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Exam Tips & Study Guide


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Studying for Exams

Firstly, you will need to be realistic. It is all about setting realistic goals. Aim for the results you want to get and course you want to get into.

You must take into consideration your past results, effort, study and time management. This will allow you to set realistic goals.

1. Study is not just about the amount of time you spend looking over your notes but the quality of study you are doing. Always remember quality over quantity.

2. Dedicate certain time every evening and weekend for studying.

3. Set your study plan in stone and stick to it. Make sure that your study is effective by summarize the topic you have just studied.

4. Test yourself by answering a past exam question on the topic you have just studied.

5. Do not get frustrated or stressed. Sometimes you just need to step away from the books.


6. Repeat, repeat and repeat. You should repeatedly test yourself on the topic. As the saying goes, practice makes perfect, which is key to exam success.

Eat, Sleep & Exercise

Remember Coláiste Naomh Eoin’s ESE strategy:

  • Eat – Zone in on what you are eating. It is essential that you have a balanced diet. Be sure you are getting all the required vitamins, Omega 3 and drinking plenty of water.
  • Sleep – You need to recharge your batteries everyday. If you are sleep deprived you will not be able to concentrate properly. Get 8 hours sleep a night.
  • Exercise – Healthy Body = Healthy Mind. Get out and about when you are preparing for your exams. Exercise releases endorphins, which make us feel happy. This will boost performance and it will be easier for you the happier concentrate and study.

Exam Day

The big day, try be as relaxed as possible. Focus on yourself by taking some quiet time before you go in. Remain confident and calm, you have done the work.

Let the information flow and always read the questions more then once.

Stick to these simple guidelines:

  • Write clearly. The examiner can only give marks if they can understand it.
  • Only answer the question you are asked. Read the question several times to be sure.
  • If short on time, write down key points on that topic. This could at least get you a few extra marks. Blank answers do not get marks.
  • Try and enjoy it.

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