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Exam Success is not based on knowledge alone.

Fundamentally, exams test your ability to answer questions. You must apply this skill, applying what you know to fit the question.

Study isn’t easy, unfortunately good results are secured only by hard work.

STEP1: Be a success at school:

Take responsibility for your own learning- you have an obligation to make school work for you- see your teacher as a valuable resource.

Be positive-the more you learn during class the less work you have to do at home. Try not to lose interest in the subject-remember the teacher is not the subject. It’s your loss to lose interest.

Be Prepared: Have assignments ready- start each class with a positive willingness to learn- make sure you have revised the previous lesson in the subject. Read ahead-you’ll learn much better- the easy material will be reinforced and you will identify the most difficult areas which will need special attention.

LISTEN-ask questions, when unsure and jot notes when helpful.

How to make notes & cut workload:

Ideally notes should be brief yet complete reminders of the essential information. Work to develop the ability to distinguish the “need to know” from the “nice to know”. The first paragraph of each paragraph should be a significant point.

Written Homework is vitally important.

Homework is home study and includes 4 vital activities;

  • Revision of today’s homework
  • Written homework
  • Making notes; highlighting chapters and producing study cards
  • Revision of old chapters
  • Firstly revise today’s class work on the subject.
  • Attempt your written work under exam conditions
  • Try not to use your textbook or notes
  • Try to complete within exam timeframe for similar exam question
  • Check for mistakes or omissions and try to avoid similar ones in the exam
  • Display the information in an easy to read accessible way- make it easy for correction. Good presentation is a valuable skill –it can gain you marks in the exam.
  • Diagrams should be large, accurate & proportioned- label items carefully and neatly.

Getting Motivated

The only one who can do it is YOU

Self motivation is much better than coercion by parents and teachers. Lack of motivation means study is of little priority to an individual. You can’t value education if you don’t study THUS by accepting that study is not easy , you can motivate yourself by thinking about what it can help you achieve –points, career etc

  • Set yourself challenging yet attainable goals
  • Set realistic targets
  • Monitor your progress
  • Take care of realistic daily goals, the long term goals will take care of themselves    


  • Make the most of class time
  • Revise all of today’s homework
  • Complete all written homework received that day
  • Revise some old chapters  
  • On Friday you should at least complete all written homework received that day and the weekend is completely free for  REVISION


Complete your planned study schedule for Saturday and Sunday

Revise again all weeks class work

Finish this week’s study cards and chapter notes

Revise some old chapters

Try to achieve these goals. IF YOU DON’T ALWAYS SUCCEED DON’T GIVE UP!

Use a regular place for study with no distractions-no radio, music, TV , phones or talking

Recommended time for 1st year students one and a half hours approx

1st Yr- 1.5 hrs -2 hrs

2nd Yr- 2 hrs-2.5 hrs

3rd Yr – 2.5- 3hrs

4th Yr – 2hrs per night

5th yr -2.5 -3hrs

6th Yr – Record ,Learn, Write, Revise; 21 hrs per week

Students should List subjects in order of preference

Then list subjects in order of difficulty

Two subjects should be revised every night matching a difficult subject with a subject you like.

Study the difficult subject first and all learning should be left to the end of study.


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