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Anxious wait ends for Leaving Cert students

David Tucker

Published 13/08/2013 | 05:42

The day will be joyous for many, but results can cause a great deal of anxiety.

AN ANXIOUS wait for thousands of parents and teenagers will end tomorrow (Wednesday, August 14) when the results of the 2013 Leaving Certificate examinations are announced.

AN ANXIOUS wait for thousands of parents and teenagers will end tomorrow (Wednesday, August 14) when the results of the 2013 Leaving Certificate examinations are announced.

A total of 1,737 Wexford pupils took the exams in June, out of a national total of 53,000.

This year, more Wexford youngsters sat Junior Certificate than the Leaving Cert papers but the 2,083 junior cycle students will not get their results until September 14.

Meanwhile, Griffith College has some advice for parents dealing with their Leaving Cert students ahead of the big day.

While the day can be a joyous one for many, exam results can cause a great deal of anxiety for parents and students and it is advisable to prepare for best case and worst case scenarios.

'It is important for parents to take time ahead of this important day to prepare for all eventualities so that their children feel supported and the correct course of action is taken to ultimately secure a college place,' said Richard Murphy, schools liaison officer for the college.

• Parents and students should sit down in advance of the results to talk about their options. Even the most laid back students will be feeling stressed in the lead-up to receiving their results so it is up to parents to remind them that the exam results will be just one chapter in their lives, regardless of the outcome.

• Exams are important though they are one milestone in a much longer path to success. Steven Spielberg, Albert Einstein, Jane Austen are just some names who didn't succeed in exams first time around.

• It is up to parents and students to prepare a plan B in advance; discuss the options available if points aren't achieved and decide on what the best course of action will be.

• It is also important to remember that the CAO re-opens applications during August and September for college places that haven't been filled with their Available Places utility. I would highly recommend that parents or applicants check out this list online regardless of whether they have been offered a place, as new courses that were not available at the time of deadline, might now be open for application.

• Parents should remind students to be sensitive when discussing results with friends. While they may not have achieved points as high as they would have liked, these could be a far cry from what their peers achieved.

Meanwhile, the National Parents Council Post Primary (NPCpp) has launched Exam Helpline 2013 which will offer advice, information and support to Leaving Certificate.

The helpline is open from 8 am on Wednesday to take calls from students, parents and teachers looking for advice and information on what choices are available to students.

The helpline is sponsored by eircom and the Irish Independent, supported by the Department of Education and Skills and staffed by members of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors. The helpline received over 4,000 calls last year. Those seeking advice, information or reassurance can contact the helpline on 1800 265 165 which will be manned by experienced guidance counsellors.

All queries on 3rd level courses, the points system, rechecks, repeats, CAO procedures, apprenticeships and further training options will be dealt with in professional and confidential manner.

Wexford People

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