Sunday 23 November 2014

Useful tips from straight-A students

Published 29/01/2014 | 02:30

* Schedule your revision. Set aside time for studying all the subjects and not just those at the start.

 

* Avoid finding out about what's on the paper. Remember it's a learning exercise and the purpose is not to impress teachers and parents, but to discover your strengths and weaknesses. So make it genuine.

 

* Go over topics that you covered in fifth year. It may be more than a year since you looked at them.

* You can learn from the mocks how important it is to get the timing right during exams. Plan how you answer questions, so you don't run out of time.

 

* It may be a good idea to study with a friend, because it can help to get you started. However, a larger group can lead to distractions.

 

* Study past papers closely and what marks are given. Try questions from sample papers in the time you would have in an exam.

* Analyse the questions closely. Make sure your answers are relevant to the question.

 

* Scrutinise the marking schemes on the State Examination Commission's website (examinations.ie). It helps give you an idea what examiners are looking for in an exam answer.

 

* Learn from your mistakes and don't be disheartened by them. Analyse your grades and focus on those topics that need to be improved.

Irish Independent

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