Tips for Leaving Certificate Students at Christmas

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It’s been a challenging year and we’re all looking forward to the Christmas Holidays. If you plan ahead it’s the perfect time to both look back and look forward and do the right things that will prepare you for next year’s Leaving Certificate. So below we take a look at a few tips for Leaving Certificate Students at Christmas

Tips for Leaving Certificate Students at Christmas

Take a Break

Yes – there’s a reason they are called holidays – you’ve put a lot of work into your sixth year studies so far and you have a long few months ahead of you.  So make sure that you take some much needed rest over the holiday period to give yourself a break and reward yourself with recuperation. Don’t use the time to sap yourself of energy and take on too much – enjoy the time with your family and friends and loved ones.


You should make a plan and take a few hours each day to study. You’re taking a break from full days at school but don’t take your foot completely off the gas! Your brain is a muscle and needs to be flexed! So why not dedicate 3 or 4 hours each day to hit the books. Use this time to focus on areas you are weak in. Also this is a great time to practise essay writing and work your way through past Leaving Cert papers.

It is essential that you plan out your study targets – what is it you want to achieve in each session? You will feel better knowing that you have achieved something and hit your targets at the end of a study session rather than just opening books and studying without goals.

Get Active

A great balance for your studying time is to make sure you take time over the holidays to get active. Make sure you get out of the house for an hour or so a day. Go for a run, a walk, or a cycle. Maybe you could meet up with a friend and spend your time together walking in your local park or or wherever there are nice walking areas nearby. 

College Courses

The CAO closing date is February 1, so the time over the holidays gives you the perfect opportunity to  familiarize yourself  with the courses you are planning to apply for. At undergraduate level you may be studying the course for 3 or 4  years. So spend some time exploring the content of the courses you are applying for. What are the options within that course, check out the different modules that the course offers and see if it’s a fit for you. It may be the difference in modules offered that makes you choose one course in one college over a similar course in a different college. 


Register now for free for to attend the Career Path Expo, which runs 9th & 10th March 2022

Career Path Expo is a 2-day, online, careers event for school-leavers in Ireland seeking to make decisions about their CAO and college choices.


Steven Galvin

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