Wednesday 21 February 2018

So what happened to the Leaving Cert A team?

ELAINE GALLAGHER MARTIN MAHER
ELAINE GALLAGHER MARTIN MAHER
Deirdre Reynolds

Deirdre Reynolds

Meet the A-Team: five Irish graduates who notched up a staggering 3,000 points between them in the Leaving Cert.

Around 50,000 secondary school students from across the country begin their final exams today. As they nervously wait to turn over English Paper 1, however, getting straight As is probably the last thing on their minds.

"Success in the Leaving Cert is not just about getting 600 points," says Ian Power of youth website SpunOut.ie.

"It's actually as simple as getting through the long exam period the best you can.

"Focus on bagging the course you want through productive revision, eating properly and getting enough sleep.

"It's not too late for some last-minute revision, but don't overdo it," he adds. "On the evening before an exam, one to two hours of focused revision, including a break, is plenty. On the morning of an exam, try to be just on time to avoid any study bragging with classmates. It's not going to help to hear how much, or little, study others have done.

"Similarly, avoid post-mortems after exams and use the time to take a break before focusing on your next exam."

Last year, 5,140 students scored at least 500 points out of a maximum 600 (before bonus points for higher-level maths), with 150 achieving a perfect 600 points for six higher-level A1s.

As the class of 2013 pass into the university of life, however, do points really count?

Here, five people who got 600 points in their Leaving Cert give their view.

Irish Independent

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