Exam pupils advised to keep calm, be organised
BE positive, organised and relaxed. That's the advice being given to almost 117,000 Leaving Cert and Junior Cert candidates starting exams next week.
The Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) said students should remember it was an opportunity to show what they knew, rather than tests of what they didn't know.
The psychologists said students should establish control over the exam situation in a variety of ways, such as ignoring what other candidates did.
"For example, do not look around you in the exam hall where papers are handed out and do not pay attention to students who request extra paper from supervisors. Many hand-raisers write on only one side of a page or, perhaps, skip every second line of their answer book."
The PSI said while the night before an exam could be worrying, students could use it to prepare themselves, including making sure they knew the time and exact location of the exam.
Other tips include laying out clothes the night before, and resisting the temptation to study late.
Avoid fizzy drinks or those that contain caffeine for four hours prior to going to bed and don't have heavy meals within three hours of bedtime.