Friday 18 January 2019

Junior Cert Diary: The panic subsided when I opened my paper

EMMA MAGUIRE (15) from St Mary’s Secondary School in Baldoyle was feeling nervous before her English exam when she met up with friends and found they’d covered different topics.

I was up at 6.30am yesterday morning. I woke myself up because I thought I was going to be late, but I arrived with plenty of time at 8.45am. I chatted to my friends about how they'd studied and what they had studied, and I began to get worried because I hadn't looked at the same topics as them. But once the exam started my nerves went away.

The unseen comprehension in Paper One came with tough enough questions. The piece itself was straightforward with a letter from Maeve Binchy telling someone how to write a book. But the questions were really hard and I felt you had to really concentrate on it.

I wrote the letter speaking to a son or daughter in the future where you had to teach them and I really enjoyed writing that. I found it inspiring to write a letter that you would never read again to your future child.

In Paper Two I found the unseen poem quite hard because it didn't explain itself. I had looked back over unseen poems in past papers and I thought this one was harder than those.

I liked the unseen fiction, which was about Mister Pip, and in the personal writing I thought there wasn't much choice -- but there were two or three you could choose from.

I wrote the story about courage, and I imagined moving to another country and having the courage to meet new friends and the strength not to cry.

But for today, Irish isn't one of my best subjects, so I studied it last night and looked over some of the poems. The aural exam also takes place along with Paper One and Paper Two, but I've gone over the listening tapes over the past few days so I'm not too worried about it.

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