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Wednesday 1 October 2014

To repeat or not to repeat? Only the student can answer

Published 13/08/2014 | 12:00

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Many students are reluctant to give up their dream of a place at university
Many students are reluctant to give up their dream of a place at university

THOUSANDS of students weighing up their results and options today will be asking themselves whether they could have done any better, and whether they should go back and do it again.

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Many do decide to give the exams another try, in the hope of scoring higher grades, and points, and because they feel they have a bit more to give.

It is a very personal decision and one that should be taken only after careful consideration and advice, preferably from a guidance counsellor.

Having the motivation to improve performance is key to such a decision and the benefits can be very significant for those feel they can bo better. Many schools report average points improvements of 100.

Repeating can certainly be a better option than pursuing the wrong college course , while some students may simply need the extra year to decide what they want to do.

Betty McLaughlin, president of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors (IGC), said there are students who would rather face it all again to get that course of their dreams than have regrets, but cautioned that there is no guarantee that going back will lead to higher grades. .

"Some students will realistically know they didn't do well because they just didn't put in the work. However, there is no point in repeating if the attitude to work remains the same. The year has to be one of hard work and commitment to specific grade aims".

A number of schools and private colleges offer dedicated repeat years, where classes tend to be small and where students are treated as second-level-plus.

Around the country, schools in the Education and Training Boards (ETB) sector, formerly the VECs, are a good bet , while others with dedicated repeat classes include CBS Colaiste Mhuire, Mullingar and St. Aloysius, Athlone, Co Westmeath.

In the Dublin ETB area, repeat classes are offered in Plunket College, Whitehall; Pearse College, Crumlin; Rathmines College and Ringsend College.

Other Dublin schools with a strong track record in repeat classes are, on the northside, O'Connell's, North Richmond Street, close to the city centre, St Joseph's, Marino, and , on the southside, Marian College, Ballsbridge.

St Laurence College, Loughlinstown, south Dublin is also well known for its "seventh year".

Private colleges such as Yeats in Galway and Waterford, the Institute of Education, Dublin, Ashfield College, Templeogue, Dublin, Hewitt College, Cork and Limerick Tutorial College are also popular choices, although fees are payable.

Irish Independent

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