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My friends came out of honours Maths 2 looking shell-shocked


Leaving Cert Student Aisling Ryan at her home in Dunboyne

Leaving Cert Student Aisling Ryan at her home in Dunboyne

Leaving Cert Student Aisling Ryan at her home in Dunboyne

I WAS in tears when I rang my grinds teacher the night before Maths Paper 2 begging to know how to work out the slope of a tangent on a circle.

The exam turned out to be difficult but doable. I think it went well overall but even though I did the pass paper there was a gnawing feeling that you never know how well you did.

With a lovely construction and, oddly enough, no definitions, it was as nice a paper I could have hoped for.

However, the final Context and Application questions threw me and I messed up badly. Still, I'm only looking for a decent pass and I felt for the honours class, who came out shell-shocked.

For the next exam I faced my other pass subject, Irish Paper 1. As with Maths, the jump between pass and honours Irish is massive. While I was casually looking over my one-page story and letter, my friends in honours were cramming in three- to five-page essays on social problems and complex stories that would rival any English exam.

However, the aural went very well considering that was my weakest area and a story about throwing a party while your parents are away quickly developed into an A&E scenario.

The letter left me a little puzzled as I didn't quite understand enough to get all the points in, but I think it was auditioning for a new talent show on RTE. Hopefully this piece won't get a slew of emails telling me I was completely wrong.

Next up is Irish Paper 2, and, for some, Biology. I for one will be cramming in Michael Collins's essays and reading flashcards on the Moon landing.