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

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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.


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