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"Keep a positive frame of mind and surround yourself with positive people," says Betty McLaughlin, President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

"Keep a positive frame of mind and surround yourself with positive people," says Betty McLaughlin, President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

"Keep a positive frame of mind and surround yourself with positive people," says Betty McLaughlin, President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors.

It’s leaving cert countdown, with only one week to go before the exams begin.

Betty McLaughlin, President of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors, says the most important thing for students to do this close to exams is to keep up an established routine, and also, not to panic.

"Keep things in perspective. Realise that you have the work done. Keep a positive frame of mind and surround yourself with positive people. With positivity comes productivity."

"Try to relax. It’s just an exam. Remember that there are plenty of avenues out there. There is still time for the change of mind form, and there is still time to apply for a PLC course. Keep all your options open."

When studying this week, Betty advises:

  • Focus on the subjects of the first week now. These would be the most important subjects now. Break it down. You’ll have time for the other subjects in between those exams.
  • Practice the test papers and have a time plan for each paper, so you'll know how long you should spend on each exam question.
  • Revise, revise, revise! In the days prior to the exam, try not to learn new material. Concentrate on the topics you've previously studied.
  • Make a few memory cards with key points to your keep confidence up for before you go into the exam. Make these with facts that you need to remember
  • Stick with your routine. Continue to get up at same time and go to bed at the same time. Begin your study at the same time every day.
  • Balance is key. Eat well, sleep well, and make some time for excercise every day.
  • Talk to someone if you need to. A problem shared is a problem halved.
  • If you feel it’s helpful, get a revision group together, but avoid any friends that might be making your nervous.
  • Check the date and commencement of each exam that you are undertaking.  Tape your exam timetable somewhere prominent in the kitchen.
  • Always remember, attempt marks are awarded. Do not leave your exam centre early.

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