Top tips for students beginning the Junior Certificate or Leaving Certificate exams this week.
Mix of emotions
Individuals can feel a range of emotions when facing into taking exams. You might feel confident, or you might feel nervous, stressed or worried. Remember, you have learnt a huge amount of information throughout your time at school. Exams are an opportunity to show what you know, but they are a very narrow assessment and do not reflect all of who you are as a person.
Here are some top tips which you may find helpful on the day of your exams:
On the Day of Your Exams
Eat a good breakfast
Fuel your body and mind for the day ahead
Take deep breaths
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth to bring yourself back to the moment
Read the paper carefully
You could begin by marking off the questions you want to answer. If you focus on these first, you'll quickly settle into the flow.
Keep an eye on the time
How you use your time can make a big difference – try to leave some at the end to check over your answers
If you are struggling with a question
Move on and come back to it at the end if you have time
All you can do is try your best!