ASTI President sends message to exam students

Tuesday 05 June 2018

In a message to 120,967 students beginning their Leaving and Junior Cert written exams from tomorrow (Wednesday, June 6), ASTI President Ger Curtin urged students to keep things in perspective over the coming weeks:

“While some level of anxiety is completely normal, it’s really important that you keep things in perspective. Exams are just one small aspect of life. They are not everything. It is much more important to focus on how you are, rather than how you are performing, over the coming weeks. Eat well, get plenty of rest, take exercise, build in relaxation time, organise yourself so that you have everything you need each day and so that you are not rushing to get to an exam in time.”

The ASTI president warned against marathon study sessions and post-exam analysis during the exam period. “After each exam, look ahead to the next one. Stick to the facts, rather than catastrophizing.”

The ASTI President said that Ireland has a fair, objective and trusted State exams system which is valued by teachers, parents and students.

“Students can rest assured that each exam will be marked objectively and that their efforts will be evaluated in a rigorously fair and transparent way. Each student will receive an independent statement of their learning from the State Exams Commission which is recognised nationally and internationally.”

Finally Mr Curtin thanked all of those involved in this year’s Leaving and Junior Cert exams including students and their parents and teachers.