The Leaving Cert Study Plan - A Student’s Guide
July 9, 2016
The Leaving Cert Study Plan: A Student’s Guide
The start of the school year, with your moving into your Leaving Cert year and preparing for your studies, is a daunting time; there is pressure to perform well. It’s extremely important to get organised through all this period and sort a study guide and timetable to hit the ground running.
Your Leaving Cert Study Plan:
Leaving Certificate students are encouraged to aim for 120-150 minutes of good quality study per day. This does not include homework completion.
Study sessions should comprise of 40 minutes slots – 35 minutes work, 5-10 minutes break.
Each slot should have pre-assigned motives and goals e.g. complete a short answer exam section or complete three diagrams of river erosion. Goals must be assessable to ensure work is being done.
Study area should be neat, ventilated, bright and free of distractions. The study area should be consistent each evening as to ensure comfort and ease of access to study material.
Study area should be vacated every 35 minutes; the 5-10 minute break should not be spent in a seated position. Grab a snack, some fresh air or a drink of water.
Study least favourite subject first while energy levels and enthusiasm are at their peak. Study contrasting subjects together e.g. language then maths. Contrasting learning styles and tasks will prevent mental fatigue.
Weight each subject; subject requiring most work assigned greatest weight. Assign study slots as determined by weighting.
Reward System. Watch an episode of a series as a means of unwinding and forgetting about academics prior to bed or any other past time one may enjoy.