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Sunday 19 November 2017

Zoe's exam secret? Listen to languages in your sleep

A DUBLIN student who scored the maximum 600 points in the Leaving Cert has revealed the secret to her success -- listening to languages during her sleep.

Zoe Lynch, from Cornelscourt, South Dublin, appeared on the Late Late Show last night to offer her advice to this year's students.

Zoe is in her first year of psychology at Trinity College, having scored straight As in her exams.

And asked to reveal the secret of her success, Zoe admitted she listened to both French and German on her iPod "non-stop".

"I was doing two language subjects -- both German and French -- so I decided that it was kind of crucial to me that I had a way of conquering both the aural and oral aspects of the exam.

"Together both of them count for about half of your grade. So I downloaded German and French on to my iPod and in the mornings, I'd be listening to German on the way in to school on the bus and on the way home.

"Or if I was doing something banal like cleaning my room, I would always have it playing in the background. Before I went to bed or something like that, they say if you listen to it before you go to bed, while you're sleeping somehow it seeps away into your brain."

Zoe also urged teenagers set to sit the exam to taking plenty of breaks and enjoy a social life.

She said that despite the pressure, she still had time to go out with her boyfriend and pals on the weekend.







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And she has no intention of emigrating to find work, despite having a US citizenship.

"I was born in America, so I have American citizenship, which is an advantage so I'm happy here at the moment," she said. Zoe was joined on the Late Late show by Katie Hewitt and Cillian Fahey, who also scored top honours in the exams.

Katie told Ryan Tubridy that she has gone on to study medicine in UCD after seeing first hand the care her grandad received.

"I lived with my grandad for the last few years and he was always really sick. A good few times he was put into hospital and we'd all be called in and told that this man was really sick and miraculously the doctors would bring him back.

"So that was what made me want to do it."

Cillian -- who sold his notes on eBay for €3,000 -- said confidence is the key to good exams.

"You need to have confidence in your abilities," he said.

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