This section features effective study tips and tools for Leaving Cert students. A more comprehensive version of this section, with interactive capability, will soon be available as a monthly subscription service in the Members Area.
Do Schools Kill Creativity? Here is a really interesting TED talk from Sir Ken Robinson, where he talks about the failings of traditional approaches to teaching instead of focusing on the inherent creativity and talents of individual students. The strong focus on Maths, Science and languages in our schools overshadow the more creative skills many of us possess. Do Schools Kill Creativity - Sir Ken Robinson
Take a focused approach, don’t jump from subject to subject or topic to topic Try to relax but avoid daydreaming Don’t doubt yourself or your ability to get the work done Focus on a positive outcome and that’s what you will get Allow yourself regular breaks to recharge the batteries Make sure you get enough sleep so that you are not tired when you are starting your study program each day
If you haven’t tried flash cards or MindMaps as an aide de memoire, try using them now. Consider using mnemonics to help you remember detail. Whether it is a useful rhyme, phrase or even a song, these quirky techniques are an excellent way to recall parts of a certain topic; and you needn’t worry about the difficulty in constructing these small memory aids; they are easy to make up and can even allow study time [...]
Night-before Rituals: Scan through all of the shorthand notes you have prepared If you haven’t already done so, look through past exam papers and decide roughly how much time you will spend on each section When it comes to subjects like history for example, where many essay questions are asked, it is worth writing out some keywords to help you remember the vast amounts of information you have already learned. On the night before the [...]
Forget about everything other than the tasks you have set yourself for each individual study session Plan by way of goals and not time. It is not useful to say to yourself that you are going to be sitting there for 4 or 5 hours. Instead focus on your goals for each study session Don’t set yourself impossible goals as this sets you up for failure Chunk it down. In other words, break each subject [...]
Schedule your study session. If it is pre-planned it will be much more effective. Be disciplined. Don’t run over time on certain subjects at the expense of others Use shorthand notes, flashcards or Mindmaps and avoid going back to read text books Study while you are fresh and don’t wait until you are nodding off to quit Incorporate doing practical exam questions to test yourself as part of your study program. This can be a [...]