Entries by Joe McCormack

Joe’s Jotter: How 2nd and 3rd Years Can Make the Most of their Evenings

Students, as we come towards the end of the first few weeks back in Secondary School, it is important now that you get into a routine of homework and revision, both during the week and at the weekend. Breaks are important for all students who are putting effort in at home each night, as well […]

Joe’s Jotter: Performing Well in Difficult Subjects (Case Study – Maths)

As you settle into the new year, teachers and parents totally understand that even though you are making great strides, you still have plenty of fears. From speaking with students over the years, I find it’s not the full set of exams that cause concern, it is usually only one or two subjects. Naturally everyone […]

Joe’s Jotter: Reviewing your Exam Scripts Efficiently 2022

Leaving Cert Students, Many of you will wish to view your Leaving Certificate Exam Scripts to see where you made errors and possibly where you should have picked up some more marks. The first thing to note is that from 12pm on Tuesday September 6th, students will have access to their written exam (component and […]

Joe’s Jotter: Your Guide to CAO Options 2022

  The results of the State Examinations Commission (SEC) jury are now in as we await round one of CAO offers on Thursday September 8th at 2pm. Successful students will be sent an e-mail from the CAO with round one offer(s) from 1.30pm onwards on Thursday. Students who do not receive an offer will get […]

Joe’s Jotter: The Best Ways to Navigate Secondary for a Student with SEN

  Students who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) can struggle with various different tasks each day at Secondary School. As teachers and parents of first year students, we want to make their transition to Secondary School as smooth as possible. The Additional Educational Needs (AEN) Coordinator manages resources for the one in four students (ESRI, […]

Joe’s Jotter: Tips to ACE the Transition into 1st Year (Part 2)

  Practical steps to smooth the Transition into Secondary School There are loads of positive initiative’s both you and your child can take as they start Secondary school. In Part Two of this feature, I will discuss three key areas for you to consider in order to ease this transition: One, the importance of learning […]

Joe’s Jotter: Useful Insights for Parents on…Secondary School Maths

  I think it may be interesting for both students and parents to consider the following observations I have become aware of in Maths over the last number of years. Maths is a very emotive subject, and everyone has their own way of understanding and practicing it. This presents its own set of difficulties. The […]

Joe’s Jotter: Tips to ACE the Transition into First Year (Part 1)

  There are so many genuine concerns for students as they make the leap into the big pond that is secondary school. Over the next few weeks, I will provide Information and direction to help you as a parent to reduce the stress of this unique transition. This feature article comes in two parts. Firstly, […]

Joe’s Jotter: Anticipating Better Revision Methods in 2022/23

  The key to doing well in exams is continually trying to improve the quality of your preparation. An hour of good quality revision is equivalent to three hours wastefulness. Was your revision productive and fruitful in the school year just gone? Here are some reflections to help you assess this and also to contemplate […]

Joe’s Jotter: Wholesome Summer Foddering for Students

  Summer is a time for rest and reflection. As a student, do you ever think about your diet and the foods you eat? Do you go overboard on the junk food at times? Here are some pointers to read and have a think about as we approach mid-summer 2022. This article is not to […]

Joe’s Jotter: Improving our Exam System 2022

  The debate is ongoing in relation to continuous assessment at Secondary school, with a keen focus currently on the percentage and type of allocation taking place for the new Junior Cycle. Many subjects at Junior Cycle level now have Classroom Based Assessments (CBA’s) incorporated into them. With a review of the Leaving Certificate (likely […]

Joe’s Jotter – 25 Summer Reflections for Students

  Students, Here are some light reflections to help you enjoy your summer holidays and stay in a positive frame of mind. Enjoy these long summer days. Write down a vision for your future. Organise and store what books/materials that you need/don’t need for September. Take a step above it all and have a closer […]

Joe’s Jotter: Was your Revision Good Quality this Year?

  Students, Did you struggle to find the best ways to revise this year? Did you feel like your classmates were always a step ahead of you in class? Do you just read your notes aimlessly hoping you will remember some of it later? What areas of revision did you fall down on this year? […]

Joe’s Jotter: Choosing your Course (My CAO Countdown II)

Investigate each Course’s Content Student’s, in order to rank your courses in a way that suits you best, choose ones you really want to do (not necessarily the ones your friends are doing or ones your parents want you to go into). Choose for you and no one else. When choosing a course, be sure […]

Joe’s Jotter: Choosing your Course (My CAO Countdown I)

  Change of Mind Oncoming As the ink dries on the final few Leaving Cert Papers, the attention for 6th years immediately turns to reviewing and checking their CAO choices made earlier this year. With the CAO change of mind deadline approaching at months end, I felt it good timing to provide some guidance to […]