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Junior Cert Diary: It's no fun sitting there in the exam hall while the sun is shining


Isabel Doyle

Isabel Doyle

Isabel Doyle

IT is pretty miserable to have to sit exams when the sun is shining.

Between the French and History papers yesterday I tried to study out on the grass at school with my friends, but I couldn't concentrate.

I ended up having to retreat to the library, but it was a good job I did as many of the questions on the history paper were on topics I hadn't prepared for.

Luckily, I had crammed topics like the Cuban missile crisis in at the last minute so I had a lot of the information fresh in my mind.

I revised a lot for history throughout the year, but I was prepared for the fact that it is quite unpredictable.

The paper was tough, but I think I handled it very well, all things considered.

I won't have to worry about it again as I don't think I'll be keeping it on at Leaving Cert level.

I don't think I could do that to myself again!

My day started off on a good note, however, as the French paper was very do-able.

I surprised myself with the aural section as it's not my strong point, but I did very well with it.

The comprehensions were also the best ones I've seen in all of the past papers.

We were really prepared in class for the written elements of the paper, so they were a breeze.

Today I have Science, which is one of my least favourite subjects, so naturally I put the least work in.

There was a lot of last-minute revising in my house.

As soon as the exam is over I'm heading with my friends from school to do some shopping and grab some lunch.

We are all really looking forward to having the time to relax and blow off some steam.

I have a lot of time before I have to sit the music paper, so I plan to just do a few hours every day.

Hopefully there will be some sunshine left for me to take in.

Isabel Doyle (15) from Rathgar is a student at Sandford Park School