Exam Tips

Exams are lurking just around the corner for many of our students. Teachers and students are working hard to ensure that our group of high achieving students will reach their goal.

We have complied a list of exam tips that may be useful for those who are approaching exams in the next few weeks.

 

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  1. Give yourself enough time to study – Last minute cramming is less effective than information that is ingrained in the mind through studying in advance
  2. Practice on old exam papers – Previous exam papers are a useful insight into what your actual exam will be like and are also useful to identify areas that need improvement.
  3. Productivity – Make every minute of study time count. Avoid procrastination.This is when you do everything else but the task you need to do! You can reward yourself afterward if you are productive during your designated study time.
  4. Take regular study breaks – Allow yourself to take a break from study sessions. Your concentration levels will wane as your brain becomes tired.
  5. Eat well – Eat food that is known to assist with brainpower and try not to be tempted by junk food.
  6. Hydrate – It’s a well-known fact that dehydration has a negative effect on the brains’ performance, so make sure to drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
  7. Work Space – Organise your work space so that it’s tidy and comfortable. It is much more enticing to study in an environment that is suited exactly to your personal study needs. For example, make sure that you have a suitable chair, table and adequate lighting.
  8. Sleep – Make sure that you get adequate sleep. You cannot study or perform well in an exam if you are sleep deprived.

 

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The Day of the Exam

1. On the morning of the exam, allow yourself sufficient time to arrive at the exam centre. You do not want the added pressure of rushing on the morning of an exam.

2. Make sure that you have read all the exam guidelines in advance and that you have all the necessary requirements to enter the exam room, for example, your photo identification and any other necessary documentation.

3. Try to forget about everything else that is going on in your life for a few hours and channel all your concentration solely on the exam. Go in with a clear mind and a positive attitude. YES YOU CAN!

 

All the team here at ACET want to take this opportunity to wish all our students the very best of luck in their upcoming exams. We know that you will all do great!!

 

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Fundraiser held at ACET in aid of The Irish Heart Foundation

Red Hot Day @ ACET

Irish Heart Foundation fundraiser

Last Friday 13th of February ACET students and staff dedicated some time during their lunch break to raise money for a very worthy cause, The Irish Heart Foundation. The fundraiser coincided with the beginning of Valentine’s weekend and was fittingly called Red Hot Day!

Poster Irish Heart

Some familiar ACET faces Michael, Patrick, Oisin and Kevin from the teaching staff underwent a makeover in what we called ACET’s Next Top Model. Once the beautification was complete, all four modelled on our ‘catwalk’ at reception and entertained us all.

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The winners of the raffle were also announced last Friday. Some excellent prizes were kindly donated by our neighbours on MacCurtain Street including vouchers for Gourmet Burger Bistro, The Shelbourne Bar, The Cork Arms, Pronto Cafe, Paddywagon Tourism and Greene’s Restaurant. Tickets were sold throughout the week and the response from students and staff was excellent.

 

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Great fun was had by all and a significant sum was raised for The Irish Heart Foundation. A huge THANK YOU to all who supported and participated in the ACET fundraiser.

 

Love Is In The Air!

Love is in the air at ACET this week! 

ACET Hearts

Today in Ireland we associate Valentine’s Day with customs of purchasing flowers, chocolates, jewellery and the exchange of greeting cards. However these customs have only come into existence in the second half of the 20th Century. February 14th was originally a day in recognition of a third century Roman martyr, Saint Valentine.

 We have asked our students from around the world if Valentine’s Day is celebrated in their country and what traditions they have when celebrating it.

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Out Catalan students tell us that in Catalonia the legend of Sant Jordi is celebrated on the 23rd of April each year. This celebration surpasses Valentine’s Day in Catalonia. A book or a single rose is often exchanged between couples and also friends.

Saint Jordi

Our Omani students say that Valentine’s Day exists in Oman but it is not as commercialised an event as it is in the Western countries.

 Our students from France say that the French Valentine’s customs are similar to those in Ireland.

Our Swiss students have said that Valentines is also a big day on February 14th, but that   a singles day on the 13th February is also on the rise!

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Our Korean students say that while Valentine’s Day takes place on February 14th  there is a different custom in Korea. Women give presents to the men primarily. There are also several other special dates in Korea. For example White Day on March 14th is the day when men  give gifts to women.  Black Day takes place on April 14th. This is day for single people to celebrate!

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Our Brazilians say that in Brazil Valentine’s Day occurs on June 12th . Similar to here it is a commercial event which sees restaurants, florists and hotels offering Valentine’s weekend offers.

In Venezuela , people meet with friends and exchange small gifts quite similar to the Secret Santa custom at Christmas time. This way everybody gets a gift.

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We hope that you enjoy Valentine’s weekend.

Lots of love from the ACET team !!

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Winter chill arrives in Cork

As we are experiencing a particularly cold spell of weather around Ireland this week, we asked our students how they are adjusting to the Irish weather.

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Our Swiss students have no fear of the cold weather! Here they are seen enjoying the snow.

 Andrea  Hernandez Arzola – Venezuela

“I think that everyone expects that there will be constant rain in Ireland. However when you actually arrive here, you are pleasantly surprised. You can see the sun, mist, rain and blue sky all in one day in Ireland.  I remember looking out the window at the snowfall and thinking how beautiful it looked, so I took this photo. I saw that the temperature on my phone said 1 degree. I climbed back into bed!”

Andrea Cork City snowfall night

 

 

Lyncoln, Douglas & Gerson – Brazil

Lyncoln  Douglas Gerson

“The air is so fresh, it is amazing.The air is cool unlike the 35 degrees heat at home in Brazil at the moment. We are used to such warm temperatures. This is new for us, but it’s not a problem. When you buy a warm jacket and invest in a pair of gloves then it is all good”.

 

 

Aurelio Bauer – Switzerland

“Cork weather at the moment feels just like home to me! Only, I wish I had my snow board with me to tackle some of the snow covered hills that I see around the edge of the city. I love to snow board in Switzerland.”

Aurelio Bauer Snowboarding

A mid-air shot of Aurelio snowboarding in Samnaun in Switzerland.

Mohammed Al Quasmi – Oman

Mohammed

“It was a big change when I arrived in Ireland last year. This winter is my second time ever seeing snow. I studied in Ireland last year also so I got my first introduction to snow then. Now in Oman the temperatures are about 23 degrees in the day time and it drops to about 17 degrees in the night time.”

 

  Mercé & Dolors – Spain

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“The weather in Cork now is similar to the temperatures at home in Catalonia right now. In the mornings here, there is frost on the grass and footpath around the house of my host family. We look forward to visiting Blarney Castle at the weekend. We have seen spectacular photos of the castle in the snow.”

Blarney Castle in the snow

 

 

All the ACET team hope that you have a wonderful weekend!

 

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