t study for the test. You are learning skills instead of rote-learning info.

24 Read, reviewed, review. If you do not review widely, you’ll never ever end up being an excellent author.

25 Learn quotes from your texts. Tape them onto your mobile phone or iPod as well as pay attention en route right into college.

26 Don’t discover essays off by heart. If you’re writing a short story, have some examples of characterisation and also establishing all set to adapt to your title. Innovative creating requirements to be brilliant and enjoyable. Program, don’t inform. The visitor should have specific sights, seems and also smells in their minds-eye as they review your writing.

27 Review your work out loud. You’ll hear errors earlier than you’ll see them.

28 Judging a character is facility: examine what they claim, what they do, exactly how they look, what they believe and also really feel as well as other individuals’s point of views of them. Don’t take them at their word– characters usually exist, to themselves as well as others.

29Learn to mean the word character. There’s just one “h” as well as it’s at the beginning.

30Structure your answers. Stream-of-consciousness style answers hardly ever accomplish a good quality, specifically if you obtain stuck exploring one point in excessive information.

31 Essays on studied texts have to make use of a formal style. Factors must be supported with relevant as well as precise quotes.

32 Know your single text very well, completely. Whether you’re making use of referral or quotation to sustain your answer, you require to recognize the message in detail.

33 In the relative study, you should ask yourself “what’s this message everything about?”. When you make a checklist keeping that going to all three messages, you can more clearly see what they share. You after that require to locate key minutes in each to support your comparisons. And you should be comparing them constantly.

34 You have concerning a hr per section in the examination. Most people will certainly write between 7 as well as 10 paragraphs. Time on your own and also create three paragraphs in 20 minutes awhile of bite-sized preparation if you’re pressed for time.

35 Don’t pay attention to the verse suggestions. Prepare your much-loved poets well and also you will certainly be rewarded. The more you need to state about a poet’s work the much better, so have a view which you can back up by referencing the poet’s job.

Mathematics

36 Practising past exam papers is a really important part of developing excellent test technique. Start now if you have not already.

37 You should know the proofs and also theories and also the explanation of the vocabulary used.

38 Usage the main noting plans. They frequently show more than one appropriate method of fixing an inquiry. The noting schemes additionally show you just how marks were allocated by the inspectors across all parts of all concerns in previous tests, but there’s no actual requirement for you to analyse this. It is not possible to predict the allowance of marks within a concern– the allocation can differ hugely and in unexpected methods.

39 Mean you determine to give five hrs a week to maths, a sensible quantity at this stage of the year. Damage this up right into five 35 mins slots each week-night giving you almost two hours at weekend break.

40 Mathematics is the only Leaving Cert subject without an option on the paper. As a result you must stay on par with the product covered in class.

41 Weekend research study ideally ought to be used for trying concerns from past papers and also example documents. It is vital to understand the specific set-up of your exam, how many inquiries, the phrasing used, and so on. Time yourself to get utilized to the time restrictions.

42 The task maths noting scheme is rather different from the noting plan used in the past. There are 5 noting scales, with as much as 6 groups per noting range. It’s a great deal much more complicated than the previous system.

43 Begin with your favourite concern. It will certainly aid settle your nerves on examination day. Certainly if you favor a sequential approach, do that.

44 It sounds apparent however get made use of to reading questions meticulously. Make sure you’re not missing any kind of info.

45 It is essential to practice and be comfortable with the essentials before trying the new word problems in maths. These questions need to be read extremely thoroughly. Attempt to recognize the issue. Take a look at the info offered. Write down all the amounts given and what is being sought, ie, converting the English words right into mathematical sentences. Usually there is a formula that connects the data you have with the data you require.

46 Occasionally you think you know a topic, however along comes an inquiry which can be phrased in such a way you have never ever seen prior to. Do not allow this throw you. The more practice you have from tackling various questions, the extra confident you will certainly end up being when you encounter an unusual looking concern.

47 If stuck, don’t look up the service also swiftly. You will typically learn more by tackling it on your own for a while, even if you need to read the remedy ultimately.

48 Show all functions within your solution– do refrain from doing rough-work on a different web page. Don’t make use of Tippex, instead cross out any kind of mistakes with a single line. You might get marks for the work you have deleted, but not if it’s Tippexed. Likewise, if you address an issue using a calculator, write out some or every one of the steps taken. Don’t simply give the solution. This is to ensure you get marks even if you make a slip.

49 Attracting a representation or even a standard illustration can frequently be really handy to begin in dealing with a concern, as well as may gain marks for you.

50 Obtain familiar with your solutions and also tables brochure. It supplies a great deal of useful information. Use it.

Irish

51 Homework is in fact study. It is evaluating on what was taught on that day in the class as well as is generally, straight based on a test inquiry: ie, verse inquiries or a léamhthuiscint or a personality from a prós story.

52 Trainees typically go residence and discover a teacher’s answers on either filiocht or prós off by heart. You don’t need to do this. You need to probably examine exactly how the concern is opened– the framework of the solution– watching on pertinent quotations used.

53 In the filiocht areas, if you can convert the rhyme you have essentially every solution required on the day as all verse will be published on the real exam paper. The only areas that ought to be learned off by heart are the grammatical terms that will be asked concerned 6A in the léamhthuiscint section– terms such as aimsigh and more.

54 Previous examination documents are crucial. They show the design of the actual test and how inquiries might be partitioned in different sections. It is good technique to examine a certain topic and afterwards do out exam inquiries, watching in a timely manner restrictions and sticking rigidly to them.

55 Maintain re-reading the inquiry over and over to ensure you are actually responding to the concern asked. No marks will be awarded for info that is not pertinent. In the filiocht section, if you are asked on style, just on theme and not sensations or emotions.

56 At this phase, you will certainly have completed your simulated exams as well as will certainly have sat through 2 complete papers in Irish. Whatever blunders you may have made, will certainly not be repeated in June. Keep in mind, you will always learn by your blunders. If you ran out of time in Paper 2– a long paper– you will certainly need to adjust the length of time you spend on the different areas.

57 Don’t overlook the value of the dental Irish exam which brings 40 per cent of the total examination mark. Know the picture sequences well as there are 80 marks opting for this section. Practice asking questions. Trainees are usually better at addressing inquiries than asking. Likewise practise checking out the poetry each day– with 35 marks for reviewing a simple 10-12 lines it deserves extra that the entire verse or prose training course.

Languages

Oral test

58Remember that this is a conversation, not an interview. The inspector exists to assist you reach your greatest capacity.

59Marks are awarded for structure, communication, vocabulary and pronunciation, as well as vocabulary is actually exactly how you expression your feedbacks. Do not make use of jargon terms way too much. Rich vocabulary is everything about using a different means to state something.

60 Enunciation is really essential as well as make up 20 percent of the exam Listen to French, German or Spanish radio and also record on your own to excellent your accent.

61Try spending 10-15 mins a day on your oral work. As soon as you have actually learned a subject, practice it out loud on your own. When you are a lot more certain, practise with a buddy or a relative.

Aural test.

62 Ask your instructor to check you on previous aurals from years back as far as the very early 1990s when possible. Listen to your own CDs and also downloads.

63Log on to 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 understand every word, your ear will come to be familiar with it.

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

General language suggestions

65Do not learn off large long essays on every topic. You will get bogged down and also come to be discouraged. Write three factors on each topic and learn about 20 words of vocabulary. Make certain you have decent sentences to begin as well as finish a written item.

66 Do not use Google equate as it converts literally and also does not take context into consideration. Wordreference.com is an exceptional translation website. It will just translate one word at a time, so it can be irritating but there are interesting aid discussion forums on the website.

67Familiarise yourself with the method questions are asked at the end of each reading comprehension.

68 Do not be attracted to discover off point of view items by heart. It is unlikely that the piece that you will have learned will answer the inquiry given up the paper. You will be heavily penalised if you don’t deal with the question, even if the language that you have actually made use of is right. Instead, develop your vocabulary for the various topics on the syllabus and also exercise with past or simulated assessment documents.

69Check out @PetitTweetCork for tweets in French to assist LC trainees in preparation for French examination. @NatashaLynchEF

Biology

70 It is best to invest thirty minutes at once researching biology. Take a brief, five-minute break after 30 minutes and then proceed to the next subject.

71Try to invest regarding four 30 minute sessions weekly devoted to responding to past documents. These could range over the short concerns in section A, the experimental questions in area B and also the long inquiries in section C.

72About 25 per cent of the marks are acquired from understanding your definitions. These ought to be learned off by heart.
73 Between 15 as well as 30 percent of the marks are acquired from the experiments. As there are just 22 experiments, it is feasible to cover one experiment daily over the course of a month. When finding out the experiments you have to understand the steps taken and the factor for taking each step.

74Up to Easter, your study should vary over the entire course. From Easter, concentrate on specific subjects. These are the subjects that show up every year in addition to any kind of topics that are more likely ahead up this year.

Geography

75Know what is involved: time– the geography paper is 2 hours and 50 mins long; structure– 5 full inquiries need to be answered. All inquiries equal 80 marks.

76Plan your research. At the very least 80 per cent of your time will be spent on study so it is important you obtain the skills to study efficiently.

77 Strategy reasonable targets which you can attain in each research session, eg, draw up 15 significant relevant factors (SRPs) on your selected subject.

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

79When you read your notes, select the keywords or phrases which will certainly assist you to keep in mind what the topic has to do with.

80 Make a subject summary by placing the core motif or topic title in the centre after that draw lines from the centre as well as create sub-themes at the end of the lines. Along each line, compose the key words or expressions connected to the sub-theme.

81 Cover all the significant topics. Don’t attempt to anticipate what will certainly be examined. Rather, practise answering evaluation inquiries from previous documents. Time on your own as well as see if you can create an answer while which the exam will allow you.

82Remember that the 30-mark parts of the inquiry must have 15 SRPs

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83 The common key words are: “represent”– explain as well as provide factors; “contrast”– explain resemblances and distinctions; “comparison”– mention the primary differences; “describe”– state the evident; “describe”– write out the bottom lines as well as write an explanation.

Company

84 Invest at least an hour-and-a-half on service alteration every second night. So three or 4 one-and-a-half hrs research study sessions weekly.

85 The applied organization concern (ABQ) is on a five-year cycle, so the ABQs of 2008 and also 2003 will certainly be structured identically to 2013 as well as these ABQs must be practiced first, before any other year.

86 Lengthy inquiry method: 25-mark concerns– spend 10 minutes on them; 20-mark inquiries– spend 8 mins on them. 20-mark inquiries are the most usual and trainees wrongly spend 10 minutes on them, which quickly develops to a lot of two mins’s shed throughout the examination; 15-mark concern– spend six mins.

87 Both most popular verbs are “show” and “assess”. Yet with our above framework we immediately manage these verbs. The instance manage illustrate and also the trainee can make use of the advantage or negative aspect as their individual opinion by placing “in my opinion” ahead or their advantage or downside. This is outstanding as it is a genuine opinion not rote learned from a textbook.

Also attempt utilizing some mobile apps to assist yyou stay cooncetrated.

Applications to aid focus
The best focus applications can aid you enter the right mental zone for absorbing details. This classification looks at applications that keep you from getting distracted (e.g. with white noise or by blocking other apps).

1. Forest
Woodland App
A few of us require a little exterior motivation to stay concentrated while studying. And that’s fine.

The Forest app provides an aesthetic motivation by allowing you plant a digital tree and afterwards generally holding that tree captive till your research session mores than.

But if you stick to your focus time, you’ll delight in viewing your trees prosper. Over several research sessions, you can develop a wonderful digital forest– a pleasurable tip of all your efficient hrs.

Bonus offer: The Woodland app is a companion of Trees for the Future. This organisation plants genuine trees in behalf of the online ones that pro individuals expand (over 1 million trees as well as counting). So, using this application to obstruct various other applications while researching can help the atmosphere as well as your qualities. Tolerable in all.

Offered on: iphone, Android, Chrome
Typical score: 4.8/ 5 on Application Store, 4.8/ 5 on Google Play
Expense: $2.99 on App Shop, Free (with ads) on Google Play– in-app purchases readily available on all devices
2. Flexibility
Flexibility application to obstruct apps while researching
Liberty is an app that locks your phone while studying (or any other time you need to concentrate). Flag the apps and/or internet sites that sidetrack you, and Liberty will block them– terrific if the self-motivated apps like Forest don’t quite suffice for you. You can set a scheduled session ahead of time or start some ‘Liberty time’ whenever you require it.

Freedom blocks time-wasting apps as well as sites across all your gadgets, so your iPad will not lure you away while you’re studying on your MacBook.

Available on: iphone, Android, Mac, Windows, Chrome
Average rating: 3.2/ 5 on App Store, 3.9/ 5 on Google Play
Expense: Free for basic attributes, costs subscription available ($ 30/year).
Keep in mind: Please examine your institution’s plan before downloading this or any kind of application to your college computer system.

3. White Noise Lite.
White Noise app to help concentration.
Silence can be deafening when you’re attempting to concentrate, but your favorite tunes may not help so much either. There’s nothing rather like finishing an essential note only to know you began composing lyrics halfway through the sentence (many thanks a whole lot, Billie).

A little white noise can aid you concentrate without attracting too much attention to itself. The White Noise Lite application allows you construct personalized soundscapes to suit your preferences with a large range of sounds including coastline waves, breezes, camp fires, chimes, rain, running water as well as also a hoover (hi, if that’s what obtains you in the mood for research study, you do you).

So by now you have an excaustive listing of pointers and also some mobile apps on what to do to prosper in college entrance examinations (πανελληνιες 2022) and also to prosper in any type of kind of examinations like for a work in the public industry (ασεπ). Research study, strive as well as do well otherwise you will count on state allocations (οπεκα) which are very reduced.