100 top tips for examination success and some mobile applications. Read, use and also do well.

What should you be doing now if you want to succeed in the June exams and also in exams generally?
Suggestions from those that’ve been there

1 Just research, do not postpone. #RepeatAdvice @SueBo_

2 Put away the laptop computer. Obtain your moms and dads to conceal the battery so you will not be lured. @paddykell

3 Create a practical timetable. Short, regular research study sessions. You require to be doing greater than your homework.

4 Organise on your own. It’s never too late. Clear notes, clean folders. Do not anxiety on your own out. @Orlaith_Farrell

5 Do not prioritise any type of one topic. All subjects need to get equal time. Permit two hours each weekend break for each and every topic as well as around 30-40 minutes per night for examining what was covered on that day in the classroom.

6 Publish chief examiners’ records for your subjects. They offer sample answers which you can use as a guide for answering style. #studytips, @NatashaLynchEF

7 Just how much time do you spend on the web? Half-an-hour in the early morning, an hour in the evening? All of it accumulates. 2 hours a day is 14 per week, 56 each month. Envision if you were to invest simply half of that changing.

8 Less late evenings. The worst point you can do at the weekend breaks is invest the whole night up, and the entire day in bed. Attempt to get to bed by 1am at the most recent on weekends, as well as stand up early.

9 Split up collaborate with a pal, after that assemble, copy each other’s notes, teach each other what you found out. #studybuddy, @NatashaLynchEF

10 Reviewing a publication isn’t studying– it’s reading a book. Set a target: “I will certainly modify this topic for 45 mins”. Make note as you go. Do away with guides. Do an examination inquiry. Now that’s study.

11 Get acquainted with the format of the exam paper. Some papers are difficult as well as complex instructions might throw you on the day.

12 Don’t reduce a lot of edges. Each year trainees emerge devastated because they paid attention to rumours about what was showing up. The reality is anything can come up. The papers are made to be uncertain.

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13 Record your alteration notes on a dictaphone, download onto your phone, revise on the move. #studytips, @NatashaLynchEF

14 Understand what you’re examining– or at least try. Rephrase in your very own words when possible. Trainees who succeed in exams do not just vomit up realities, they demonstrate actual understanding.

15 Maintain the CAO in mind. Students have a tendency to forget what they put down on their CAO forms in the thrill to research for the Leaving Cert. It’s no damage to maintain considering what program you want to do, and maintain researching different areas. @paddykell

16 Don’t talk about what research study you’re doing and do not listen to other people concerning what they’re doing. Lots of individuals exist regarding what they’re doing or not doing. The naturally great good friend that not did anything yet in some way handled a B1 in the mocks is most likely informing fibs concerning how difficult they’re working.

17Eat! Gruel can be flawlessly edible with some small modifications. Some fast ones consist of putting chocolate chips, bananas, peanut butter, or even molasses and also strawberries on it. It takes the notion of inedible slop away and keeps you going all early morning. @ClareReidy1

18 My friends and I started our very own nerdy trend of soaking Nature Valley bars into yogurt pots, which I recognize sounds revolting to some people, yet it obtained us with. @ClareReidy1

19 Have something to divert your focus: being solely focused on a few days in June at this stage will fry your brain.

20 Exercise. Do not research any kind of later than 10pm, as well as if you can locate the energy, go for a walk. It launches endorphins in your mind that make you really feel great concerning yourself, as well as it removes your head after hrs of researching. @paddykell

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

22 Keep the exams in point of view. None of the following things will be dictated by how you perform in the Leaving Cert: where you live, that you marry, just how typically you wed, the number of icecreams you consume in your lifetime; your general health and also health; the number of stones that work their means right into your footwear leading to you consistently hopping about 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 totally unseen until you open the paper. That does not indicate you can not examine for the test. You are finding out skills instead of rote-learning information.

24 Read, reviewed, review. If you do not review extensively, you’ll never ever become an excellent writer.

25 Learn quotes from your texts. Videotape them onto your mobile phone or iPod and also pay attention en route into institution.

26 Do not discover essays off by heart. If you’re writing a narrative, have some examples of characterisation as well as setting prepared to adjust to your title. Innovative composing requirements to be brilliant and enjoyable. Show, do not inform. The reader needs to have specific views, appears as well as smells in their minds-eye as they read your writing.

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

28 Judging a personality is facility: analyze what they say, what they do, just how they look, what they believe and really feel as well as other people’s opinions of them. Do not take them at their word– characters usually lie, to themselves and also others.

29Learn to spell words character. There’s just one “h” and also it goes to the beginning.

30Structure your responses. Stream-of-consciousness design solutions rarely attain a good quality, specifically if you get stuck discovering one point in excessive information.

31 Essays on studied texts have to use a formal style. Points must be supported with pertinent and precise quotes.

32 Know your solitary message effectively, inside out. Whether you’re using recommendation or quote to support your response, you require to recognize the message thoroughly.

33 In the relative research, you should ask on your own “what’s this message all about?”. When you make a listing with that going to all three texts, you can much more plainly see what they share. You then need to locate key moments in each to sustain your contrasts. As well as you need to be comparing them all the time.

34 You have concerning an hour per section in the examination. Lots of people will compose in between seven and 10 paragraphs. Time on your own and compose three paragraphs in 20 mins for a bit of bite-sized prep work if you’re pressed for time.

35 Do not listen to the verse tips. Prepare your preferred poets well and also you will certainly be rewarded. The even more you need to state regarding a poet’s work the far better, so have a sight which you can support by referencing the poet’s job.


36 Practising past examination documents is an extremely integral part of establishing excellent exam method. Beginning currently if you have not already.

37 You must understand the evidence and also theses and also the explanation of the vocabulary made use of.

38 Usage the main noting systems. They commonly reveal more than one acceptable technique of fixing an inquiry. The noting systems likewise show you just how marks were allocated by the inspectors across all parts of all concerns in previous exams, but there’s no actual requirement for you to evaluate this. It is not possible to predict the allotment of marks within an inquiry– the allocation can differ widely and in unforeseen methods.

39 Expect you choose to give five hrs a week to maths, a practical quantity at this stage of the year. Damage this up into 5 35 minutes ports each week-night offering you just about 2 hours at weekend.

40 Maths is the only Leaving Cert subject without an option on the paper. For that reason you must keep up with the product covered in course.

41 Weekend research preferably must be utilized for trying concerns from past documents as well as example papers. It is vital to understand the precise set up of your exam, how many questions, the phrasing utilized, etc. Time on your own to obtain made use of to the moment restrictions.

42 The job mathematics marking plan is fairly various from the marking system made use of in the past. There are five noting ranges, with up to six categories per noting scale. It’s a lot much more complicated than the previous system.

43 Begin with your preferred concern. It will certainly aid resolve your nerves on test day. Of course if you favor a sequential approach, do that.

44 It sounds evident but obtain utilized to reviewing concerns thoroughly. Make certain you’re not missing any information.

45 It is important to practise as well as fit with the fundamentals prior to trying the new word issues in mathematics. These concerns need to be read very carefully. Try to recognize the trouble. Consider the details offered. Jot down all the amounts offered and also what is being sought, ie, equating the English words right into mathematical sentences. Commonly there is an equation that connects the information you have with the data you need.

46 In some cases you assume you recognize a subject, but along comes an inquiry which can be phrased in such a way you have never ever seen prior to. Don’t allow this toss you. The even more practice you have from taking on various questions, the a lot more certain you will certainly come to be when you face an odd looking inquiry.

47 If stuck, do not seek out the service too promptly. You will usually discover more by tackling it on your own for some time, even if you have to read the option in the end.

48 Program all operations within your solution– do not do rough-work on a separate web page. Don’t use Tippex, rather cross out any errors with a single line. You may get marks for the job you have actually erased, yet not if it’s Tippexed. Additionally, if you resolve an issue using a calculator, write out some or every one of the steps taken. Don’t just give the answer. This is to guarantee you obtain marks even if you make a slip.

49 Attracting a diagram or even a basic sketch can typically be really valuable to begin in taking on a concern, and also might gain marks for you.

50 Get acquainted with your solutions and also tables brochure. It provides a great deal of valuable details. Use it.


51 Research is really study. It is evaluating on what was taught on that day in the class as well as is usually, straight based upon an exam concern: ie, poetry questions or a léamhthuiscint or a personality from a prós tale.

52 Trainees typically go house and also learn an instructor’s answers on either filiocht or prós off by heart. You do not require to do this. You ought to probably study exactly how the concern is opened– the structure of the answer– keeping an eye on appropriate quotes used.

53 In the filiocht areas, if you can equate the rhyme you have practically every answer required on the day as all verse will certainly be printed on the real exam paper. The only areas that ought to be found out off by heart are the grammatic terms that will certainly be asked concerned 6A in the léamhthuiscint section– terms such as aimsigh and so forth.

54 Previous test documents are vital. They reveal the design of the actual exam and how inquiries may be partitioned in various sections. It is good practice to examine a particular topic and then do out test inquiries, watching in a timely manner constraints and sticking strictly to them.

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

56 At this phase, you will have completed your mock tests and will certainly have sat through two complete papers in Irish. Whatever blunders you may have made, will not be repeated in June. Bear in mind, you will certainly constantly find out by your errors. If you lacked time in Paper 2– a long paper– you will require to readjust the size of time you invest in the numerous areas.

57 Do not overlook the value of the oral Irish assessment which brings 40 percent of the total examination mark. Know the picture series well as there are 80 marks opting for this area. Practice asking inquiries. Students are typically much better at addressing concerns than asking. Also practise checking out the verse daily– with 35 marks for checking out a mere 10-12 lines it is worth a lot more that the whole verse or prose program.


Oral test

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

59Marks are awarded for framework, communication, vocabulary and enunciation, as well as vocabulary is really exactly how you expression your responses. Don’t use slang terms too much. Rich vocabulary is all about using a different way to state something.

60 Enunciation is very essential and represent 20 percent of the examination Pay attention to French, German or Spanish radio as well as document yourself to best your accent.

61Try investing 10-15 mins a day on your dental work. As soon as you have learned a subject, technique it out loud by yourself. When you are more positive, practise with a buddy or a loved one.

Aural exam.

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

63Log on Google.fr for French, Google.de for German or Google.es for Spanish and also search YouTube for clips in your picked language. Even if you do not understand every word, your ear will certainly end up being familiar with it.

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

General language advice

65Do not find out off big lengthy essays on every subject. You will get bogged down and come to be discouraged. Write 3 factors on each subject and discover 20 words of vocabulary. Ensure you have good sentences to start as well as finish a composed item.

66 Don’t use Google translate as it equates essentially as well as does not take context into factor to consider. Wordreference.com is an exceptional translation site. It will only convert one word at a time, so it can be frustrating yet there are interesting aid forums on the website.

67Familiarise yourself with the method inquiries are asked at the end of each analysis understanding.

68 Do not be attracted to learn off opinion items by heart. It is not likely that the item that you will certainly have discovered will certainly address the inquiry given up the paper. You will be greatly punished if you do not deal with the concern, even if the language that you have made use of is appropriate. Instead, build up your vocabulary for the various subjects on the syllabus and practice with past or mock evaluation documents.

69Check out @PetitTweetCork for tweets in French to assist LC students in preparation for French exam. @NatashaLynchEF


70 It is best to spend 30 minutes at one time studying biology. Take a brief, five-minute break after 30 minutes and afterwards go on to the next subject.

71Try to invest about four thirty minutes sessions weekly devoted to answering past documents. These might vary over the short inquiries in area A, the experimental questions in section B and the long questions in area C.

72About 25 per cent of the marks are gotten from understanding your definitions. These need to be found out off by heart.
73 In between 15 and 30 percent of the marks are gained from the experiments. As there are only 22 experiments, it is feasible to cover one experiment per day throughout a month. When learning the experiments you have to understand the steps taken and the reason for taking each step.

74Up to Easter, your research must range over the whole program. From Easter, concentrate on certain topics. These are the subjects that show up every year along with any kind of topics that are more probable to come up this year.


75Know what is entailed: time– the location paper is two hours and also 50 minutes long; structure– 5 full questions need to be answered. All concerns equal 80 marks.

76Plan your research. At least 80 per cent of your time will be spent on study so it is vital you acquire the skills to examine properly.

77 Strategy reasonable targets which you can achieve in each study session, eg, write out 15 substantial appropriate points (SRPs) on your chosen subject.

78Focus on subjects that are examined every year. These include: core unit 1– landform growth; plate tectonics; human communication; core unit 2– economic activities in an Irish area; financial tasks in a European region; financial activities in a continental/sub-continental region; economic elective– influence of EU plans on Ireland; international firms.

79When you read your notes, pick the keywords or expressions which will certainly help you to bear in mind what the subject is about.

80 Make a subject recap by positioning the core theme or subject title in the centre after that attract lines from the centre as well as create sub-themes at the end of the lines. Along each line, create the keywords or expressions linked to the sub-theme.

81 Cover all the major topics. Do not attempt to forecast what will be taken a look at. Rather, practise answering assessment concerns from past papers. Time on your own and also see if you can write a solution while which the exam will permit you.

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


83 The usual key words are: “represent”– describe and also give reasons; “contrast”– point out similarities and also distinctions; “contrast”– explain the major differences; “define”– state the noticeable; “clarify”– draw up the bottom lines and compose an explanation.


84Spend a minimum of an hour-and-a-half on business modification every second evening. So three or 4 one-and-a-half hours study sessions each week.

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

86 Long question technique: 25-mark concerns– invest 10 minutes on them; 20-mark questions– invest 8 mins on them. 20-mark inquiries are one of the most usual and trainees erroneously spend 10 minutes on them, which quickly builds up to a great deal of 2 mins’s lost throughout the exam; 15-mark question– spend 6 mins.

87The 2 most popular verbs are “show” as well as “review”. Yet with our above structure we immediately deal with these verbs. The example take care of highlight and the pupil can use the benefit or downside as their personal viewpoint by putting “in my viewpoint” in front or their benefit or negative aspect. This is exceptional as it is an authentic opinion not rote learned from a book.

88 ABQ– you have 45 minutes to answer this section. It is vital to practice it as it takes most trainees over an hour to do this concern. Yet after five or six ABQs the rate normally creates. If you do not practice the ABQ, you will certainly not get it carried out in under a hr in the Leaving Cert– significant mistake.You needs to be doing at least one ABQ weekly from currently up until the test.

89 The lengthy concern can commonly consist of one sentence, yet there are two parts to be handled to correctly address the question. The lengthy inquiry might additionally have a short story as an introduction, if so students have to describe the narrative in their solution or marks will be lost.


90By now you need to be finished, or nearing the conclusion of your special research. Look over the needs for length, sources and also background information, as well as bear in mind somebody will certainly be reading 300 of these over a number of weeks in the summer season, so make it remarkable.

91 Every subject will certainly have details that are essential eg, terms such as fascism, sectarianism, ecumenism. See to it you know crucial days and what order events occurred. It’s like telling a story. Do not exclude the vital bits and also it’s not extremely interesting if you inform it in the wrong order.

92 Do not think of finding out off essays. It would certainly be great if you obtain the specific wording in your examination inquiries but it’s not likely to happen, so consider moveable information that you can utilize to address any kind of inquiry. Practise composing a factor per paragraph; keep in mind the answer is significant mainly paragraph by paragraph and if your work is arranged and thoughtful, you’ll succeed.

93 Bear in mind, honours history is not about writing all you understand about a topic. It has to do with discovering to make web links to the concern you are addressing with the information you understand. For instance, a concern on the aspects that resulted in the growth of fascism is not create all you know about fascism: you should separate what caused its increase such as instability after the second World War, the economic circumstance, hazard of communism etc 94Look at your files: several pupils concern this inquiry as a procedure but recognizing the subject, and just how to manage written as well as visual sources can be worth an added quality.

95Don’ t neglect to change your required case studies. There are only 3, so see to it you know enough to compose a mini-essay of two-and-a fifty percent web pages in order to address the contextualisation part of the concern.

Home Economics

96The home economics course is significant. Simplify. Have a schedule, as well as take it eventually or week at a time.

97Do three or 4 short questions every evening. Every one deserves six marks– that’s 1.5 per cent of your total mark. Use your textbook to answer them, so you build up a financial institution of exact info in your head.

98 Practice question 1 (a) in area B. You will have to analyse a graph or a chart in this inquiry. It does not show up in any type of textbook. You require to be knowledgeable about it.

99 Read one test inquiry each evening. Highlight vital terms. What is being asked? Consider the noting scheme. How are marks distributed? Several trainees have the best details but lose marks because they don’t recognize their marking system.

100Know all the topics in your elective. Part (a) is obligatory. If you reduced corners, you may get caught out.

Additionally attempt using some mobile apps to aid yyou remain cooncetrated.

Apps to assist focus
The best concentration apps can assist you enter into the best psychological area for taking in info. This classification takes a look at apps that keep you from getting sidetracked (e.g. with white noise or by blocking various other applications).

  1. Forest
    Forest App
    Some of us need a little exterior motivation to stay focused while researching. And that’s penalty.

The Woodland app supplies an aesthetic motivation by letting you grow a digital tree and afterwards primarily holding that tree hostage till your study session is over.

Want to check your Instagram momentarily? Lured to do a fast online shop in between textbook chapters? Go on. You’ll just have to come to tranquility with viewing your tree wither and pass away first.

But if you adhere to your emphasis time, you’ll take pleasure in viewing your trees prosper. Over a number of study sessions, you can construct a delightful electronic forest– a pleasurable tip of all your productive hrs.

Reward: 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 checking). So, utilizing this application to obstruct various other apps while examining can help the setting in addition to your grades. Tolerable at all.

Available on: iphone, Android, Chrome
Ordinary rating: 4.8/ 5 on App Shop, 4.8/ 5 on Google Play
Expense: $2.99 on App Shop, Free (with advertisements) on Google Play– in-app acquisitions readily available on all devices

  1. Freedom
    Freedom application to block applications while examining
    Freedom is an application that secures your phone while researching (or any other time you require to concentrate). Flag the application and/or sites that sidetrack you, and also Liberty will certainly obstruct them– fantastic if the self-motivated applications like Forest don’t fairly cut it for you. You can set a scheduled session ahead of time or begin some ‘Flexibility time’ whenever you require it.

Liberty blocks time-wasting applications and also sites across all your gadgets, so your iPad will not attract you away while you’re examining on your MacBook.

Did you understand? A lot of smart devices have integrated tools for tracking screen time and establishing restrictions. They may not be as fancy as Woodland and also Freedom, yet they can get the job done in a pinch. Look for ‘Screen Time’ (iOS) or ‘Digital Well-being’ (Android) to explore your alternatives.

Readily available on: iphone, Android, Mac, Windows, Chrome
Average ranking: 3.2/ 5 on App Shop, 3.9/ 5 on Google Play
Expense: Free for standard attributes, premium membership offered ($ 30/year).
Keep in mind: Please examine your school’s policy before downloading this or any type of application to your college computer.

  1. White Noise Lite.
    White Noise app to assist focus.
    Silence can be deafening when you’re trying to concentrate, however your favorite songs might not aid a lot either. There’s nothing rather like ending up an essential note only to understand you began creating lyrics halfway with the sentence (thanks a whole lot, Billie).

A bit of white noise can aid you concentrate without attracting way too much focus to itself. The White Noise Lite application allows you build custom soundscapes to match your preferences with a large range of noises consisting of coastline waves, breezes, camp fires, chimes, rain, running water and even a vacuum cleaner (hello, if that’s what obtains you in the state of mind for research study, you do you).

Evacuating the books for the evening? Switch from your researching mix to your snoozing mix for a peaceful rest.

Available on: iphone, Android, Mac, Windows, Chrome.
Average rating: 4.7/ 5 on Application Store, 4.6/ 5 on Google Play.
Expense: Free for lite variation, $1.49 for full variation (no ads).
Keep in mind: Please inspect your school’s plan prior to downloading this or any kind of application to your institution computer system.
Productivity applications for trainees.
Alright, so you’ve obtained diversions off the beaten track and also some history seems on loop. Currently let’s speak about some good applications for students that will assist you obtain one of the most out of your research time. The next 2 research study apps assist you arrange your routine and remain on top of jobs so you can achieve more and pack much less.

  1. Todoist.
    Todoist application.
    Todoist can arrange your school topics, assignment target dates, research and … practically your whole life, if you desire it to. This is one of the most effective apps for students since it maintains your schoolwork on the right track while additionally holding you liable.

The Todoist application provides useful attributes including:.

repeating due days (excellent for weekly research).
fast add (add brand-new projects and also tasks on the move).
favourites and concerns (flag the subjects you require to concentrate on).
sections and subtasks (divide daunting tasks right into little, simple steps).
integrations with various other applications (e.g. Google Calendar and also Dropbox).
With all your tasks and due dates maintained neatly in Todoist– rather than drifting about in your head– you’ll be complimentary to concentrate on your research studies.

Available on: iOS, Android, Mac, Windows.
Ordinary ranking: 4.7/ 5 on App Shop, 4.5/ 5 on Google Play.
Cost: Free for fundamental, $4.99/ year for premium (added attributes, no advertisements).
Keep in mind: Please inspect your institution’s plan prior to downloading this or any kind of application to your school computer system.

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