Spotlight on Students entering 6th Year in 2020.

©2020 Mary Hickey and Seamus Whitney Seamus recently spoke on South East Radio about the stress and uncertainty that students entering 6th year in 2020 are currently experiencing. To address this I have compiled a short blog that should be of interest to students and parents of this cohort. The theme that is arising from […]

What do I want to be when I Grow Up?

©2020 Mary Hickey What do you want to be when you grow up? What do you want to be when you grow up?  This question is often posed to children during primary school.  Responses to this question often include; a fireman, a camogie star, a farmer etc.  A recent family outing reminded me of this.  […]

Timeline for Leaving Certificate 2020

There are many queries coming in from parents and students regarding the timeline for CAO 2020. So to give some clarity on the situation I have put together this short blog. The most immediate and important task for Leaving Certificate Students to complete now is to confirm or opt in to receive Calculated Grades. Even […]

Student Subject Choice

  Leaving Cert Student Subject Choice   Are you or a student you know unclear on what subjects to choose for Leaving Cert? Maybe you’re unsure of what factors to consider before making your final subject choice? If you answered yes to the above questions, then keep reading.    According to research carried out by […]

Simple Tips for Exam Success (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of the “Simple Tips for Exam Success” blog. In Part 1 we outlined some tips and advice to follow during the upcoming weeks  on how you can prepare for exams. In this blog, part 2, we will be focussing more on how you can stay focussed during the exam as well […]

Simple Tips for Exam Success

So, the countdown is well and truly on with only a few short weeks left until the official start of the exams. Let’s look on the bright side, the end is near and freedom for the Summer months is just a stone throw away. There is light at the end of the tunnel! I am […]

Breaking Down the Barriers of Education with Resilience

  Resilience “refers to a class of phenomenon characterized by good outcomes in spite of serious threats to adaptation or development” (Masten, 2001).   This is something I see regularly in my work with young people and very evident with those young people who are impacted by the extra challenges of: ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s, Dyspraxia, […]

Applying for Medicine – have a Plan B in place.

With around 470 places available to study Medicine within the CAO system I estimate that less than 1% of applicants sitting the leaving cert actually gain a place. To do so they must effectively be capable of achieving a minimum of c.570 points as well as achieving a high score of around 175 on the […]