Picture the Scene
- You have 60 minutes in which to answer two of the three questions
- Half way through you start to run out of ideas.
- You forget about that brilliant point that you were going to make.
- You read through what you have written so far and you get that horrible sick feeling that you haven't answered the question properly.
Spend some time planning what you are going to write
Before You Start Writing:
- Read closely all the questions in the Irish History section of the exam paper and carefully select which questions you are going to answer.
- Check you can answer all parts of the question, especially the parts with most marks, before you decide to do it.
- Focus on the key words in the question and underline them and try to understand them.
- For the high mark answers do out a quick plan, it may help you organise your thoughts.
Time your answers:
- There is no need in the exam to write out the questions but do number your answers carefully.
- If a part of a question is worth four marks, keep your answer brief and spend only a few minutes on it.
- If the question is worth six or nine marks your answers should be longer and you should spend more time on them.
- In your answer you should refer back to the wording of the question.
- Keep your handwriting neat and be careful with your spelling.
- Make sure you leave enough time to answer all the required questions.
Before you finish the exam:
- Spend a minute checking your answers.
- If you run out of time, only as a last resort go into note form.
- Examiners may refer to the plan you have done if your answer is incomplete.