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Parenting a Leaving Cert student? Here’s how to keep stress levels low as exams kick off 

It has been a low-key build-up to this year’s exams, but students are still grappling with the anxiety of an uncertain future. The good news is there is lots you can do as a parent to support them

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Even the most prepared student can hit a wobbly when the exam paper is not what was expected or there is some last-minute, Covid-related, change forced upon them. Photo: Deposit

Even the most prepared student can hit a wobbly when the exam paper is not what was expected or there is some last-minute, Covid-related, change forced upon them. Photo: Deposit

Even the most prepared student can hit a wobbly when the exam paper is not what was expected or there is some last-minute, Covid-related, change forced upon them. Photo: Deposit

There has been little or no media build-up to this year’s Leaving Certificate. Perhaps it is because the public is distracted enough by the impact of Covid-19 and the pressure it has put on families. Perhaps there is enough going on for all of us that we don’t have the additional emotional capacity to spare a thought for those who begin the most important set of exams of their lives to date.

Perhaps, though, this set of exams has garnered less interest because we perceive the levels of stress that the students are facing to be much lower, since they have the option of also using their calculated grades when it comes to determining their final results.


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