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Sean0902
How to start taking school seriously

i cant lie during 5th year i did nothimg but mess around and my summer exams results were so bad so now i need to drop to ol maths and still get 400+ points anyone have advice on how to do that?


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Sean0902
Sean0902
i also do english irish biology french and engineering but also very bad at physics and biology
Tin Tin
Tin Tin
It depends on how bad ur results were but if you study very hard and regualry do paper questions starting from now, you could get 400+. If you're determined, start now. You will likely need to devote yourself to school however and if you are prepared to make that commitment and take school seriously 400 is doable. My advice would be set a list of achievable goals for each week. Then build upon them. Also download Anki, its useful for definitions and memorising terms, if you use it correctly that is.
Joseph22
Joseph22
I was like you this time last year and managed to turn it around and get 500. I started from day one in sixth year and didnt look back but, I can tell you that the hardest part was getting started. In subjects like biology and physics my best advice is study consistent and dont leave the class without not understanding something and when you go home make sure you look over it again. I most definitely advise to stick with exam paper questions for biology and you should get the mentor Biology book its a real helpful tool but DON'T ABANDON YOUR TEACHERS NOTES, just use the book as an aid because it is very good in helping to understand things clearer. In regards to staying focused - STAY AWAY FROM NEGATIVE STUDENTS. I had mates in biology that i knew I'd be chatting to so I plonked myself up the front on day one and stayed there the whole year. Also try and organise your notes now because organisation is key. Personally I had one folder going into fifth year but by Halloween i had five big ones put together which eased the stress of looking for stuff. The last thing ill say is keep with your work which is most important and dont be afraid to start revising over old material early especially since you didn't do much in fifth year. It is going to be a hard year and I did watch the odd cheesy motivational Video to keep me going. The Will Smith brick story is one I definitely recommend and lastly keep telling Yourself "its only one year".
Sean0902
Sean0902
i averaged H7s H6s and H5s but actually failed biology and maths (H8) i know that me spending time on HLmmaths would take time away from other subjects so i dont mind dropping as it woukd be the only ordinary level i do. But do you think with exam papers i can see a huge change in grades for the other subjects?
Joseph22
Joseph22
You should see a difference man because a lot of subjects such as biology is just rote learning.
Ceciliangoma
Thank you for the motivation because I was really worry about the leaving cert. I did terribly bad on my summer exams and I really want to improve and you gave me the motivation to make that improvement so I thank you :blush::pray_tone4:
IrishJuniorCert
I'm against dropping any subject TBH, since you're still going to that class, right? I think if you focus on Math for 1 year, do homework, then you'll be able to ge min H6. It might be worth quitting sport & other activities. I know people say to keep them for mental health reasons but unless you're a blue haired goth then you should be able to survive a year without your beloved activities. Focus & make it fun, study at home, have a desk, phone downstairs, use a computer if you need the internet (cant access snapchat, etc). If you start doing 1 biology exam paper each night (take some nights off and do it on weekends), you should have them all finished by end of the month and you'll honestly be at least a H4/H3 standard after that. USE MARKING SCHEME THOUGH! Just doing questions is useless or looking at the answers is equally useless. Mark it as an examiner, tot up marks, give yourself a grade, watch it slowly improve too.. That's what motivate me for JC study, each exam was higher grade & exposed me to more topic. Examining it made me realize what to do, I was more exam trained & answered things based on what SEC wanted. Once papers are finished do Physics next month then Engineering and so on. False positive is when you do them in class later in year you'll be doing better than you should, since you've seen paper. That's why you wanna mostly focus on mock, prepared for by reading your textbook, and then get past mock papers and work them + textbook until June.
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