Monday 17 June 2019

Elaine Murphy: 'I wasn't going to allow some 30-mark question about a poem I hate put me off my whole exam'

 

All smiles: At Villiers School in Limerick were Martha Flynn, Mariana Birdthistle, Harry McGrogan and Orlaith Taylor. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22
All smiles: At Villiers School in Limerick were Martha Flynn, Mariana Birdthistle, Harry McGrogan and Orlaith Taylor. Photo: Liam Burke/Press 22

Elaine Murphy - Exam Diary

Finally, Irish is over and done with! I'll never have to look at another Irish essay again and I'm over the moon about it.

Never having to speak, hear or read a word of Irish again is a source of great comfort for me and I'm sure many others too.

Now, if you're anything like me you got a little bit of a shock when you opened the poetry section of the paper. I, along with so many others, focussed purely on the predictions for Irish and so was fairly surprised when 'Mo Ghrá-sa' didn't appear.

To make matters worse, what did turn up had to be one of the poems I hated with every essence of my being - 'An tEarrach Thiar'. However, I wasn't going to let some 30-mark poetry question put me off my whole exam, so I carried on and just left it until the end.

Everything else seemed to go smoothly, especially that 'An Triail' question, that was gorgeous.

An early finish yesterday left me a lot of time to cram in all of my last-minute history study for today. I can't wait to get all of the essays I have floating around in my head onto paper.

Elaine Murphy is a student at Donabate Community College, Co Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren
Elaine Murphy is a student at Donabate Community College, Co Dublin. Photo: Mark Condren

I am not too stressed about the history paper, mainly because we have already done our research study report (RSR) project and it is worth 20pc of the overall grade.

The project, in my opinion, relieves a lot of stress going into the exam, as students can reassure themselves that they've already secured some sort of grade before they've written a single word in the answer book. I think that all students should walk into an exam with a few percent, it just takes away some of the anxiety around the actual paper.

So let's hope last night's cramming worked and my strongest topics come up. If not, I'll have to hope the RSR got me enough marks to make up the damage.

Elaine Murphy is a student at Donabate Community College, Co Dublin

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