Students often pass hours talking about what they need to do and discussing how unprepared they are for exams. Now is the time to quit the talking and start doing!
If you have not already started studying, now is the time to move into the driver’s seat and put the foot down. There is only ten weeks left until written examinations begin and, in less than three weeks, Leaving Certificate Orals take place.
Students need to ensure that they pace themselves over the next three weeks and do not focus solely on the orals. Students need to keep one eye on the orals and the other firmly on the final exams. Just because Orals are taking place does not mean that students can ignore other subjects and solely focus on the Orals.
In order to succeed in Oral examinations, students will need to practise, practise, and practise. In the coming three weeks, students should be studying on a daily basis for the Orals. It is important to remember that the Orals are not a test of knowledge; it is general conversation. Therefore, students should take control of the conversation and try to direct the conversation towards topics they have an interest in or have practised. It is vital that students remember that they are being scored on conversation, therefore the usual rules will apply i.e. looking at the person, a display of facial expressions, such as smiling etc.
It is important not to get anxious or panicked in the examination. If you do not understand a question that the examiner has asked, do not be afraid to say so. This is perfectly acceptable.
The most important point is to be relaxed and be yourself. Remember the examiner is there to give you marks. If you are well prepared, you can do extremely well. Keep talking, give plenty of detail and, basically, show the examiner how much you know and you will be fine.