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How to get straight A's!!!!
Shivy The Junior Cert — 05/04/18 41

I really want to get straight A's in my exam i am motivated but i dont know how to plan my study properly and efficiently. I would reall appreciate it if someone could give me some guiders on how study especially on T.G, English, Geography, Buisness and Irish.


41 Comments
Tsunn — 08/10/16
study all day everyday
eve333 — 08/10/16
no do not study all day everyday don't cram. I use exam papers and websites like duolingo for languages, quizlet for keywords and of course studyclix. if your writing long answers in geography or something use fishbone diagrams. hope this helps good luck
marywballyvee — 08/10/16
I think that a bit of study every day and at any free period is the answer to learning the most information for your Junior Cert. Past exam papers are brilliant as they are examples as to how the questions will be phrased in the exam. It is a very good and essential habit to get used to them to be well prepared and fluent in 'exam-question' language.
Eimear_d — 09/10/16
Hi :) Maybe these two links might help you out: https://www.studyclix.ie/Blog/Show/Stop-wasting-your-time-studying_dot_-Just-study-better_dot_- https://www.studyclix.ie/Blog/Show/How-to-make-the-perfect-study-plan They should help you with your study for the JC :) Eimear
Studygirlxox — 09/10/16
This website might help you with time management and organising yourself. I think study is all about pacing yourself. I am in your situation and at school we had a study course for JC so check out this link! http://www.studentenrichment.ie/study-tips
marywballyvee — 09/10/16
ok tks
A-123St — 11/10/16
@eve333 is Quizlet basically flashcards?
Shivy — 14/10/16
Thanks
Charles_5165 — 19/03/17
use exams papers theyd ask similar questions
naxmax9 — 19/03/17
It's very very hard to get straight A's. That being said a Guy In My Year got straight A's in his mocks!! Just study a lot and keep doing exam papers.
clionamac — 24/03/17
Eve333 what do you mean by fishbone diagrams
TheIrishNinjas — 24/03/17
Whatever you do, DO NOT CRAM UNLESS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY. For normal study, I'd say use exam papers, websites such as Cram.com for flash cards and (of course) Studyclix has some good resources.
TheIrishNinjas — 24/03/17
(Also yes, I get the irony of my advice and one of the sites I recommended being Cram.com XD)
marywballyvee — 24/03/17
Whats cram.com
TheIrishNinjas — 24/03/17
It's an online flashcard maker.
marywballyvee — 24/03/17
interesting and thanks. i might investigate it
kellyxoxo29 — 24/03/17
try using the less stress more success books
Saudking — 25/03/17
thanks
seb3 — 13/11/17
i am screwed because i have long term memory loss so i have to cram or i won'��t remember
ironfist — 01/02/18
do u think u can still do good in the junior cert if you only start putting in effort after the mocks???
BobRossIsStressing — 02/02/18
@ironfist yeah of course, the mocks are meant to be harder than the actual J.C anyways! spread out your study and dont cram and you'll do fine!
Sunshinegirlproud13 — 02/02/18
There's a gc on sc and we all tell each other what we've done, add me:naomi4lifexox and I'll add you to the gc
catlion369 — 02/02/18
I got straight As last year. I didnt study non-stop but I did study regularly and made sure when I did study it was worthwhile and useful. I didn't do TG. For English know KEY MOMENTS and CHARACTERS from your novels, plays and film. Also have some notes on comparing your 2 plays to each other and your 2 novels to each other. For play also think about how you would stage an act from it. For film also know techniques the director used to make a scene successful (camera angles,music, costumes etc). I would know 6 poems very well that cover a wide range of themes ( war,death,family, nature,love,loss) are the main ones. Also have notes on comparing some of your poems to each other. Visual literacy is huge (posters,graphs, pictures, etc). For answering comprehensions use a technique called point quote explain. State your point, give a quote to back it up and explain in more detail what you mean. Know the difference in writing styles (short story, speech, descriptive, etc). Know the different writing formats (letter, memo, conversation, blog, etc). Also know terms in poetry, novel, drama and film. Sounds like a lot but you've got to learn it if you want a distinction.
catlion369 — 02/02/18
In geography go through your exam papers and answer every question using your book and notes. Use these answers as your main notes. Learn them all off. You'll find the questions become quite repetitive and overlap considerably. Also know your diagrams and practice short questions as you have no hope of an a if you perform poorly in them. Make sure you make your points clear. There are no marks for waffle. Look at past marking schemes and see what marks are awarded for. If a question asks for 2/3 problems of something or ways soemthing happens make a new paragraph for each problem/ reason so the examiner can see your points.
catlion369 — 02/02/18
In business practice all the short questions in exam papers and write out ones as notes that you didn't know. Do the budget. Learn employment people at work insurance consumer banking cash flow forecast economics as your main topics for paper one. For paper 2 learn final acoounts business documents and ledgers really well. Also learn fators of production, account ratios, industrial relations, marketing, forms of business, chain of production. If you have spare time but DO NOT RUSH do 5 long questions instead of 4 on each paper. They will mark all 5 and use your best 4 for your result
catlion369 — 02/02/18
For Irish practice listenings but doing them. Also, on the educate website you can listen to past tapes while following what is being said which is great to improve your skills. Practice comprehensions. I learned 8 very different essays covering a wide range of themes. Learn a generic letter opening and closing and phrases. I learned 2 studied peorty and 2 studied prose answers with complete opposite themes. Practice understanding what each theme means and practice the unseen poetry and prose
Favour23 — 03/02/18
how many hours of study did you do a day to obtain these grades
thatguyadityaa — 03/02/18
At least 4 hours, 5-6 is recommened
thatguyadityaa — 03/02/18
But guys, this is just the JC, all we actually need is like 70 at least to do Honours in the LC
thatguyadityaa — 03/02/18
Relax
catlion369 — 03/02/18
In February/march I did about 2 hours study on weekdays at 4 each on weekend days. In April/may/ about 3 each weekday and 5 hours each weekend day. The week up to I studied as much as possible but still took breaks so I wasn't over tired. I didn't study at all over midterm after mocks as I needed a break I just did the homework we got and I made out study plans for each subject so I'd be ready when we went back. At easter I took about 6 days off and spent about 3 hours on each of the other 10 days.
thatguyadityaa — 04/02/18
@catlion369, did it pay off? Did you get like straight A's or all A's and one or two B's?
thatguyadityaa — 13/02/18
Just curious
Favour23 — 23/02/18
Thank you @catlion 369 How did you study for science?
martinherron145 — 23/02/18
email me i can help with anything martinherron145@gmail.com
moanna — 23/02/18
exam papers are your best friend if you want straight As. consistent studying in small bursts is much more effective than studying 8 hours one day and doing nothing the next. constantly revise old topics, even if you think you know it. experiment with different study techniques ie notes, flashcards etc and find what works best for you. not every subject can be studies using the same methods so its up to you to find what works best for you. always remember that you need to study smarter, not harder. the amount of hours you spend studying isn't important, its the amount of content you've learned within those hours is what matters
catlion369 — 24/02/18
Yes I got straight as
catlion369 — 24/02/18
For science do as well as you possibly can in coursework. Put the time into it and get your teacher to help you as much as possible. Make sure you experiment book is full so you get that 10%. In biology it's about knowing the theory, you have to learn it off and know how to label diagrams. In chemistry read things over and over to try to understand them. Physics is quite about theory also so learn the stuff and how to do calculations and use formulas etc. Know how to write out the mandatory experiments. The most important thing is to do every single past paper and then mark yourself after using the marking schemes to see where you're losing marks and go back and study those topics.
Mat2001 — 24/02/18
I got straight A's, my advice would be to keep doing exam questions in all your subjects. As an example for maths, I would do an exam question a night, the less stress more success books for paper 1 and paper 2 are extremely useful! I asked my science and maths teachers for mocks from other years and by the the time the JC came around I had maybe 15 or more papers done in Maths and Science. In History there are patterns for question 4,5,6 and luckily enough they proved true in my exam. Geography = exam papers again. French = exam papers. For Irish I was lucky enough to do the oral and get a horrible question in paper 2 so I guess everyone was marked easier! English, the new course is horrible, I do not like it, but just do exam paper questions under exam conditions! Time yourself, 5m = 3mins I think was the guideline our teacher gave us. In the actual exam write down the time you start and time you want to finish a question. If you don't move on and go back later if you have more time. Good luck!
Favour23 — 26/02/18
Thank you catlion369 and Mat2001
Jasxx — 05/04/18
catlion369 and mat2001 what did you guys get in your mocks?
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