Junior certificate 2019 induction

4 Sep 2018

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Junior certificate 2019 induction

  1. Junior Certificate 2019
  2. Junior Certificate • Like a half-marathon • Rewards consistency, not genius • Need to go into training
  3. WOOP WISH What is an important wish that you want to accomplish? Your wish should be challenging but feasible. OUTCOME What will be the best result from accomplishing your wish? How will you feel? Pause and really imagine the outcome. OBSTACLE What is the main obstacle inside you that might prevent you from accomplishing your wish? Pause and really imagine the obstacle. PLAN What’s an effective action to tackle the obstacle? Make a when-then plan.
  4. Physical Health Sleep Exercise Hydration Nutrition
  5. Mental Health Exercise Fun Balance Socialise Meditation Being creative
  6. Where to start Non Negotiable Do your homework as well as you can Participate as well as you can in class
  7. Review of 2nd Yr • What worked well? • What didn’t work well? • Any other comments
  8. Weekly/Monthly Review • What is working well? • What is not working well? • Any other comments
  9. What you do is more important than how much you do
  10. Are you being productive or are you being busy?
  11. Avoid distractions When you go from task to task, 40% of the time you don’t complete the first task
  12. Airplane mode Do not carry a digital leash 24/7
  13. Interruptions
  14. Get organised Get folders and write notes from the start, learn as you go and don’t leave everything until the last minute. Get a folder for everything, you might think it’s a pain but there’s nothing worse than going looking for that French sheet your teacher gave you two weeks ago, holding the key to your exam and discover that it’s missing.
  15. Write notes When you get closer to the exams you will love your old self for saving you time and effort by summarizing and highlighting the most important parts of each chapter. This will ultimately cut down the overall stress you feel before an exam.
  16. Avoid missing out on class time The more class time you miss the greater the risk of missing important learning points. Do not be an “a la carte” Cert student—students with the best attendance are the ones who reach their full potential
  17. Set up an area for you to do homework and study You do not want to be staring at your "study desk" that's cluttered up with makeup, bracelets, books, bath salts, a bottle of lemonade, and a t-shirt. Hopeless. Always de-clutter. It's really important to have a designated area for yourself so you can come home and get straight into your work, instead of messing around or trying to get settled in somewhere else. It's always helpful to decorate your space too, with stuff you find cheerful, so it makes studying seem less torturous and horrible (which it is).
  18. • Spread out tasks over short periods of time and take brief breaks every 20 minutes or so. It’s a good idea to include a reward to enjoy at the end of a long study session. • Follow daily routines such as studying at the same time each day and in the same place, with distractions switched off or removed. Some say it's best to try to simulate exam conditions as much as possible in your study area and that we remember best under conditions that resemble those in which the original learning took place. Figure out what works best for you. • Begin with something fairly difficult, even a topic you don’t like. Achievement boosts confidence and energy for the rest of the session. • Pose questions about the subject matter before, during, and at the end of a session. Self-test as you go along. Revision is an on-going process, not just a priority in the days before exams.
  19. • Know that question-answering techniques are a huge part of exam preparation. Ask for help from your teachers on how best to answer exam questions in each subject. • Study sample questions set by teachers (as well as previous exam questions) to ensure that the material you are learning can be applied to the types of questions that come up in exams. • Take part in occasional study groups with other students to discuss difficult aspects of a subject, to share knowledge and techniques, to teach one another and to inject extra motivation into your study. And remember it can be good fun! • Seek advice from a teacher or parents if stress sets in or problems arise. Parents have been there, done that, and know a lot more that you think! Above all: don’t spend days drawing up elaborate plans. Find out what you have to do, how to do it, and then do it!
  20. Training In training for any game, the most important thing is practice. Practice, practice, practice. You can know every page of the book, but if you can't get it down on paper within the required time you might as well not have bothered. And as anyone who has ever marked exams will tell you, the most important thing is that you answer the question: the question that is in front of you, not some other one you maybe wish had been there. This also comes with practice
  21. Set time limits In your Junior Cert. examination you will be expected to work against the clock. Your study should also involve working against the clock. Allocate a set time for each study topic or question. Your teachers will be able to suggest how much time is reasonable to study any given question.
  22. Do not expect study to fill a void that non work activities should – schedule things you enjoy
  23. Vietato Lamentarsi Pope Francis Moaning is forbidden “offenders are subject to a syndrome of victimhood that reduces their sense of humour and capacity to solve problems. To be at your best, you need to focus on your potential and not your limits. Stop complaining and make your life better”
  24. Fear of failure
  25. Go back to basics Participate as well as you can in class Do your homework as well as you can Set small goals for yourself – e.g. commit to doing 5 minutes study a night. What to do if you’re
  26. Best advice Imagine you are 30. What advice do you think your 30 year old self would give you about the Junior Certificate?
  27. • for exercise and nutrition • Pray as you Go for prayer • Headspace, Mindshift, Moodtools for de- stressing • Evernote for organisation • Quality Time – my digital diet for analysing phone use • Freedom for blocking you from using different apps at times you decide
  28. • Duolingo and Memrise for languages • for Maths and Sciences •,, and for general study resources • Crashcourse youtube channel for different subjects and general study tips