Sunday 21 January 2018

What to study: top tips for the Leaving Certificate exams this week

Studying correctly can save a lot of exams heartache
Studying correctly can save a lot of exams heartache

Teachers have provided these last-minute tips for revision and how to tackle each exam in the coming days. Check back here regularly for more subjects to be added.

French Higher Level 

Reading over what you have written is essential. Re-read in three stages:

1) Check the verbs, their tense and whether you have put in the correct agreement;

2) Check the nouns and adjectives, their forms, and whether they are singular or plural, feminine or masculine ;

3) Check the general coherence, keeping in mind that it is better to write simply than to use indiscriminately everything you have learned.   

Also remember that the presentation of your work is important. Avoid using brackets. Double-check your punctuation. If you need to correct your work, do so in a neat and presentable way. 

Corrine Gavenda, The Institute of Education


German Higher Level

1) Revise oral topics covered in the general questions and cover themes studied in the picture sequences, as they may sometimes appear in the written section.

2) Listen to previous Leaving Cert aural tests to familiarise yourself with the different vocabulary that may come up. Learn weather vocabulary for the news items.

3) Study previous Leaving Cert comprehensions using the marking schemes to see exactly how they will be marked and how not to lose marks.

4) Read over past grammar sections to see what skills are being tested as these are often repeated. Check answers in marking schemes if you are unsure.

5) Prepare some key vocabulary and phrases for the written section.

6) Study key basic tenses and revise word order.

7) Ensure you are very familiar with the marking scheme and make a list of key areas where points are lost.

Orla Ni Shuilleabhain, The Institute of Education


Physics Higher Level

1) Review mandatory experiment questions for the Section A questions

2) Review "Electricity", it is a large part of the syllabus.

3) Allow 20 minutes for each of the 8 questions.

Pat Doyle,  The Institute of Education


Accounting  Higher Level

1) Timing - Section 1; do Q1 or 2 other questions.  55 minutes. Section 2; 90 minutes, 2 questions, 45 minutes per question.  Section 3; 35 minutes 1 question.

2) When doing the workings to the accounts make sure your transfer the 'final' figure into the final accounts.

3) If your balance sheet doesn't balance, don’t spend more than 2/3 minutes checking back. Move on.

4) Make sure you provided as much detail as possible for parts b) and c) in Question 5 - the ratio question.

5) Don’t forget your theory of accounting.

Arthur Russell, The Institute of Education


Chemistry Higher Level

1) Review the mandatory experiments paying particular attention to any procedures followed.

2) If you are considering doing Q4 (Short questions), review the questions that have appeared on previous papers.  Practice and Precision is required for this question.

3) Review the organic molecules, reactions and mechanisms part of the syllabus.

4) Question 5 on the paper deals with Atomic Theory, so review/ revise questions on Bonding, Ionisation and Bohr’s Theory as these regularly appear in this section.

Tara Lyons, The Institute of Education


Ag Science Higher Level 

1) Review the practical experiments.

2) Revise the Soil and Genetics aspects of the syllabus.  These topics consistently appear on the exam paper.

3) Be familiar with the 'Animal' topics on the syllabus (Dairy, Beef & Sheep).

Donal Power, The Institute of Education



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