How to get an H1 in Leaving Cert Business

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Business is a modern, real world subject. It the most popular business subject and is widely regarded as the easier of the three, but with only 3.8% of candidates attaining an A1 grade in the 2016 exam, it’s clear there are numerous pitfalls! Michael Ryan, who got an A1 (H1) in the exam last year, shares some study advice in the blog below and gives a step by step guide on how to tackle the exam!

 

How to Get a H1 in LC Business

1. Get your notes right: 

When studying Business, it is important that you write out your own notes from the textbook. This is called active learning and is far more efficient than just reading the book alone. Studies show that you remember 10% of what you read but 60% of what you write. What I did was, when I had written out the notes, I closed the text book and tried to write out the notes again afresh. This will show you what you know and don’t know.                                


2. Keep practising past papers:

Try and answer questions from exam papers or Studyclix as often as possible. This should only be done after a chapter has been studied as it will give you a taste of a real exam situation. Make sure to check the marking scheme afterwards, it will show you where marks are awarded and what the examiner is expecting from you. Similarly, if your teacher assigns you a question for homework, study the material first and then answer the question without your notes. I found that this is the most effective way of learning all the material.


3. Prioritise the questions in the exam:

As the Applied Business Question (ABQ) will be asked on specific units (e.g. 4,5,6), the units you study in your particular year of study should be at the core of your studies because the material from these units will appear in the short and long questions too. 

4. Use all resources at your disposal:

Make good use of online resources such as Studyclix and examinations.ie. The Chief Examiner’s Report which was released this year on the examinations.ie website will show you exactly what the examiners are looking for. Likewise, keep an eye out on the discussion forum on Studyclix and feel free to answer any questions people may have there, as explaining concepts to people who don’t understand them is always an effective form of study.


5. Keep up to date with current affairs: 

Listen to the news on a regular basis. Much of the news is in fact relevant to the Business course. Take for example the Volkswagen emissions scandal which was mentioned on last year’s paper. By having previous knowledge of these things you will be more capable of thinking critically about them in an exam situation and coming up with advantages/disadvantages etc. in a question.


 

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Read all of Michael's tips and advice in the guide above or download and print them all here.

 

Good luck in the exam!

Michael and the Studyclix Team

 

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