Entries by Joe McCormack

Joe’s Jotter: The ACE Guide to Exam Preparation from Home (Parental Support and Final Thoughts)

   Parental Support for Students at Home Parents, your new role is one of increasing influence, given that your child is now at home revising for their exams all the time. Strangely enough, students actually like the structure of school and seeing their friends there every day. Being at home is not something they are […]

Joe’s Jotter: Exams are ‘Feeding Time at the Zoo’

  Food provides all the essential nutrients that we require for healthy living and to fuel our daily activity. A car can work well, but if it doesn’t have any fuel it can’t go anywhere. Unfortunately for us, no single food provides all the nutrients required, so a mixture and range of different foods must […]

Joe’s Jotter: Nifty Tricks to Remember Maths Formulas

  Maths Students, Knowing how to use formulas correctly is still as important as it was back in the 80’s and 90’s when you parents were young. Formulas help us understand questions better and assist us in converting the theoretical wording of a question into something useable. Often subbing in any correct value into the […]

Joe’s Jotter: Guiding your Child Through Exams 2022

Your Role as a Parent as Exams Approach One of your main roles, as parents, around exam time is to create a good atmosphere at home. It will be important to remain calm and try not to transfer additional pressure on to your child in the lead up. This applies whether they are sitting a […]

Joe’s Jotter: Why Practicing Past Exam Questions in Maths is Crucial

  Practicing past exam questions is essential if you’re looking to score highly in either Higher or Ordinary level Maths this June. Similar question types come up regularly; but you still need to revise all the topics on your course, as the Maths exam isn’t predictable anymore. Both sections (A and B) at Leaving Cert […]

Joe’s Jotter: How to ACE Any Maths Exam

  No matter how intelligent you are or how well you prepare, if you are not exam smart, you will underachieve in any Maths exam. It is also vital to have a plan in place for the content that can appear on your Maths paper. This involves going in there with your eyes wide open […]

The ACE Guide to Exam Prep From Home (Feature 5 of 6)

  The Importance of Your Friends Dear Students, Being successful in any new routine is determined by how positive your outlook is. In order to maintain that positivity, keep in touch with friends via WhatsApp and social media. Positivity also fosters better mental health. Maintaining contact with friends is vital, as you will understandably miss […]

Joe’s Jotter: Supporting your Child Through to Exam Day

Dear Parents, You may now be in the situation where your child is preparing for a final state exam and at times it will seem like you are the one actually sitting the papers. Firstly, ‘you’ getting stressed out and worked up will only make them more anxious. Students need to be encouraged and rewarded […]

Joe’s Jotter: How to Improve Homework at Secondary School

    Is Homework Useful? Students, Time spent at homework each night serves two purposes. Firstly, it is a reminder of what you did that day in school. In my opinion, the first five minutes of homework you do in each subject should be to go back over what the teacher did in class that […]

Joe’s Jotter: How to become a Specialist at Maths Exams (Part 2)

  Thousands of students have gone through the exam system having achieved their dreams, so be sure to aim high and keep believing in yourself. Put a plan in place today, so that you can revise effectively for all your upcoming Maths exams. Here are my top twelve tips to ACE any Maths Exam – […]

Joe’s Jotter: Maximising Your Results (Junior & Leaving Cert 2022)

  With the exams finally set in stone for June, what is the best way you can maximise your chances of achievement with a few months to go? How do you go about getting the highest possible result in each subject? As a student, you obviously cannot change any of the work you have done […]

Joe’s Jotter: Positive Ways to Cope with Exam Strain

Play is as important as study It is vital that you build in time to have fun and relax between study sessions. Use your Lifestyle (Study) Timetable to help you plan enjoyable activities of relaxation and ‘play’. Going to watch your favourite team is a great way of taking your mind off school. Listening to […]

Joe’s Jotter: How to Revise more Effectively

  Spending a short amount of quality time with someone is better than spending hours paying very little attention to them at all. Revising for an exam is similar. You must hit revision in small intense bursts where you give it your 100% attention. The following are three useful efficiencies that will help you construct […]

Joe’s Jotter: How to become a Specialist at Maths Exams (Part 1)

Surprisingly, thousands of top Maths students over the years have struggled when it comes to performing to their ability in Maths exams. In my experience, there is now a disconnect between how teachers teach a Maths class and the skills students use during a Maths test. For some students, a fear almost overcomes them with […]

Joe’s Jotter: The ACE Guide to Exam Preparation from Home (Part 3 of 6)

Dealing with Motivation Issues – ‘I Don’t Know Where to Start’ Students, if you are struggling for motivation at home right now, put a half day’s timetable in place tonight and give it a go tomorrow. Set each revision block to just thirty minutes and time will fly. As you begin to see progress, your […]