Exam year for all third years is here. It’s a stressful time for everyone but with 12 tips from a student that has just received their junior cert results, you’re guaranteed to find the year a little bit easier.
Tip 1) Know your learning style ~ it’s important to know how you study and what works best for you, this way you have the best opportunity to do well in your exams.
Tip 2 ) Make a study plan at the start of the year ~ This will make your day look a lot more organised and it will give you an idea of how your studying is going and what you need to revise when coming up to your exams .
Tip 3) USE YOUR EXAM PAPERS! ~ This is the most efficient way to study for the upcoming exams. In most cases, past questions are repeated most of the years in the likes of science and English so most likely you’ll find a repeated or similar question somewhere in your papers.
Tip 4) Limit distractions ~ Keep socialising and spending time with friends as it’s important to have a balance between studying and your social life, but, a few months prior to June limit the amount of time you are going out and designate certain days/time for study. When you’re studying make sure all electronic devices are shut off or on silent as these can distract you easily.
Tip 5) Keep on top of your homework ~ Keeping on top of your homework and doing it to a high standard for every class is a guarantee that you’re going to find studying and revising so much easier.
Tip 6) Use Studyclix ! ~ Making an account on studyclix is free and you’ve access to all past exam papers and sample questions. If you pay for the premium version of studyclix you then get full access to the app and can use the likes of past mock papers. There is also a comment tool that allows you and other students that are preparing for their exams to interact with each other, ask questions and exchange notes.
Tip 7) Use your local library ~ Personally, I found going to my local library very helpful for study as it is a very calm setting surrounded by other students. Going with friends if you rather not study alone is another option.
Tip 8) When sitting your exams, leave the school on your breaks ~ After each exam is completed, you are given usually around 1hr 30mins – 2hrs break time. Do not stay in the school and do not cram in that break time! It’s a break for a reason so give yourself an opportunity to go home and relax for a while or go on a walk to the shop with your friends. Revising is fine but don’t overdo it. You’ll remember more if you revise smaller sections properly instead of half revising the whole course.
Tip 9) Bring a spare calculator to your maths/business exams ~ From personal experience, bring a spare calculator just in case. Saves you the embarrassment of banging it off the table :/
Tip 10) Leave NOTHING blank ~ Even if you have no clue what the answer is, put something down. You’ve a better chance of getting attempt marks for any answer compared to no answer at all. Remember, the examiners are trying to award you marks, not dock them.
Tip 11) Cramming works, but not at night ~ If you’re going to cram, start at least a week or two before the actual exams. Cramming works to some extent but not studying the whole junior cycle course the night before your exam. You should have at least 7-8 hrs sleep to be able to perform well in your exams. I made the mistake of pulling an all-nighter the night before my last exam and it reflected in my results I got in September.
Tip 12) Don’t Stress!! ~ This is the most important one. At the end of the day their only exams and they’re not going to determine the rest of your life. It’s good to do well in them but of you don’t just use it as a motivation to do better in your exams in the future.
Best of luck to all third years sitting their exams this year!
By Leah (Rang Tara)