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!!


What did our students get up to this week?


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

Student life in Cork

What to do?

We asked some of our students how they spend their free time in Cork after school.

Pascal Maerchy


“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.”




Martin Skoloud


“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.”

Cliffs of Moher

Vera Silberring


“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.”

Patrick's St

Flavia Schildknecht


“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?

Keep Your English Up-to-Date

English is an evolving language and new words and expressions are often added and the meaning of existing words can change.

Let’s take a look at some new words and the new use of some existing words.

floordrobe‘Floordrobe’ – where do you keep your clothes? In a wardrobe or a chest of drawers? Perhaps you keep your clothes are on the floor, then you have a floordrobe. There are no hangers or drawers or doors, just drop your clothes on the floor – it’s so much easier to find in the morning if you just leave them on the floordrobe!

whatever‘Whatever’ has many functions, such as:

We can use it to mean everything or anything, for example: ‘You can have whatever you want for your birthday’

We also use it when we can’t think of the word we want or it is not important, for example: ‘you can use any colour, red, green or whatever.

However, nowadays, it is used more and more often as an exclamation to dismiss someone or show an indifferent attitude. ‘Whatever!’ By using this intonation, people stop an argument either because they know they won’t win it or they are wrong.



Use some of the sites above to look at the meaning of ‘selfie, ‘ginormous’ ‘chillaxing’ ‘newbie’ and ‘glamping’.

Do you know of any new words that you would like to tell us about? Let me know! Laura

Making the most of your Dictionary

It’s finally Friday and that means another post from ACET! Today I’m going to talk about how to make the most of your dictionary.

dA good dictionary is invaluable when learning English.  A monolingual dictionary is preferable and provides a lot more than the meaning of words.

 With a good dictionary you can:

  • check the spelling of a word (k-n-e-e)
  • check the plural of a noun or past tense of a verb (go – went – gone)
  • find out grammatical information about a word ( is it countable or uncountable)
  • find the synonym or antonym of a word  (similar word or opposite word)
  • look up the collocations of a word (worried about – interested in)
  • check the part of speech of a word (noun – verb – adjective – adverb)
  • find out how to say a word (phonetics)
  • find out about the register/style of a word (informal – slang – old-fashioned)

Which type of dictionary?

Using online and electronic dictionaries are becoming more and more popular. Electronic dictionaries are a good choice as they provide native language equivalents and explanations, as well as definitions and example sentences in English. Also, they can sound the word out in English and they are lighter to carry to class. However, they can be quite expensive. With a computer, you can use online dictionary. There are many good ones for ELT learners. A high level (advanced) monolingual dictionary is highly recommended for ELT learners with a high standard of English and a keen interest in language and word use. Modern dictionaries are based on large corpora of naturally occurring language which helps ensure the information is up to date and informative.

ddAs well as knowing how to use your dictionary – you need to know when to use it.

Looking up every word you don’t understand is not recommended. You have limit yourself and choose the most useful words to check and the right time to do it. Try to guess the meaning from context and if you can’t and it seems important, then look it up. Don’t interrupt your reading for too long or too often.

In class ask your teacher to write new words on the board in context which you can then record in your notebooks. Better not to look it up in the dictionary in class as you may miss something else – check it at home later, if necessary.  

Use your dictionary now to look up some of these adjectives.  Have Fun! Laura