As thousands of students prepare to sit their Junior, Leaving and Leaving Cert Applied exams this June, Limerick Youth Service has a few tips that may ease the pre-exam stress and nerves.
The exam period can be a very stressful time for young people and Limerick Youth Service has a few tips that may ease those pre-exam stress and nerves.
Firstly, set a study plan. Everyone is different so what works for your friends may not
necessarily work for you. Be realistic about what you can get through and do not compare
yourself to others.
In terms of study, arrange your study space to ensure it is comfortable and suits you. For
the easily distracted out there-turn off the TV and radio and stay away from your
Unfortunately, stress is a part of exam time and the important thing is not to allow it to
overwhelm you. Remember the power of positive thinking and avoid negative thoughts
such as ‘I’ve no chance’ or ‘I’m going to fail.’ You have successfully sat exams before and
passed them-how do you think you got this far!
Try and avoid cramming, take regular breaks, keep hydrated and even go for a walk, run or
cycle-the fresh air will help clear your mind.
On Exam Day
Remember to check your timetable and arrive in plenty of time at your exam hall, which in
most cases will be your school. If for some reason you are late or miss an exam, please
contact your school immediately.
When you are doing your exam remember to read the questions carefully, use a rough work
page and use your allotted time.
Please do not leave the exam hall early just because your friend has.
After the exam, please try to avoid the post-mortem with your friends. Take a break, get
something to eat and then prepare for your next exam.
Throughout the exam period LYS’ youth spaces will be open to allow young people the opportunity to chill out and relax after their exams.
Need to Talk
If you are finding the exams tough and would like to speak to someone please talk to a youth
worker, teacher, parent or trusted friend.
You can also speak to Childline at Freephone 1800 666 666, while the youth information website,
www.spunout.ie provides online support and guidance.
Alternatively you can contact LYS’ Youth Information team at [email protected] or call 061-412444.
A member of Youth Work Ireland, Limerick Youth Service remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.
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