Sunday 21 October 2018

Dr Ciara Kelly: Five tips on how to convert exam stress into success

Dr Ciara Kelly
Dr Ciara Kelly

Ciara Kelly

If you, like me, have a Leaving Cert student in your house you know all about stress. The State exams are six weeks and three days away and it isn't an easy time for anyone - student or parent! It's long been discussed whether or not this is the best way to assess school leavers but it's all we have right now so we need to get through these last few weeks in a way that hopefully allows examinees to reach their full potential and everyone involved to hang on to their sanity!

First up it IS really stressful and that doesn't bring out the best in any of us so tempers fraying is to be expected - yours and theirs! Biting your tongue is probably the best course of action though because there's no point in making things worse by having rows that waste valuable time and leave everyone feeling emotionally drained.

There's still six weeks left and mountains can be moved in that time. So for those who are feeling panicked that they've left it too late or overwhelmed about where to start - there's still time! As one who did OK in her leaving and spent 13 years post leaving cert doing exams - never underestimate the power of cramming - you can still learn important facts up until two minutes before you walk into the exam hall!

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