H1 Notes https://h1notes.com Your #1 website for Leaving Cert Notes and Projects. Wed, 22 Sep 2021 09:24:22 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://i0.wp.com/h1notes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/cropped-H1-Notes-1.png?fit=32%2C32&ssl=1 H1 Notes https://h1notes.com 32 32 134634619 Advice To 6th Year Me https://h1notes.com/advice-to-6th-year-me https://h1notes.com/advice-to-6th-year-me#respond Wed, 22 Sep 2021 09:24:18 +0000 https://h1notes.com/?p=1422 Welcome to 6th year – the year of school that really matters (if your teachers haven’t already told you). This time it is not like going into 5th year (if you are read our advice for 5th years) you know what is going on, you are now the 6th years you were scared of when […]

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Welcome to 6th year – the year of school that really matters (if your teachers haven’t already told you). This time it is not like going into 5th year (if you are read our advice for 5th years) you know what is going on, you are now the 6th years you were scared of when you were in 1st year – it has all come full circle. Just because you are the “big guys” doesn’t mean you know everything. You still need to sit the Leaving Cert so here’s the advice I was I had when I was in my 6th year.

Hit the ground running

This is different to 5th year – you know your teachers, you know your classmates, you know the lay of the land. You shouldn’t need much time to settle in. You need to get back into the pace of school work quite quickly as your teachers will start laying the work on you thick and fast. Begin able to hit the ground running will help you with the next piece of advice.

Finish projects early

Don't work to a Deadline - ADVICE TO 6TH YEAR ME

Projects are like a set of golden handcuffs. This is because they give you the opportunity to get a large amount of points before you ever sit an exam. But the problem occurs when people are spending too much time on the run-up to exams on their practical assignments. This is the time you should be using to study. You shouldn’t be thinking about how much you have to do on your practical pieces! Get them out of the way and get studying.

Your Pre’s/ Mocks matter

In the long run, yes, your pre’s don’t matter (I can’t any longer remember how much I got on mine). But they do when you’re in the thick of it. Your mocks are a good benchmark of your current ability, study processes and determination. We would recommend you put in work in January to make sure you are getting around or above the points you need for your top choice on the CAO.

Really think about the course/ college you want to do

Most people won’t tell you this because they don’t want to. But choosing what college and course you do will have one of the biggest impacts on your life – this is probably the piece of advice I wish had most when in 6th year. I would argue that the college is a more important decision than the course. Why is this? What university you end up going to will decide a lot about your future. It decides your friend group, influences your interests and moulds you into your early-to-mid 20’s. Originally I was planning to go to Trinity but after going to UL open day I changed. I decided to go there instead (I had the points to the same course in both but put UL first on the CAO) – I am so glad I did. I have had a great time in Limerick and can’t imagine how I would have been if I went to Dublin.

Why I don’t think your course matters is because unless you want to do something where you need special accreditation or skills such as Medicine – the working world is really malleable. I know engineers who were in insurance beforehand, computer scientists that are now bankers. The real skill is being able to apply yourself – so don’t focus on the course, focus on the place, the people and the activities of where you are going to go.

Get some downtime

This will probably be your most stressful year of school (and for a lot of people – more stressful than college, besides FYP/ dissertation). So you need to make sure you have some time for yourself. Do something that will help you to relax – read a book, have a bath, spend time on insta, meet some friends. Just remember while you have to study hard, we all know someone that goes too hard too quick and is burnt out after the mocks/ pre’s then doesn’t do well in the actual LC – so stay in this for the long haul.

Diet & Exercise is key

Do not forget your diet - ADVICE TO 6TH YEAR ME

This is definitely something you should be dedicating your non-study time to. Make sure you have a balanced diet, drink water, don’t drink excessive amounts of caffeine (should stop drinking caffeinated drinks 6-8 hours before you go to bed). Minimise phone usage 1 hour before bed and make sure you are 7+ hours of sleep a night. While this might not be possible every day (sometimes you gotta burn that midnight oil!), try your best.
This goes hand in hand with exercise. It does not matter if it is cardio, martial arts, dancing, lifting – you name it. Just get out and get active. It will stop you from feeling lethargic. I also found it helped my mental and to clear my head after a long day of study.

Life after the LC

This is probably the saying I hated hearing the most when I was in my 6th year. When you are in the thick of it, it is hard to see past it. I won’t try to patronise you and belittle what you are going through. The Leaving Cert is tough but you can do this. We hope you take this advice on board as you go into your 6th year. Put your head down for this year and you will never need to look back at this period again!

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Getting A H1 in The Leaving Cert With Calculated Grades For 2021 https://h1notes.com/calculated-grades https://h1notes.com/calculated-grades#respond Thu, 29 Oct 2020 19:12:54 +0000 https://h1notes.com/?p=789 Please let me preface this by saying I am not a part of the SEC. I have no say if the Leaving Cert will be cancelled for 2021. This is merely my opinion that it is likely that it will be cancelled again. While the government has come out to say that the 2021 Leaving […]

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625 LC points - Get a H1 with predictive grades

Please let me preface this by saying I am not a part of the SEC. I have no say if the Leaving Cert will be cancelled for 2021. This is merely my opinion that it is likely that it will be cancelled again. While the government has come out to say that the 2021 Leaving Cert will go ahead. If a level 5 lockdown happens again will they change? Originally the date was set back to July for the Leaving Cert. Some people might think is tin-foil hat territory but things change quickly so why not be prepared if it is cancelled?
So with this in mind, this is how I would try to get a H1 in 2021 – with calculated grades (if the grading process is similar to 2020). Again this is an opinion, not a fact.

Wow. What a year 2020 has been so far. I don’t think anyone expected the year to go as it has so far. Especially when we were saying ‘2020 will be my year’ in January. People really didn’t like some things the government did/ lacked to do in dealing with the pandemic. But with hindsight, I think most people would agree that calling off the Leaving Certificate exams was the right call from the government. But this left the hole of how to replace it? Predictive/ calculated grades – love them or hate them it seems like they could be on the cards again.
The World Health Organisation does not expect a vaccine to be ready until mid to late 2021. It seems likely that in 2021, the Leaving Cert may be cancelled again (or possibly delayed).

How mock exams my affect your leaving cert results
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Ace your Homework, Christmas Exams and Mocks To get Great Calculated Grades

One of the main factors that you can control (as some of the factors were out of your control like Junior Cert results) is your grades in school. Making sure you have H1 standard homework leaves a Trail. Which, the examiner can use to justify giving you good estimated/ calculated grades. After we ran a poll on our Instagram it was near 50/50 split between people getting their course /points they wanted and not getting what they wanted. Therefore, it is important to set a baseline of good homework. This is so that estimated grades can work off. It is also important that any midterm test/ Christmas test / mocks you have are top-notch as well. This won’t be like any other Leaving Cert before it. If the Leaving Cert is cancelled it could be similar to continuous assessment except the assessment is derived from your school results.

Don't be a teachers pet but be on their good side to get a H1 in the Leaving Cert

No one likes a teacher’s pet – but they are not your enemy

Every class has that student that hangs on every word of the teacher. This may be because they genuinely really like them or the subject or sometimes is just to be in the good books. While I am not saying go get your teacher an apple, everyone has that teacher they simply don’t like. Simple things such as trying to talk less (this was my Achilles heel in class – I would talk to the wall), and asking questions will pay dividends. I think you have to start trying to get along with them. I have seen multiple videos of students either crying how their teacher brought them down or even confronting them in public. This is a bad outcome for both parties. You don’t need to be best friends but try your best get along.

How handing up your homework early can help you get a H1 in the Leaving Cert

Finish your homework early

Similar to getting on with your teacher – coming to class with everything in order will reflect well on you. You need to make sure you do your assigned homework before it is due. Not only will this free up your time and help you clear your head to follow your study plan (Oh you don’t have a study plan? check out this blog post). This approach shows initiative to your teacher, again putting you in the good books. Some people may call you out for it but you’ll have the last laugh. Especially when you get the points you want/ the course you wanted & they don’t get either because of grade inflation.

Extra class could be key to getting a H1 in the Leaving Cert

Got extra class? go to them

Some teacher really put in the extra work. They put on after school classes to make sure you get your projects are done (if you need a hand with project briefs check out our store) or just finish the course (such as higher-level maths). You need to make sure you are going to these classes. Not only to make sure you don’t fall behind but also to show your teacher you are committed to doing your best. This also extends to asking questions – make sure you are asking questions and interacting with the teacher. So you’re on the top of their mind of students for H1 grades.

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6 Tips On How To Make A Study Plan For The Leaving Cert https://h1notes.com/6-tips-on-how-to-make-a-study-plan-for-the-leaving-cert https://h1notes.com/6-tips-on-how-to-make-a-study-plan-for-the-leaving-cert#respond Thu, 15 Oct 2020 10:53:56 +0000 https://h1notes.com/?p=748 There is an old adage that says “Fail to plan, plan to fail”. Therefore, it is important for any person doing the Leaving Cert to have a study plan in place. This will help to get the most out of your study time. Have a physical study plan/ timetable printed out This was the backbone […]

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Tips on how to study/ make a study plan for the Leaving Cert (LC)
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There is an old adage that says “Fail to plan, plan to fail”. Therefore, it is important for any person doing the Leaving Cert to have a study plan in place. This will help to get the most out of your study time.

Have a physical study plan/ timetable printed out

This was the backbone of my study success. Having a physically printed out timetable made sure I knew what subject I had and when. My timetable was based off 25-minute blocks of study from 11:00-19:00. While you might say to yourself “8 hours of study, no chance of me doing that!”. Don’t worry I would be the same. I only did one and a half hours on a weekday and 2-3 hours on the weekends. Why is it 8hours? As it covers the entire day it stops me from studying only what I want. It doesn’t matter if I start studying at 11 or 2 – there is always a mix of different subjects I am doing!

Study Plan/ timetable example for Leaving Cert
This is the modified St Colmcille’s timetable I used for my Leaving. Notice how I gave a lot of slots to my least favourite subjects

Timetable your disliked subjects for high traffic times

Everyone has the subjects they love and the subjects they hate in school. For me, it was Maths and Physics. Maths was just never my thing! I knew I had soccer training twice a week after school. So, I knew it would be extremely unlikely I would be studying at this time. But very likely I would be studying 45 minutes after it.

That is why I put the subjects I liked the most in the times I was least likely to study. Then the ones I didn’t like on the time I was most likely! Having the timetable written down physically made sure that I couldn’t worm out of learning differentiation. Your timetable becomes your accountability partner. I would highly recommend using the template from St Colmcille’s. But, I would add more study sessions during school time so if you have a free class it will fit in there!

Are there any subjects you are struggling on? Make sure to check out some of our notes and projects on our shop!

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Don’t Stress About It!

Getting stressed about it will only make the problem worse. You need to trust in the process. If you build a good study plan, make sure to get a certain amount of study done each week. You will notice over time, once you get into the habit of studying, it will become second nature to you! I know you might be stressed out but please make sure to make time to do the things you enjoy. This will be the thing that will keep you sain and keep you coming back to study the next day.

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Using The Pomodoro Technique / Block Learning

If this isn’t the first blog you’ve read about how to study/ create a study plan you may have heard of the Pomodoro Technique. If you are unaware of it, it is a time management technique created by Francesco Cirillo for a more productive way to work and study. It can be changed to suit but most commonly it is 25 minutes on a timer of concentrated focusing. Then a 5-minute break to do what you feel like (such as replying to Snaps, scrolling on Insta etc.) then get back to it! I found this has worked great for me as it sets clear boundaries of when study starts and ends. This is especially good if you’re always scrolling aimlessly.

I would also combine this technique with an app such as Forest. In the forest app, you plant a sapling for a set amount of time. If you go on your phone in that time the tree dies and you’ve got a dead tree in your virtual forest. It won’t work for everyone but I found it helped a lot.

My study space when I was doing the Leaving Cert back in 2016
My study space back in 2016 – in a quiet room, clean and big sturdy desk.

Have a study space

While not exactly a “study plan”, having a dedicated area where you can go to study is important to get rid of any distractions. What’s the point of having a study plan if you can’t implement it!

While some people don’t have an option of where they can go to study. Here are some recommendations if you can.
Firstly, have the right ergonomics – this means having the right study setup. You should have an adequate size solidly built desk and a comfortable and supporting chair. Bonus tip: make sure to keep it tidy. You will find it harder to concentrate when you have a cluttered study space.
Secondly, have it away from distractions/ heavy footfall areas of the house. So that means the sitting room and kitchen table are both out of the question. This also includes the distraction of your phone (which can be taken care of with the previous step).

How To Write A To Do List That You'll Actually Stick To
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Create a To-Do list

I would highly recommend getting a little whiteboard and hanging it up where you can see it from your study space. Before sitting down to study for the day set out what you want to complete for that session. Then as you complete your objectives tick them off. This is one of the best things I found to help me study. On good study days, I get to look back at the end of the session. I get to see how I have done, which is usually much more than what I set out to do. But even on bad days when I think ” I got nothing done today” the board tells the truth. It usually shows I still got a good bit done and is a great confidence booster!

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Advice to 5th Year Me https://h1notes.com/5th-year-advice https://h1notes.com/5th-year-advice#respond Fri, 09 Oct 2020 17:34:46 +0000 https://h1notes.com/?p=728 I think a lot of people when they are going into 5th year are coming from two different worlds. One just had their shortest summer ever after sitting the Junior Cert (well that was in pre-COVID times…) in 3rd year. The other just spent the last year mostly dossing but that’s not always a bad […]

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I think a lot of people when they are going into 5th year are coming from two different worlds. One just had their shortest summer ever after sitting the Junior Cert (well that was in pre-COVID times…) in 3rd year. The other just spent the last year mostly dossing but that’s not always a bad thing. So I thought I would make an outline of the advice I would give to 5th year me, if I was to start it all again. Depending on how you come into this year can lay out how you feel about the entire year. If I was to summarise in one word what I would say 5th year me – Balance

Class Options - Advice to 5th year me

Class Options

Deciding from the outset what subjects you want to do will not only make you less stressed but it will mean you actually enjoy doing the subjects you are doing! If you decide to do chemistry but then realise you don’t like well good, change! Find something you want to do, now you know you’re not doing Chemical Engineering in university. A good example of this is I knew I only ever wanted to do Engineering. So that meant in 5th year I picked up Engineering (after not doing metalwork in the junior cert) – which I loved.

Since I knew I was doing Engineering that meant I didn’t need to do a third language (bye French!). Now not everyone is fortunate enough to know exactly what they want to do in university. But knowing what you don’t want to do will help narrow it down. If you want a taster of what different subjects are like, why don’t you look at some of our notes?

Getting back into the swing of things - Advice to 5th year me

You will get back into the swing of it

As I alluded to in the introduction, some people come back to school with a learning or a leaned back mindset. This depends mostly on what you just spent the last year doing. For me, I was one of the people that came back from TY after doing nothing and was shocked by the change. It was such a difference having no homework and barely being in class to being in evening study until 6 pm every schoolday and double block math classes. For the first month or two, this will be a massive shock to your system. But you need to know you will get back into the swing of things. Some people take longer than others but everyone gets back to there pace eventually.

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Projects

If you doing a subject that has a project component I would really recommend getting as much of it as you can done this year. It will pay dividends come March of 6th year. When you have just been stressed out from mocks you have 2 projects due and the Leaving Cert breathing down your neck it’s not a nice position to be in. That’s why I started some of the smaller parts of my Construction Project when I was in 5th to have myself ready for 6th year.

Senior Study Plan for LC

Study Set up / Planning

While I am not saying you need to be studying every waking hour of the week, I am also not saying that you should just wing it. Everyone has their own way of setting up a study plan. But what matters is being consistent with it. Why do 5 hours on a Sunday when you could have done an hour every school day and probably learnt more? I know for myself I had a system of every 30 mins set out 9:00-19:00 every day. Then I just made sure I did an hours study whenever during school days and 2/3 hours on a Saturday.

I made sure to put in subjects I didn’t like studying such as Irish and English in key time slots I would most likely to be sitting down and studying. This made sure I didn’t just sit down every day and only study for my strong subjects. You need to be strong across at least 6 subjects (ideally 7) not just your favourites!

Keeping on top of your study - Advice to 5th year me

Keep on top of it

By keeping to your schedule that you have created above it will allow being more flexible to do what you want. Nobody wants to be cramming for a test first thing Monday morning. Especially on Sunday when they could be watching a match. This “drip feed” approach to studying will help you to keep your sanity. But it also keeps your grades up. Also, I have also found if teachers see you putting in effort, they are more open to helping you where they can.

The Leaving Cert is and isn't far away - Advice to 5th year me

The Leaving Cert – It’s near but also far

Just like the 3rd years and 4th years mentioned in the beginning. There are two types of people that see how far away the Leaving Cert is. One thinks “2 years? That’s ages away”. While the other thinks “I have no time”. To be honest, neither of these are really the approach. You should be in between them. No, you don’t have all the time in the world, can you remember how fast the last 2 years went by? Also no, 2 years is a lot of time to get a lot done. Remember how long the 6 months from schools closing for COVID and opening back up was? If you stick to a flexible plan with a general outline you will be fine, you got this 🙂

You need your downtime - Advice to 5th year me

You need downtime

As the great philosopher Homer (J. Simpson) once said “No TV and no beer make Homer go something something” . BTW this is a homage to the saying “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy” & The Shining. Like Homer going cold turkey from what you love can make you go a little crazy. So it is important you can make time for doing what you find enjoyable be it TV, gaming etc. PS I would recommend getting some exercise in at least 2-3 days a week. Not only is it good for your physical health but the fresh air is equally good for your mental health.

It Is What It Is

The title of this section is going to date this post in years to come as an outdated meme. But there is a nugget of truth to it. Chance are if you are Googling advice for 5th years you are stressed out. I know you hate to hear people older than you saying “It’s just the Leaving Cert” (as I hated it too). To some extent they are right but time dilutes a lot of feelings and they were probably the exact same as you a few years ago. But you need to take a set back and release that just constantly chipping away. We hope you take this advice on board as you go into 5th year!

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