Today is D Day for over 50,000 students who completed their Junior Certificate examinations last June. No doubt parents and students alike are experiencing a mixture of emotions today (Wednesday). Students need to keep in mind that the Junior Certificate, while important, is not the be all and end all. Students need to be careful on how they interpret their results, as their results can have a positive or negative effect on future performance.
Students who receive good results in their Junior Certificate need to realise that this does not guarantee that they will achieve similar results in their Leaving Certificate exams. They need to ensure that they remain focused and continue with their study habits over the next two years if they are to excel in their Leaving Certificate exams. Often students get distracted with good results and see fourth year as a doss year as it is not exam based. This is a huge mistake as the Leaving Certificate cycle is a two year programme so therefore, one needs to remain focused, motivated and determined.
Students who receive disappointing results in their Junior Certificate should assess their overall performance since starting secondary school. Helpful questions to ask themselves include;
- Have I worked hard?
- Could I possibly have put in more effort?
- Did I miss much school?
- Did I focus when in class?
- Did I complete my homework every night?
- And do I know how to study?
Answering such questions truthfully should assist students in understanding and comprehending their results. After answering such questions, if students still cannot comprehend the reason for receiving such grades, it would be important for them to contact their school to discuss and explore their concerns in greater depth.
When students receive disappointing results one of two things can happen;
- There is a higher risk that they could drop out of school before completing their Leaving Certificate.
- The cycle will continue and they will experience the same disappointment come Leaving Certificate.
Students who receive disappointing results should seek the assistance of an educational expert to assess their learning style and put a plan in place in order to excel in future exams. Students who have under achieved in their Junior Certificate need to take stock of the feelings and emotions they are experiencing today and ensure that they do not find themselves in a similar situation come Leaving Certificate. Students need to understand that on the greater scale of things the Junior Certificate is not that important in later life. In fact rarely will people be asked to how they did in the Junior Certificate.
For further information or to make an appointment with an educational and careers expert contact Clodagh Higgins of Galway Careers Clinic, Salthill, Galway on 091-581234 or firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively visit www.galwaycareersclinic.com.