Kerry footballer on the ball with his exam advice
Published 02/06/2010 | 05:00
Kerry footballer Marc O'Shea teaches Irish at Tralee CBS. At a new website esbexampass.ie he offers advice on how to combine the pressures of the Leaving Cert with sport.
"I was a county minor in the build up to my Leaving Certificate. I was a decent enough student but I had to organise my time well.
"It is important that players balance their study needs with their GAA training. The last thing a player needs is to do very little training during the exams. If my body was in good physical condition then my mind would not be too far behind. It is imperative to study long hours, but I also feel that other parts of your life can not be ignored.
"Good eating habits are essential. You should eat well before exams.
"I would always have a bowl of porridge, two slices of toast, a boiled egg and some juice the morning of my exams. This would give me the necessary energy for the morning. A good quality lunch high in protein and carbohydrates should get you through the afternoon.
"Make sure you bring some water with you into the exam hall.
"Modern training methods put a lot of focus on breathing correctly during training sessions. Short chest breaths can starve the brain of oxygen.
"We are all told to take deep breaths to recover quicker after a flat out 400 metre sprint. I've found that breathing naturally and slowly helps me to stay focused. It might be a good way to relax before starting an exam.