- Schedule your revision. Set aside time for studying all the subjects and not just those at the start.
- Avoid finding out about what's on the paper. Remember it's a learning exercise and the purpose is not to impress teachers and parents, but to discover your strengths and weaknesses. So make it genuine.
- Go over topics that you covered in fifth year. It may be more than a year since you looked at them.
- You can learn from the mocks how important it is to get the timing right during exams. Plan how you answer questions, so you don't run out of time.
- It may be a good idea to study with a friend, because it can help to get you started. However, a larger group can lead to distractions.
- Study past papers closely and what marks are given. Try questions from sample papers in the time you would have in an exam.
- Analyse the questions closely. Make sure your answers are relevant to the question.
- Scrutinise the marking schemes on the State Examination Commission's website (examinations.ie). It helps give you an idea what examiners are looking for in an exam answer.
- Learn from your mistakes and don't be disheartened by them. Analyse your grades and focus on those topics that need to be improved.
These tips were printed online by www.independent.ie on 29th January 2014. They may be some help to you. If you can think of any more tips, please leave us a comment!
I am an English teacher in St. Oliver's Community College, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland. Follow me on Twitter at @julesheeney.