Thursday 24 October 2019

'I pretend to be the teacher' - students give their tips on surviving the slog!

Sam McGinty, Head Boy at Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny
Sam McGinty, Head Boy at Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

With one week to go until the Leaving Cert exams begin, students share their study tips for last minute revision.

Eilís Cusack, Head Girl of Loreto Convent Letterkenny

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Eilís Cusack, Head Girl of Loreto Convent Letterkenny
 

“I find creating study cards is the best approach for me. Once they’re compiled, I'll start reading them aloud repeatedly till they stick in my head and stay there. I also found creating posters and mind maps for my walls a huge help.

“Every little while I'll take a break, go for a walk around my house to waken up, grab some tea and back I go! Then around 9/10 at night, I'll down tools and relax!”

Ayrton Kelly, Head Boy at St.Eunan’s College Letterkenny

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Ayrton Kelly, Head Boy at St.Eunan’s College Letterkenny
 

“At the minute I find myself using mind maps to revise poetry, but I've gone the whole nine yards. I've used flash cards, simplified/bullet pointed notes, exam papers, a definition game (it's like memory cards with a definition on one side and the word on the other, I self test and if it's wrong place it back and if it's right put it aside), I've gone through a good six or seven highlighters this year.

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Ayrton Kelly from St Eunan's College, Letterkenny makes mind maps for poetry. Photo: Ayrton Kelly

“Two weeks to go to the Leaving Cert and I still don't know what's best for me, but I definitely think that I have to have a pen in my hand. Just reading might work for some lucky people but I'm not one of them.”

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Some of Ayrton Kelly's definition cards.

Orla King, St Mary's HFC in Glasnevin

“I usually try and study three subjects a night and go over one or two chapters within them. I'd read over my notes a couple of times or do out a question once or twice when it comes to maths until the information goes into my head.”

Read More: Ten tips to help you prepare for your exams with one week to go

Sam McGinty, Head Boy at Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny

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Sam McGinty, Head Boy at Coláiste Ailigh, Letterkenny
 

“I like to make up notes for everything that I do. On my desk I have a folder for each subject and every time we complete a chapter or concept I will write it out in a way that makes sense to me and makes it easy to memorize. For subjects like math, I do a lot of practice questions from each chapter.  For more concept based subjects like business I have a mini white board and I pretend to teach the concept so as to reinforce it into my brain.”

Read More: Do girls study better than boys? Leaving Cert students give us their answers!

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