The Limerick Youth Service’s 2017 Exams Guidelines
With thousands of students sitting their Junior, Leaving and Leaving Cert Applied exams this June, Limerick Youth Service is wishing students all the very best of luck.
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 for your 2017 Exams. 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, radio and stay away from your phones!
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.
Remember to check your timetable and arrive in plenty of time at your exam hall, which in most cases will be your school. For some reason, if you are late or miss an exam 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 exams period, Limerick Youth Service’s youth cafes and spaces will be open to allow young people the opportunity to chill out and relax after their exams.
If you are finding the exams tough and would like to speak to someone you can talk to a youth worker, teacher or trusted friend.
Childline provide confidential service, contact a freephone 1800 666666
The youth information website, Spunout provide online support and guidance here.
You can contact Limerick Youth Service’s Youth Information team here or call 061-412444
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