Students are all attending school, where and when possible online at the moment. These are challenging times for everyone, none more so than for our students who are preparing for their Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate Exams. There is course-work and revision to be completed all the while based at home. Staying motivated is understandably difficult. And then there’s the lack of the same engagement that they are used to as they interact with fella students and teachers.
XRoads Career Guidance has compiled a list of online resources which we believe will prove helpful to second level students as they prepare for their state exams.
Susan Leahy (pancomido.wordpress.com): Spanish teacher Susan Leahy has a free website for Spanish teachers and students, with lots of resources for the Leaving Cert orals and the higher-level essay questions.
Vifax: Leaving Cert students can keep themselves fresh by using the Vifax resources from NUI Maynooth where they take a story or two from Nuacht TG4 each week and prepare worksheets on them. vifax.maynoothuniversity.ie
LeavingCertlrish.com: Teacher John Gavin has hosted this website since 2001. It provides a host of updated learning resources relating to Leaving Cert Irish orals and the written exam. There are free daily webinars that anyone can watch live or look back on .
Century Series: The Irish Times century series captures events of 100 years ago which shaped the world around us, such as the War of Independence and World War 1, in vivid first -person accounts and expert analysis by today’s historians.
WaterfordMemories.com: The lives and experiences of women in Waterford’s Magdalene Laundry can be a great case study for history and CSPR students.
Politics and Society
PolSocPodcast.com: PolSocPodcast.com covers all things and is presented by Dr. Jerome Devitt, a teacher of Politics & Society, History and English.
TheMathsTutor.ie: This site provides online support and exam preparation for Junior Cert and Leaving Cert maths. Subscription-based, but a free trial is available.
EssentialFrench.ie: Students of French should check out teacher Natasha Lynch’s excellent resources, which are available on EssentialFrench.ie. Her SnapChat account is particularly popular.
SophiaPhysics.ie: This site offers a resources section and is covering topics for Junior and Leaving Cert phyics while telling the story of related physicists.
SCCEnglish.ie: Run by Julian Girdham at St. Columba’s College in Rathfarnham, SCCEnglish.ie has lots of resources for post-primary English, and more resources and ideas on JulianGirdham.com
AoifeNotes.com: English teacher Aoife O’Driscoll has a free website and has been uploading notes for Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert English on it for over ten years now.
Dublin Academy: The Dublin-based school provides online grinds. Some are free to access as a taster on Youtube, but you will need to pay to access more.
Institute of Education: The Institute has live online classes and grinds, which allow students to ask questions in real time, which are delivered using Microsoft Teams. Grinds in one subject cost from €440, with discounts for more subjects.
iRevise.com: This Irish revision website is providing students with free study resources for a month due to the school closures.
Studyclix.ie: One of the most popular of Ireland’s study websites, it offers notes, videos and a forum for students preparing for the Junior and Leaving Certs.
Studynotes.ie: Students and Teachers can use the free platform to share their notes and resources.
ExamLearn.ie: Founded by three recent school-leavers, who between them got 30 As in the Junior Cert and over 1,800 points in the Leaving Cert. Homeshool.ie provides an online grinds service for Leaving and Junior Cycle students.
Source: The Irish Times