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State exams continue

Wednesday, 5th June, 2019 5:08pm

More than 13,000 students are settling into the second day of their state examinations in Cork today. English was the first subject to battle yesterday morning while today sees the turn of the engineering and English Paper 2 exams for the Leaving Cert and Irish Paper 1 and 2 for Junior Cert students.

Leaving Cert English Paper 1 for Higher and Ordinary Level was “a mixed bag” yesterday but for students who didn’t panic it should have been okay, according to English teacher Helena Hennessy. It was a similar situation for the Junior Cert English paper.

Last year saw some controversy with the Higher Level Paper 1 requiring material needed for Paper 2. Ms Hennessy, a teacher at Coláiste Fionnchua, a Cork Education and Training Board school in Mitchelstown, said that this crept into Paper 1 this year too but their students were well prepared for it.

She said: “There was no real shocks or surprises. Some questions were a bit lengthy which would have taken up more time than normal, and the exam would have suited those who don’t panic a bit better.”

6,344 Cork students are sitting the Leaving Cert exams, 229 are taking Leaving Cert Applied exams while 7,195 are sitting the Junior Cert this year.

Home Economics was the second exam of the day yesterday in the Leaving Cert and Civic, Social and Political Education was the second Junior Cert exam.

ASTI President Breda Lynch urged students to maintain perspective over the coming weeks. She said: “While exams are important they are only one aspect of your education. You have already achieved so much during your time as a second-level student. Most importantly, your experiences and efforts have helped you to develop as an individual and as a member of society. Your goal now should be to look after yourself over the coming weeks ensuring all the hard work pays off. Eat well, get plenty of rest, take exercise, build in relaxation time, organise yourself so that you have everything you need for each exam. Be familiar with your timetable for each day and allow plenty of time to get to the exam. I would advise that after each exam, you look ahead to the next one. Avoid post-mortems and the inevitable social media hype.”

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