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Saturday 10 December 2016

Leaving Cert Exam Diary: I knew Othello inside out and packed my answer with quotes

English Paper 2

Caoimhe Coburn Grey 18 from North Strand, Saidhbhe Casey 18 Kilbarrick and Maebhe Kelliher 18 Clontarf pictured after their English Leaving Certificate exam at Mount Temple.
Caoimhe Coburn Grey 18 from North Strand, Saidhbhe Casey 18 Kilbarrick and Maebhe Kelliher 18 Clontarf pictured after their English Leaving Certificate exam at Mount Temple.

ENGLISH Paper Two was extremely tiring - there was much more writing involved compared to the first exam.

I was delighted with how the paper went, which is a relief because it's always one that could go either way.

I was writing up until the very end but I ran out of time before getting to the unseen poetry question.

It is weird being in the exam hall. You are so conscious about the time and you are constantly looking around too see how fast other people are working.

Everyone in my school has been relaxed so far - thankfully both papers have suited us until now.

The single text question on Othello was perfect for me. I was very well prepped on the play. I knew it inside out.

I had lots of quotes learned off that I was able to pack into my answer which helps earn good marks.

For the literary genre question I struggled a bit more, but I eventually chose the question on settings and I think I made a good effort at it.

All three of the poets I was hoping for came up, which is practically unheard of.

I chose the Thomas Hardy question in the end.

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Maths today will be the first Ordinary Level paper I'll be sitting, and I'm quite mathematically minded so it should go well.

Over the weekend I will have to try and fit in quite a bit of study as I am facing both Irish and another Maths paper on Monday.

Comprehension

There isn't much prep you can do for Irish Paper One as it is all about your level of comprehension.

I have some essay questions learned off too - I think everybody prepares that way.

The exams are well underway now and my very last test is on the very last day of the Leaving Cert.

It's going to be hard to watch everyone else celebrate it all being over, but thankfully I have a few friends also studying Italian so I'll have company until the end.

Hopefully all of the hard work will be worth it when we come out the other side.

William Murphy (19), from Blackhorse Avenue in Cabra, is a student in St Paul's CBS.

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