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.
- Give yourself enough time to study – Last minute cramming is less effective than information that is ingrained in the mind through studying in advance
- 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.
- 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.
- Take regular study breaks – Allow yourself to take a break from study sessions. Your concentration levels will wane as your brain becomes tired.
- Eat well – Eat food that is known to assist with brainpower and try not to be tempted by junk food.
- 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.
- 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.
- Sleep – Make sure that you get adequate sleep. You cannot study or perform well in an exam if you are sleep deprived.
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!!
We asked some of our students what fun things they did in Cork this week.
Reto Felix Muehlemann
“I went to an improvised drama session at the Camden Palace on Tuesday night. It was great fun. It takes place once a month. I’m going to get some more classmates to come to it with me next month.”
The Camden Palace is a community Arts Centre located on Camden Quay in the city centre. For a full list of events you can check their website www.camdenpalacehotel.org or see Facebook.
Nicolas Tetard & Silvan Achermann
“We went to the Céili dancing class last night in Clancy’s. It was brilliant fun. The Irish dancing is crazy! Once you realise that everybody is learning it for the first time and that nobody is looking at you in particular, then you can really get involved in the moves. We are going to go every week!”
Irish Céili dance classes take place every Tuesday night at 8pm in Clancy’s Bar on Marlboro St.
For more information on Irish Céili dance classes check out their Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/CeilibytheLee
Julie Jacquelin & Julie De Corte
“We stayed late at school on Monday evening and hung out playing board games! It was simple fun!”
Anna Delia Rodríguez
“I’ve signed up for a Knitting Club that starts this evening at the wool shop close by the school. It is a good way of meeting people and taking part in a creative activity.”
The group meets at Vibes and Scribes on Maccurtain Street on Wednesday mornings from 10:30-12:30 and on Thursday evenings from 5-7pm. It is free to join. They say to simply bring your knitting or crochet and good conversation!
Check them out on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/vibesandscribesartscrafts
Have a wonderful weekend from all the team at ACET!
Student life in Cork
What to do?
We asked some of our students how they spend their free time in Cork after school.
“In the evenings when my studies are finished, I have been socialising!! I have been to many of the pubs across the city. We all love to go to The Vicarstown and drink Guinness, even though we know that Beamish is the preferred stout in Cork.”
“I booked the Cliffs of Moher tour at the school and went on Saturday. The Cliffs of Moher were amazing. It was a particularly windy and cold day but even then it’s an amazing experience. I recommend that others should visit these cliffs during their time at ACET.”
“So far I have only explored the city centre. I love the small streets throughout the city that have no cars. Along these streets there are so many little coffee shops and vintage styled pubs for people to enjoy.”
“I have only just arrived to Cork on Sunday. So far I have found that Cork people are really friendly! I’m planning to visit Blarney Castle at the weekend so I look forward to that!”
What are your favourite places in Cork?
It’s less than three weeks into 2015 and we have all returned back into the routine of daily life, but are those New Year’s Resolutions lasting?
We decided to ask some of our students and staff what New Year’s Resolutions they have made for 2015.
“I had hoped to quit smoking…but it hasn’t worked for me so far.”
“I need to get a driving licence and learn to drive.”
“I have none. I’m awesome already!”
“To stick to the wheat free diet.”
“To keep up the yoga and make (and drink) juice.”
“To make my own lunch for work…and to try and keep it for lunch rather than eat it as a second breakfast.”